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Chris Higgins

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I have long been a fan of Oh No, Ross and Carrie!, a podcast in which Ross Blocher and Carrie Poppy try out all sorts of experiences, then report back on what happened. It’s a form of investigative journalism that’s both easy to listen to and educational.

In previous episodes, the duo joined the LDS Churchpurchased oxygen at an oxygen barlived on Soylent, and the list goes on.

In their most recent episode, Ross and Carrie begin an explanation of how they joined the Church of Scientology. This is just one episode of many on the topic, as apparently they spent months taking tests and attending events.

You may have seen Scientology centers offering free personality tests—personally, I’ve always been curious what’s on the test! In an earlier episode, Ross and Carrie tried out Myers-Briggs, so the next logical step was to see what they could learn from the tests offered by their local (Los Angeles) Scientology center’s test. Here’s an embedded player for the podcast:

 

If that player doesn’t work (it’s a Flash plugin), here’s an MP3, and the podcast is on iTunes and there’s an RSS feed compatible with any podcast player.

SO WHAT’S ON THE TEST?

After signing up, the duo proceeded to take the Oxford Capacity Analysis test. Here’s some of what they reported:

1. There are 200 questions on the OCA.

2. The test is not associated with the University of Oxford.

3. It uses a fill-in-the-bubble answer method (similar to Scantron).

4. For each question, the possible responses are: Plus, M, and Minus. While the duo didn’t recall the specific meaning of “M,” it was roughly “medium” or “maybe.” (A neutral response.)

5. Sample questions (as reported by Ross): “Are you friendly in voice, attitude, and expression?”; “Does life seem rather vague and unreal to you?”; “Can you make a calculated risk without too much worry?” Ross noted that these seemed similar to other personality tests they tried—the questions are sometimes hard to answer if you think about them too hard, as the answers are situational.

6. After the initial personality test (which takes about an hour, give or take), there’s a timed IQ test, then an “aptitude test.”

7. The results of these tests are combined and analyzed, then a personal consultation ensues.

So what happened next? You’ll have to listen to find out! (More episodes will likely go up in the coming weeks.)

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well, so I sent the Mail and The Sun this tweet….

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What’s happened to Tom Cruise’s face? Twitter goes wild over actor’s ‘puffy’ and ‘frozen’ features at the BAFTAs

He was a surprise presenter at the BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday when he announced the winners of Best Film.

But it appears it was Tom Cruise’s appearance, rather than the acceptance speech by the team behind The Revenant, which was the talking point.

Viewers took to Twitter as they watched the action on BBC1 to discuss the actor’s face, with some accusing the 53-year-old of having surgery.

Raising questions: Tom Cruise's appearance at Sunday's BAFTA Film Awards had many speculating about whether or not he'd had surgery

Raising questions: Tom Cruise’s appearance at Sunday’s BAFTA Film Awards had many speculating about whether or not he’d had surgery

Ageing gracefully? Tom in London last night

A 35-year-old Tom back in 1998

Ageing gracefully? Tom in London last night (left) and a 35-year-old Tom back in 1998

Many on Twitter thought the A-lister’s face looked ‘frozen’ and ‘inflated’, with many speculating if he had Botox in his remarkably smooth forehead.

Leading the queries were Ruth Davidson, Leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, who tweeted: ‘Tom Cruise’s face. I don’t know what he’s doing to it, but he’s beginning to look like a late-90s era Sandi Toksvig. #EEBAFTAs.’

Scottish broadcaster Muriel Gray weighed in: ‘Tragedy of Tom Cruise having ruined his lovely face, that was ageing beautifully, is that it’s gone for ever now like the Bamiyan Buddahs.’

See full coverage of the BAFTAs 2016 with more red carpet news and pictures  

Questions? Many viewers of the BAFTAs took to Twitter to speculate about Tom's appearance

Questions? Many viewers of the BAFTAs took to Twitter to speculate about Tom’s appearance

Dapper: The 53-year-old looked smart in a black Dolce & Gabbana suit as he made a surprise guest appearance at the glamorous London ceremony

Dapper: The 53-year-old looked smart in a black Dolce & Gabbana suit as he made a surprise guest appearance at the glamorous London ceremony

Man of the hour: Tom points to the big winner Alejandro G Iñárritu, whose film The Revenant picked up five major accolades

Man of the hour: Tom points to the big winner Alejandro G Iñárritu, whose film The Revenant picked up five major accolades

One Twitter user @hwallop wrote: ‘What has Tom Cruise done to his face? Scarier than the bear in Revenant.’

Another @lisab7us tweeted: ‘I see Tom Cruise has gone and bought himself a new face. #BAFTA.’

The furore on the micro-blogging site came as Tom was presenting the Best Film Award to the cast and crew behind The Revenant.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Alejandro González Iñárritu were among those on stage accepting the BAFTA for Best Film following the duo’s win for Best Actor and Best Director respectively.

Furore: Fans were quick to tweet about what they thought the actor had done

Furore: Fans were quick to tweet about what they thought the actor had done

Under the microsope: Many on Twitter thought the A-lister's face looked 'frozen' and 'inflated' as he posed with Leonardo DiCaprio and Alejandro

Under the microsope: Many on Twitter thought the A-lister’s face looked ‘frozen’ and ‘inflated’ as he posed with Leonardo DiCaprio and Alejandro

Introducing Tom, host Stephen Fry joked that he had found him sleeping backstage, having never left the building since attending the 2015 BAFTAs.

Tom was previously asked about surgery rumours back in a 2012 interview with Playboy magazine and he denied having gone under the knife.

He said: ‘I haven’t, and I never would.’

MailOnline has contacted Tom’s rep for comment.

Congratulations: Tom and Leonardo chat backstage following the award presentation

Congratulations: Tom and Leonardo chat backstage following the award presentation

Waiting game: Tom waiting backstage with the BAFTA before Best Film before going on stage to announce the winner

Waiting game: Tom waiting backstage with the BAFTA before Best Film before going on stage to announce the winner

The actor at a LA Galaxy football game in 2012

Tom at the LA premiere of The Last Samurai in 2003

Through the years: The actor at a LA Galaxy football game in 2012 (left) and the LA premiere of The Last Samurai in 2003 (right)

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3447892/What-s-happened-Tom-Cruise-s-face-Twitter-goes-wild-actor-s-appearance-BAFTA-Film-Awards.html#ixzz40Ho8Bmq5

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http://www.deccanchronicle.com/entertainment/hollywood/160216/katie-holmes-snubs-scientology.html

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Bellend being a bellend… trying to defend the scientology hashtag just makes him look like the blinkered knobhead he is

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Enquirer bollocks

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  • Ze Moo

    The ‘Katie Holmes is Dissing TC by being in Psych movie’ theme has been all over the internet. The tabloids are having a great few days with it. TC is forever being labeled as a $cieno and he can never escape that moniker. As for the Jamie Foxx thing, I don’t care.