The Big Sri Lankan Quiz

Hey kids, take a few minuites to find out if you really are Sri Lankan. Simply answer Yes or No to the following questions...

  1. You unwrap Christmas gifts very carefully, so you can save and reuse the wrapping (and especially those bows) next year.
  2. You have a vinyl table cloth (with flower or animal patters) on your kitchen table.
  3. Your stove is covered with aluminium foil.
  4. Your kitchen has a sticky film of grease over it.
  5. You use the dishwasher as a dish rack.
  6. You have never used your dishwasher.
  7. You save grocery bags, tin foil, and tin containers.
  8. You use grocery bags to hold garbage (and newspapers to soak your Badapu Kama --fried stuff).
  9. You always leave your shoes at the door.
  10. You hate to waste food (so you feed your pets all the Mallu and Mas Kattu --fish and beef bones).
  11. Even if you're totally full, if someone says they're going to throw away the leftovers on the table, you'll finish them.
  12. You have Tupperware in your fridge with three bites of rice or one leftover chicken wing.
  13. You don't own any real Tupperware: Only a cupboard full of used, but carefully rinsed, margarine tubs, takeout containers, and jam jars.
  14. You have a collection of miniature shampoo bottles that you take every time you stay in a hotel.
  15. You never order room service.
  16. You carry a stash of your own food (such as bread and Katta Sambol) whenever you travel.
  17. You wash your rice at least 2-3 times before cooking it.
  18. You fight over who pays the dinner bill (but really wants the other guy to pay it).
  19. You majored in engineering, medicine, accountancy or law (and your parents want you to get married to a person engaged in a similar profession because they think that such people are the only ones who make a decent living with prestige)
  20. When you go to a dance party, there is a wall of guys surrounding the dance floor trying to look cool.
  21. You live with your parents and you are 30 years old (And they prefer it that way). (This is because you can't find some one with a matching horoscope to get married to).
  22. You feel like you've gotten a good deal if you didn't pay tax.
  23. You reuse teabags.
  24. You have a drawer full of old pens, most of which don't write any more.
  25. You always look phone numbers up in the phonebook, since calling Information costs 50 cents.
  26. You only make long distance calls after 11 p.m.
  27. If you don't live at home, when your parents call, they ask if you've eaten, even if it's midnight.
  28. Your parents send money to their relatives in foreign countries.
  29. Your parents use a clothesline.
  30. Your parents are never happy with your grades because your mother's best friend's or arch enemy's child did better than you).
  31. You save your old coke bottle glasses even though you're never going to use them again.
  32. You keep used batteries.
  33. You keep most of your money in a savings account (because you think the stock-market is volatile).
  34. You call an older person you never met before "uncle/aunty." (If you meet an Aunty or Uncle in the States, they become closer to you than your own parents).
  35. The first thing (aunty/)uncle asks you is "where are your parents from (or what's your last name and vasagama)?"
  36. When your parents meet strangers and talk for a few minutes, you discover you're talking to a distant cousin (Appe Nuwara Mamage Puthane Mae!!!)
  37. You avoid motels, especially if there is an acquaintance within a 250-mile radius of your destination. (You would
    rather sleep on their floor and avoid spending that money).
  38. When making international phone calls, your parents always ask what time it is at the other end.
  39. Your parents don't realize phone connections to foreign countries have improved in the last two decades, and still scream at the top of their lungs.
  40. When our fathers get together, no matter what the topic is, each man is an expert (especially when it comes to local politics of the blues and the greens).
  41. You have a box of tissue or a towel (and a colorful umbrella) in your car.
  42. You can't park your car in the garage, because you never throw anything away and keep it there (just in case you need it).
  43. You have bed sheets on your sofas (and you prefer to sit on the cane chair rather than on the sofa).
  44. When dining out, your parents think $1 is enough of a tip.
  45. You recycle Christmas/Birthday gifts.
  46. You head to the clearance rack as soon as you walk into a store.
  47. You buy clothes from K-mart and put it in a recycled gift box from Macy's (Nieman-Marcus, Dillards, Famous-Barr, Lord & Taylor, etc.) before giving it.
  48. You frequently get honked at by those stupid foreign drivers who think they know how to drive.
  49. You regularly J-walk.
  50. It's embarrassing if your wedding has less than 600 people (and if you don't provide Jhoney's Black Lable whisky).
  51. You think an Indian (Pakistani or Sri Lankan) businessman will give you a better deal because he's Indian (Pakistani or Sri Lankan.)
  52. You spew forth the virtues of Sri-Lanka, but don't want to live there.
    (You also solve all of SL's ills but you don't even visit SL on a regular basis)
  53. You use Vicks Vaporub/Sidhalepaya --Or Tiger Balm-- (no matter what your illness is).
  54. You've been in a bus where half the people riding are outside the bus (even when half the seats are vacant).
  55. All your Tupperware is stained with food colour.
  56. You call reading the Daily News "Brides and Grooms" section, the personals!
  57. If you're looking to get hitched to another Sri Lankan, you talk about your mother's and father's qualifications and status, instead of yours.
  58. You think that Sri Lanka is peaceful and had a "booming" economy.
  59. By reading the Daily News (daily noice), you think that you're very well informed of what's truely happening in Sri Lanka.
  60. You think that the "Daily News" is a news paper.