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November 15, 2006
Some people look clapped out at 25...
A "guess the age" quiz from the BBC Channel Four show,
10 Years Younger
. Tougher than you'd think.
15 years ago
I got 2 right.
I got 4 right - but yes it's tricky.
Sort of annoyed. It should tell you how old the person is when you guess wrong. I didn't make it through the whole thing.
I under guessed every age. Of course I knew I would do poorly on this quiz.
Do they tell you anywhere what the right answers are? I got "0-2". Tough, indeed!
oh, fuck off
0-2 for me as well, but I started picking the top one every time after the first seven or eight, just to see if I could spot where they were reporting the correct answer. They weren't. Annoying.
2 right. I think it's different guessing age when you're actually in person though - how they hold themselves, how their facial expressions form.
2 right for me, too. I agree, they should tell you the age when you're wrong. What a thoroughly unsatisfying experience - not knowing how far off I was.
They ruin it by making some of the ages you guess between only 2 or 3 years apart. I doubt I could guess
age to within 2 years with any regularity.
Channel 4 isn't a BBC channel (/pedant), they're independent, commercial, and they vary wildly between high art and LCD crap like this. The programme takes a person who has "let themselves go", and gets people in the street to guess how old they are. Then they give them new clothes, a new trendy haircut, a facial massage and makeup (and sometimes Botox etc), and then get people in the street to guess how old they are again. But the first time round, the subject hasn't washed their hair for a fortnight, and is wearing the frumpiest clothes the crew could find in their wardrobe. They're also standing a distance away, and so the person asked feels able to sneer and say "50" with no guilt. The second time around the subject is standing right in front of the person asked, so they feel compelled to be "kind". All the tricks you get with house makeover shows are used here - changing the lighting to flatter the 'after' picture, scattering cushions on the subjects face etc.
Four right, but I found the pictures way too small and was a bit miffed with the "you're kidding" response. The idea could make for an interesting test, but they'd need to improve on this implementation.
That was really freaking annoying. Yep, pics too small, stupid response for wrong answers. Would have been interesting otherwise. I got 5 right (after cycling through twice), and was a bit surprised that they were all heavy smokers. Then again, in my circle very few people smoke anymore. Almost all those who did have stopped . . . complete smoking bans in bars and restaurants will do that.
As if 30 would look any different from 32. Ridiculous quiz.
I got so annoyed that it wasn't telling me the right answers that I've aged 5 years.
Yikes! I just thought it was a mildly diverting way to show that age and appearance have a complicated relationship. Also, thanks for the clarification on the BBC and Channel Four. I don't live in Britain -- I bet you couldn't tell, eh?
I got only 2 right as well. But I'm not complaining that my poor score is due to the poor quality of the pictures. I know I'm generally a bad judge on age. All the young people look older and the older people look even older to me.
I got 3-5 right - I guess I got lucky guessing, because I'm a terrible judge of age.
lets you submit your own pictures.
They have the show here in the States, too
, and they use pretty much the same methods
described. Usually the show annoys me, but it's ok to watch if you're down with the flu or something.