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anti_maven
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Ok, so I'm a sucker for memes, but this one captured my imagination. It has a poppoed up on a couple of blogs that I read, the idea being that that you post 8 random facts about yourself. So here goes:

8 Random Facts about Anti_Maven:

1) I was named after my two Godfathers, Richard and Richard.

2) I know how to order a beer in Welsh.

3) I like coleslaw with pizza.

4) My first car was a van that I bought from my Dad for 1p.

5) Albert, the stags head that guards my the stairwell in my house was bought at auction by my Grandpa Frederick and carried home by my Grandmother on a double decker bus.

6) Most of my bikes until now have been stolen (from me that is... [Frown] )

7) I have no fillings in my teeth.

8) I get up at 06:20 on weekdays.

Thanks for tuning in...

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BlackBlade
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Meh, why not?

1) I have eaten a goat's gall bladder

2) I'm directly decended from the man who started the American thanksgiving tradition.

3) My car engine light is on, and has been for several months.

4) I can say melkizedek priesthood in Mandarin Chinese but not belt buckle.

5) I read magazines all day, and get paid to do it.

6) One of my toes on my right foot was formed crooked, and consequently my pinky grew into crookedness.

7) My rib cage is also crooked, my left side extending outward more so then my right.

8) I used to have a birthmark, it is gone.

edit: How do you order a beer in welsh?

[ May 17, 2007, 12:26 PM: Message edited by: BlackBlade ]

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anti_maven
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Ooh, ooh, a chance to show off!

Peint o cwrw os gwelch y'n dda.

lit. a pint of beer please.


(Apologies to Welshophones everywhere)

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The Pixiest
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1) I am double jointed in the thumbs and shoulders

2) I still have one of my baby teeth because no permanent tooth grew in under it.

3) I like cheese.

4) I think zombies are cool. (and not just to the touch)

5) My car engine light is on as well. Last smog check the mechanic flipped it off, but it came right back on.

6) I have been in the world trade center and have ridden the Madrid metro.

7) I have jumped out of a perfectly good airplane.

8) I can move my eyes more or less independently of each other. Unfortunately I've never seen what it looks like because it makes it impossible to focus.

(edit: typo and spelling)

[ May 17, 2007, 12:35 PM: Message edited by: The Pixiest ]

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BlackBlade
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Pixiest: My thumbs too! As far as I know chameleons are the only animals that can move their eyes independantly of each other. Thats pretty cool you can do it, so do you see two overlapping perspectives that are out of focus?
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KarlEd
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1. I speak Portuguese.

2. I've lived in 8 different states and 2 foreign countries.

3. I've lived with cats over 90 percent of my life.

4. I'm currently self-employed, (which looks disturbingly like un-employed at the moment).

5. I've been in a Hollywood movie, uncredited, and in drag.

6. I never developed wisdom teeth.

7. I have 3 brothers and 3 sisters.

8. I was thrown out of piano lessons for "wasting my parents' money" when I was 7.

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Flaming Toad on a Stick
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Pix, that's what cameras are for.
1) I speak English, French and Arabic.
2) I write and play music, and play guitar and keyboard in a band.
3) While some people air-guitar or air-drum, I can do both at once.
4) I type slowly.
5) I can swear in Italian.
6) I've been to the Middle East (Lebanon and Syria).
7) I play the oud.
8) I'm cool.
9) I rock.
10) I own the Internet. It's mine. Give it back.

EDIT: Wow, my thumbs too.

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The Pixiest
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BB: Hey, maybe we're related! Everyone on my Dad's side of the family (The mormon side) can do it. My neices too.

As for my eyes, everything is totally out of focus. I started learning how to do it by looking crosseyed, then slowly looking left. This requires my left eye move without moving the right since it's already looking left. Then I tried stopping in the middle. Soon I could move my left eye in circles without moving the right. I'm sure it looks fantastically weird. I need a video camera.

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Flaming Toad on a Stick
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I only see out of one eye at a time.
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BlackBlade
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Pixiest: Could be latent Mormon power that you retain by virtue of your genes [Big Grin] *bends thumb back to the arm* Do you bend them backwards hand/wrist up or hand/wrist down? I imagine up.

FToaS: How do you mean one at a time?

