A Game of Thrones Quiz Is Helping Psychologists Learn More About How People Respond to Ethical Dilemmas


There are countless Game of Thrones personality quizzes on the internet that will tell you if you're a Cersei, a Daenerys, or a Jon Snow, but few have real social and behavioral science to back them up. A new quiz from TIME uses scientific data to match you with a main character on Game of Thrones, and with your consent, your answers can benefit the psychologists who helped create it.

The Ultimate Game of Thrones Fan Quiz is part of an ongoing effort from TIME "to bring scientific legitimacy to the weathered quiz format." The first step in building the survey was asking Game of Thrones fans to answer questions as they thought the characters would. The questions, compiled by a team of research psychologists, gauge qualities like leadership and self-esteem.

After collecting 1730 answered quizzes from 521 fans, the quiz makers were able to assign personality traits to five Game of Thrones characters: Cersei, Daenerys, Tyrion, Arya, and Jon Snow. According to the survey results, Cersei Lannister believes that everyone around her is inferior, and expects loyalty and admiration from them. Jon Snow, on the other hand, is one of the few main characters without an inflated sense of self-importance.

You can take TIME's quiz to see which character your personality most closely resembles. At the start of the quiz, you'll be asked to anonymously share your answers with the psychologists who designed the quiz to aid in their research. If you're uncomfortable with handing over your data, you can opt out of the project and proceed with the quiz normally.

The quiz, according to its creators, "is concerned with understanding how people view different ethical dilemmas and scenarios. Donating your data will greatly help us to explore this question."

This isn't TIME's first example of a pop culture personality quiz based on science. Earlier this year, they unveiled a similar project matching fans to characters from Harry Potter.

[h/t TIME]

Pottery Barn Is Launching a Friends-Inspired Furniture Line That Includes Rachel’s Iconic Apothecary Table

To celebrate this fall’s 25th anniversary of the premiere of Friends in 1994, Pottery Barn is releasing a line of furniture inspired by the beloved NBC sitcom, Deadline reports.

The collection will feature accessories, furniture, and tabletop items, including Central Perk mugs. One highlight is a replica of the apothecary table that made a name for apothecary tables everywhere with its spotlight-stealing performance in the season 6 episode “The One with the Apothecary Table.” In it, Rachel purchases an apothecary table from Pottery Barn and, when she finds out Phoebe hates Pottery Barn, tells her the table is an antique from the “days of yore.” It gets more complicated (and hilarious) from there.

Pottery Barn's 'Friends' furniture collection
Pottery Barn

According to BuzzFeed, the episode was actually part of a product placement deal with Pottery Barn, and Entertainment Weekly even ranked it first on their “Best Product Placement” list for Friends.

You can shop the collection beginning on July 30, with prices starting at $12.50. If you’re a diehard Friends fanatic looking to celebrate its 25th anniversary in a way that Rachel Green would be proud of, you can also enter Pottery Barn’s sweepstakes for a chance to win a free trip for two to Los Angeles, complete with a $1000 shopping spree to Pottery Barn and a Warner Bros. Studio Deluxe Tour which includes, of course, a visit to the Central Perk set.

And, if you haven’t seen “The One with the Apothecary Table,” you can watch it on Netflix before Friends leaves for WarnerMedia’s new streaming service HBO Max in 2020.

[h/t Deadline]

Target Has Launched a Harry Potter Line of Clothing, Accessories, and Home Goods


No more blending in with the mediocre Muggles—now wizards can decorate and accessorize like the magical creatures they are with Target's brand-new line of Harry Potter clothing and home goods.

Target shoppers will feel like they’ve stepped through Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station as they wander the Harry Potter-stuffed aisles. Popsugar reports that Target will carry more than 500 Harry Potter-themed items, including socks, lanterns, pillows, dolls and much more.

You’ll be able to wake up in your Hogwarts sheets, have your morning coffee in a Slytherin mug, and take a ride on a foam Nimbus 2000 replica while rocking a Potter t-shirt. Not sure what house you’re in? No sweat! Target is even carrying a real-life sorting hat.

Whether you need a gift for the kiddos, or just want to treat your inner witch, Target is sure to have the perfect find in its Wizarding World line.