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Chimera Poll

It's time for a poll about chimeras! Inspired by Borges' quote about Rabelias' quote about chimerae: a celebrated joke of Rabalais' ("Can a chimera, swinging in the void, swallow second intentions?") clearly marks the transition. The actual quotation is the title of a mythical book in Latin: Quaestio subtilissima, utrum chimera in vacuo bombinans possit comedere secundas intentiones..

How would you like to pronounce "chimera"? I'm not asking how it's really pronounced, but how should it be pronounced?

KAI-meh-rah
11(47.8%)
chim-MER-ah
4(17.4%)
chimmer-AH
6(26.1%)
KHAI-may-rah
2(8.7%)
shee-may-RAH
0(0.0%)

What is the best plural of "chimera"

"chimerae"
15(57.7%)
"chimeras"
3(11.5%)
"a chimera ... no, more than one"
1(3.8%)
"chimera". As with the creature itself, the word is singular and plural at the same time.
7(26.9%)

How is a chimera best arranged?

Head of one animal, body of another, tail of a third
1(3.8%)
Head of one animal, forequarters of another, hindquarters of a third
7(26.9%)
Three heads on a peculiarly-blended body
4(15.4%)
Three heads and bonus serpent tail
2(7.7%)
As awkwardly as possible
12(46.2%)

The first component of the best chimera on this quiz should be

Goat
3(11.1%)
Wallaby
5(18.5%)
Boar
1(3.7%)
Oryx
10(37.0%)
Bison
3(11.1%)
Clydesdale
5(18.5%)

The second component of the best chimera on this quiz should be

Lion
5(18.5%)
Weasel
7(25.9%)
Dire Wolf
2(7.4%)
Narwhal
6(22.2%)
Parrot
5(18.5%)
Octopus
2(7.4%)

The third component should be

Dragon
14(51.9%)
Manticora
2(7.4%)
Blennye
0(0.0%)
Troll
0(0.0%)
Kraken
4(14.8%)
Catoblepas
1(3.7%)
Another chimera
6(22.2%)

How does the chimera react when confronted with puns?

Eats the punster
4(14.8%)
Runs away
2(7.4%)
Fails to understand
6(22.2%)
Eats the puns
15(55.6%)

If a chimera were a superhero, its epithet should be:

The Tripartite Chimera
3(12.0%)
The Obstinate or Fierce or Deadly Chimera
9(36.0%)
The Mismatched Chimera
5(20.0%)
The Unpronounceable Chimera
8(32.0%)

What does a chimera really do in a void?

Swings
1(3.7%)
Buzzes
1(3.7%)
Hangs / flails
2(7.4%)
Bombinates
6(22.2%)
Takes a nap
9(33.3%)
Vilifies Rabelais
3(11.1%)
Nothing: chimeras avoid voids
5(18.5%)

How intelligent is a chimera?

Animal intellect
0(0.0%)
Three times animal intellect
8(29.6%)
Witty and urbane, but superficial and sarcastic
9(33.3%)
Intelligent enough to be quite tired of Borges and Rabelias both
10(37.0%)

What should the collective noun of chimeras be? (like "a murder of crows" or "a gaggle of geese")

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