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The Pixiest
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bb: Up, leaving a bulge on the thumb side of my palm. The (former) mormon girl in the office can do it too, so maybe it IS a mormon thing!
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1. I can speak English, Hebrew, Russian, German and Japanese

2. I've been to Antartica

3. I've climbed Mount Kilimanjaro

4. I cave jump

5. I like to hang glide

6. Big Trouble in Little China is my favorite movie

7. Darkness on the Edge of Town/Born to Run are my favorite music albums

8. I can cook

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Luet13
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1. I can bend both of my thumbs back and have them rest comfortably underneath my index finger's knuckle on the top of my hand. This really freaks people out as I can demonstrate what it would be like to have no thumbs.

2. I get really excited every spring because I love the new growth on trees.

3. I love to cook and experiment with food.

4. I always order the hottest spice level at Indian restaurants. Yum!

5. I have a schedule for rereading certain books. (LotR in the fall, Enderverse in the spring.)

6. I can sightread piano music better than anyone I've ever met.

7. I collect old sheet music. (My oldest is from 1883.)

8. I enjoy walking in the rain.

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BlackBlade
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quote:
Originally posted by The Pixiest:
bb: Up, leaving a bulge on the thumb side of my palm. The (former) mormon girl in the office can do it too, so maybe it IS a mormon thing!

Thats how I bend em too. I can click my thumb into a 90 degree angle with my hand without using the other hand for assistance. I then bend the thumb forward at the joint. I can then approach people and say I dislocated my thumb and ask them to pull it. It snaps back into place and they get creeped out.

For some reason my right thumb is losing the ability to do it though. But its more because the skin just wont stretch quite right, not because the joint can't handle it.

And while we are on the topic of thumbs, I can make clicking sounds with my thumb joints at will and as fast as some people can snap.

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BlackBlade
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Luet13: You order a Mango Lasee at a 5 spice? Pretty crazy [Wink]
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Luet13
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Haha, no. That would be pretty crazy.
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1. I have lived in Guatemala and Chile, and I have visited Mexico, Canada, Israel, Italy, Switzerland, France, England, Scotland, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.

2. I still have TWO of my baby teeth due to MIA permanents.

3. I was a finalist in the 1999 Ayn Rand essay contest on The Fountainhead.

4. I can't watch zombie movies, or even see previews for said movies, because they will give me terrifying zombie nightmares. Seriously, thems dreams is messed up.

5. Despite number 4 Shaun of the Dead is one of my favorite movies.

6. I am proficient (I don't consider myself an expert because, wow, there are some crazy good people out there) in yo-yos and Origami.

7. I have what may be the most Mormon name of all time: Spencer W. Romney.

8. I am a Hatrack lurker.

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BlackBlade
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quote:
Originally posted by Luet13:
Haha, no. That would be pretty crazy.

What's your favorite dish at an Indian restaurant? I'm a big fan of Chicken Tikka Massala, with garlic nan. But I am game for just abotu anything.

His Savageness: How long were you in HK , how old were you, and where did you go?

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The Pixiest
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BB: I can pop the non-double jointed joint (the one farthest up my thumb) more or less at will, but only on my left hand.

My favorite indian dish is chicken makhani. mmmm

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His Savageness
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BlackBlade: I was 17. I was there with my parents and sister for a few days. To be honest, and this is pretty sad when I think about it, I can't remember where we went. Now this is kind of freaking me out. I can remember the hotel room, I can remember the flight into and out of HK, but I can't remember anything about the city itself. Surely Hong Kong would be more memorable that that. Next time I talk to my parents I'll ask them where we went.
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JennaDean
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1. I don't know 8 things about myself that are interesting enough to post.

KarlEd, which movie?

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BlackBlade
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quote:
Originally posted by The Pixiest:
BB: I can pop the non-double jointed joint (the one farthest up my thumb) more or less at will, but only on my left hand.

My favorite indian dish is chicken makhani. mmmm

Wow crazy, I've never met anyone else who could do it! I was not always able to do it, I just started moving my thumbs a certain way and they started clicking over time. I learned to do the same thing with my arms, but I can't do it repeatedly, I just extend them and tense the muscles and CLICKITY CLICK POP comes out. Usually my wrists pop along with my arms.

Edit: Karl: I haven't seen you on the forums in awhile, have you been busy?

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BB: I don't know if I have a favorite. Off the top of my head I love anything with lentils and Dosais (crepes filled with potatoes and such) are really good. I'm more of a southern Indian cuisine lover. While not a vegetarian, I don't really care for a lot of meat. It helps that Little India in Chicago is about two blocks from my house. Good stuff. There's nothing like being able to get a meat samosa for 60 or a veggie samosa for 70 anytime I want it.

