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New Year's Resolutions: Exercise More, Eat Better, Take This Quiz?
by Staff
Every January 1 we wrack our brains to come up with the best New Year’s resolutions yet -- ones we’ll (maybe, hopefully) finally keep. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of how this tradition got started, how it’s practiced across the globe and what your odds are for actually achieving your goals this year.

This was one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions in ancient Babylon.

  • drink less beer
  • return your neighbor’s farm equipment
  • finally visit the Hanging Gardens

In South America, people let go of the past and resolve to have a better new year by setting this item on fire.

  • last year’s resolutions
  • the old sofa that’s been sitting on the porch
  • a dummy stuffed with newspapers

What percentage of new gym memberships start between January and March?

  • 33 percent
  • 52 percent
  • 65 percent

Which mythical king is known for inspiring the New Year’s resolution tradition?

  • Zeus
  • Janus
  • Thor

What is the most popular New Year’s resolution in America these days?

  • quit smoking
  • save money
  • lose weight

What percentage of Americans make resolutions each new year?

  • 30 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 80 percent

Now, of those Americans who make New Year’s resolutions, what percentage tends to keep their resolve?

  • 17 percent
  • 46 percent
  • 64 percent

Which one of these techniques is most effective in helping you achieve your New Year’s goals?

  • not telling anyone your resolutions
  • keeping them open-ended
  • writing them down

Which New Year’s celebration involves traditional red packets?

  • spring equinox
  • Chinese New Year
  • Greek New Year

If you can’t pull it together in time to make resolutions on Jan. 1, what’s another great time to start a fresh beginning?

  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • spring equinox
  • Mardi Gras

Which celebrity comedienne made a New Year’s resolution to eat more carbs?

  • Roseanne Barr
  • Kathy Griffin
  • Tina Fey

What resolution does Kim Kardashian usually make?

  • get married
  • get divorced
  • quit making resolutions

When it comes to the battle of the sexes, which side is better at keeping resolutions?

  • men
  • women
  • both are equally good

Which disco supergroup wrote a song about New Year’s resolutions and the desire to do better in the coming year?

  • ABBA
  • Earth, Wind and Fire
  • K.C. and the Sunshine Band

Which of these resolutions was written by an American housewife in 1945?

  • I will try new things.
  • I will lose weight.
  • I will travel less.

Which was NOT one of Barack Obama’s New Year’s resolutions in 2011?

  • grow the economy
  • stop smoking
  • create jobs

In which animated short film did Santa plead for help in finding the missing Baby New Year so that time could move forward and New Year’s resolutions could be made?

  • “A Very Merry Pooh Year”
  • “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown”
  • “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year”

In the fourth century, Christianity became the official religion of Rome. How did Roman New Year’s resolutions change?

  • forgiveness
  • fasting
  • fireworks

Which American theologian spent two years writing resolutions?

  • Samuel Gilman
  • Charles Augustus Briggs
  • Jonathan Edwards

The New Year’s custom of singing “Auld Lang Syne” to say farewell to the past and hello to a new year was born from this tradition.

  • Hogmanay
  • Oshogatsu
  • Festival of St. Basil