Drat. Now I'm hungry. [Smile]

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Man samosas knock my feet out from under me, and I mean that in a good way. If I am ever born again as a vegetarian I hope I am from India or at least live reasonably close to a solid Indian restaurant. The things they make without any meat are nothing short of amazing.
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Pix, I can do that with my eyes, too. Freaks people out. In nursing school, my professors would ask me to do that so that the students could see what nystagmus looks like.
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1. I can grab the skin at my elbow, stretch it, and continue to hold it while I bend my elbow (I have stretchy skin)

2. I have two older sisters who each had a girl young, so I grew up with four girls in the house. Now, I have four daughters.

3. Growing up, I always had chocolate cake with chocolate icing and chocolate ice cream for my birthday.

4. My right shoulder rests lower than my left, so in pictures it looks like I am leaning. See

5. I love everything Disney.

6. I don't read a lot, but more than anyone else in my family (except maybe my 10 year old).

7. I listen to sports talk radio all day.

8. I wanted to be an Astronaut when I was in the sixth grade (the same year Challenger blew up).

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quote:
Originally posted by brojack17:
My right shoulder rests lower than my left, so in pictures it looks like I am leaning. See

In that picture, you are standing in front of a crooked street. Just like in the rhyme: There was a crooked man, who walked a crooked mile. He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile...
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I didn't think of that. Kinda fits though. [Smile]
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1. I have ate fish head (eyes and all) with Christian West Africans.

2. I cut my face when i was a newborn with my fingernail, and have a tiny/almost unseen mark there to this day.

3. I have had played football under the lights with 10,000 people watching.

4. I have a part time job after school that allows me to meet people from all over the world.... And i dont work at an airport. (you try to figure it out).

5. I once believed W was a vowel.....(did anyone elses first grade teacher tell them this???).

6. I take Gym Class way to seriously.

7. I have entered preaching contests and have won.

8. I can't beat my dad in DDR (Dance Dance Revolution).

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1 I'm 13
2 I play the violin in the advanced orchestra at my school
3 I'm 50% Welsh an I wish I knew how to speak it better.
4 I have an anxiety disorder
5 I love Italian food
6 I have friends that have moved to Korea, Australia, and Hawai'i
7 When i was 3 I mainly talked in sign language and didn't say a word to anyone i didn't know for years. (It's not my fault, they taught us sign language in Pre-k)
8 I've runout of things to say...

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1. I'm a math grad student, but my wife handles the finances (I hate numbers!)
2. I can't read music, but I can play the first 2/3 of the Beethoveen's Sonata Pathatique first movement, and the entire first movement to Moonlight Sonata. In fact, this is ALL I can play.
3. While my wife has been on several school dance teams, I can't dance a lick. However, I can beat my wife at DDR ;)
4. I own every episode of Futurama ever made on DVD, but I have never seen an episode of the Simpsons.
5. My car was stolen earlier this year.
6. For the last 6 months or so, I have ONLY listened to Thrice or classical music.
7. I have had friends over for pizza while we watched the ending to final fantasy 10.
8. I have several video game systems, a couple hundred dvds and 2 TVs, but I have no television service - no antenna, cable, dish, etc - I think 98% of television is crap, ESPECIALLY the major networks.

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1. I am a descendant of Lady Godiva.
2. I have hit hundreds of golf balls off of my roof over a busy street in to a lake. (Never hit a car)
3. I cut my hair to make me look like I was an old bald man for my high school production of Mid-Summer Nights Dream and got hit on by a 65 year old lady.
4. I'm alergic to the Sully from Monsters Inc. at Disney Land.
5. I can build you a brick wall.
6. I have slid down a Huge dirt hill on the hood of a Vw bug.
7. My firends and I found an abandoned mine in a mountain and got lost for 7 hours before we found an exit.
8. I've fallen off of a matress that was chained to a car going 50 down a dirt road. I then spent the next 30 minutes spitting the dirt out of my mouth.

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1.My great great great great uncle was the John Brown,

2. I have held/petted a/an: 1100 pound tiger, bear cub, baby chimp, 9 foot Boa constrictor, rattlesnake(I was five and didn't know better), lion cub.

3. I once drank a gallon of milk in one hour and 1 minute, 30 seconds. then I un-drank a gallon of milk in 45 seconds.

4. I ran a marathon

5. I once ate a hot dog whole. (dorito was stuck in my throat and felt reaallly bad, so I panicked and just gulped it down.)

6. I once lit my eyebrows on fire. (accident)

7. I have been in a burning house, and just sat and watched.

8. I once caught a fish that was as big as I was. (I was three)

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1. My right ear is lower than my left ear, so my glasses are usually crooked and uncomfortable.

2. I can crack every joint in my body except for the immobile ones.

3. I was never afraid of heights until 9/11, when I saw people jumping from the WTC on TV. That scared me so much that I am reluctant to climb a ladder. I have never even been to or seen New York with my own eyes.

4. I have never left the United States, except:

5. When I illegally entered Canada on Lake Erie.

6. I am almost 23 and have never made love.

7. My youngest sibling is young enough to be my son. He's 2.

8. When I turned 10, I thought the best part of being 10 was that I was the same age as Bart Simpson.

I wish I had famous ancestors too.

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1. I'm left-handed.

2. I don't know the words to any of the hymns at church (LDS), but I know the lyrics to most of the songs off of the Classic Queen album.

3. I use to be fluent in Swahili. Now I can only say a few simple things; mostly involving food. It is still my favorite language, though.

4. I am afraid of nuns.

5. I take my dreams as seriously as my waking life.

6. I am a direct descendant of Everadus Bogardus: first permanent minister of the Dutch Reformed Church in New Amsterdam; public decrier of the sanctioned massacre of local indians, and eventual shipwreck victim. I am also a descendant of his widow, Aneke Jans: historically crazy lady.

7. I'm naturally blonde.

8. I have never smoked a cigarette, but I killed a man once. Well, not really, but that would be a nice juxtaposition.

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1. I graduated in the bottom third of my high school class.

2. I have a masters degree and did all my doctoral coursework for a PhD before ditching academia for activism.

3. I have a great gift for annoying people.

4. Part of my paid work is to be annoying, but I'm supposed to be selective about it.

5. I'm in a small "club" of "first generationers" that includes writer/poet/screenwriter Sherman Alexie.

6. Diane claims I snore. I refuse to believe it until *I* hear me snore.

7. Did I mention I'm good at annoying people?

8. Know firsthand how pretty the botanic gardens in Denver is in moonlight when you hop the fence at two in the morning and wander around.

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1. My elbows hyperextend, so I can bend my arm backwards a little.

2. I have a simian crease on my right hand (everyone with a simian crease raise your hand).

3. I once drove off a 300 foot cliff.

4. One day, I attempted to drive a U-Haul through a car port that was about 6 inches too short.

5. After getting the U-Haul patched up with duck tape, I went to tank up and drove away from the gas station (after paying) without taking the nozzle out of the truck.

6. I have served in the Israel Defense Forces (for all of 11 days).

7. My fastest time solving the Rubik's Cube is 1 minute 16 seconds.

8. I apparently suffer from sleep apnea. Who knew?

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quote:
8. I apparently suffer from sleep apnea. Who knew?
Your partner? (Are you getting a CPAP machine?)


1. I have hair that goes down almost to my waist.

2. I once caught a bit of it on fire blowing out a birthday cake.

3. I'm taking the fall semester off from college.

4. Last summer, I went on a school trip to London, Dublin, and Edinburgh for six weeks.

5. While there, we saw Titus Andronicus at the Globe Theater. I wadded up my program and threw it at one of the actors during the play.

6. I like making pottery. My brothers and I are sufficiently good that we actually use the stuff we make around the house. You might even say we're pot-heads.

7. I dislike driving.

8. I'm hoping to start a biology Ph.D after I graduate.

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quote:
3. I once drove off a 300 foot cliff.
Do tell!
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quote:
Originally posted by BlackBlade:
Pixiest: Could be latent Mormon power that you retain by virtue of your genes [Big Grin] *bends thumb back to the arm* Do you bend them backwards hand/wrist up or hand/wrist down? I imagine up.

FToaS: How do you mean one at a time?

I mean one at a time. Depending on what I'm looking at, I'll see out of one eye, or the other. The nerves in the back of my eyes are slightly messed up. I have no depth perception (I see everything as a flat, 2-D image) and very little peripheral vision. To top it off, one of my eyes is near-sighted, the other is far-sighted, I don't wear corrective lenses (they won't help), and I very nearly failed the vision test to get a driver's license. To tell you the truth, I think I did fail it, but they still let me through. To top it off, when I look through one I see a blue-ish tinge on everything, with the other, everything's red.

Thumbs: I can pop my thumbs in and out at will. I can also twist them in crazy ways that freak out friend and foe alike. To top it off, I can crack my fingers infinitely.

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quote:
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3. I once drove off a 300 foot cliff.
Do tell!
Yes, do.
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1. My best friend and I one time spent probably 15 hours over the course of a few days to knock a lightning-struck tree that was half in the lake to get the rest in the lake. We succeeded and I felt like I had won the battle.

2. I was the unofficial co-capatain of my high school's Walking Team, before I was medically disqualified.

3. I voted for my senior class song to be "Make a Man Out of You" from Mulan. We won. [Smile]

4. My uncle Greg was the Youth Director for the Southeast US in my denomination for 8 years.

5. My other uncle Greg is in prison for possession of Methamphetamine (again).

6. The first good friend I had in life I met when I joined a new school, and I disliked everyone- I disliked him the most.

7. My best friend now I severely disliked when I met him at the other friends house.

8. I one time stabbed my best friend in my church with my keys at my youth pastor's house. I gave him a ride home 15 minutes later.

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quote:
Originally posted by JennaDean:

KarlEd, which movie?

Head of State with Chris Rock. Unfortunately that movie is terrible, so I don't really recommend anyone actually sitting through it, even to see me. [Smile]

quote:
Originally posted by BlackBlade:
Edit: Karl: I haven't seen you on the forums in awhile, have you been busy?

Yeah, I've been swamped trying to get my new business set up. Thanks for asking, though. [Smile]
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quote:
Originally posted by porcelain girl:
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3. I once drove off a 300 foot cliff.
Do tell!
Linky. The whole thread is about my tendency to get into really, really bad accidents. This one wasn't, but it's more of a description.
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1. I once played drums, consisting of pots pans and chairs, in a talent-show performance of "Addicted to Spuds."

2. My left thumbnail has a weak part that *always* splits.

3. I have no TV hookup.

4. I am in love for the first time in my life!

5. I own kitty litter and cat food but have no cat. (Yet.)

6. I grow sage, dry it, and use or give American Indian style "sage sticks."

7. Either I look 10 years younger than my age, or my high-school friends look 10 years older. I think it's them.

8. I was afraid to learn to swim as a kid but now I'm an expert swimmer.

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6. I like making pottery. My brothers and I are sufficiently good that we actually use the stuff we make around the house. You might even say we're pot-heads. [/QB]

That would be a great name for a business. Maybe you should sell your wares.
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1. I've eaten a boiled pig's heart, blood and all.

2. The highest I've ever worked was in the 23rd floor of the LDS Church office building.

3. I haven't thrown up since I was 8 (now I'm 33).

4. I've never wanted to go to South America because I am deathly afraid of very large spiders landing on my head.

5. I can juggle 4 balls, but not 5.

6. I am not a detail-oriented person; I am a big-picture person.

7. I eat kiwis skin and all.

8. I eat peanuts shell and all, as long as they're salted.

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The things some people will do to get more fiber in their diet!
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1. I'm legally blind in my right eye.

2. I was born with a brain tumor.

3. I only have half a brain (left side).

4. I hate coleslaw.

5. I can clearly say all fifty states in alphabetical order in less than 25 seconds.

6. Spiders, clowns, and porcelain dolls scare the hell out of me.

7. My fear of clowns has nothing to do with It.

8. My first crush that I can remember was a girl in preschool named Alexa.

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1. I can dislocate any joint in my body, usually without it hurting, and then pop it back in again. And yes, my ribs dislocate when I have a bad cough.

2. I'm extremely bendy. I can put both feet behind my head at the same time, or bend my thumbs either forwards or backwards to touch my wrists, or bend my fingers back from my palms so the other side forms less than a 90 degree angle, or, well, all sorts of odd things.

3. I've filled out dozens, perhaps over a hundred, of police reports all in the name of business. I've even had a police line-up at my place of work.

4. I've had hot pink, Ronald McDonald red, purple, orange with black tips, platinum blonde, and fuschia hair, and not at the same time. And more natural colors, too.

5. I once had a suedehead.

6. I'm right handed, but left leg, ear, and eye dominant.

7. My fastest time solving the Rubik's cube was 43 seconds. I think. It might have been 45.

8. I can eat hotter (spicier) food than anyone I know. And that includes dh, all his relatives, and all the other Sri Lankans & Indians I know.

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