Sunday, April 18, 2004

Homework -- 25 Little Known Facts

My problem with this has been two-fold.  First, it's hard to just think up random things -- I need something to jog my memory on them.  (Like, if John hadn't said the thing about eating cow brains in Jerusalem, I wouldn't have thought to add in my fact #3.)  Second, when I do think up random facts, plenty of them seem to be the sort of bizarre little stories that would be worthy of entire journal entries, so I'm hesitant to "waste" them on a list-type entry.

But, I've never been one to shirk a homework assignment.  Oooo, that reminds me...

1.  In law school, I read every word that was assigned -- with the exception of some of the footnotes.

2.  I hate the smell of coffee.  I once had to walk out of a Starbucks because I felt a retch coming on.

3.  I once ate chicken hearts in Jerusalem.

4.  My earliest memory is of brushing my teeth.

5.  When growing up, my favorite candy-type flavor was lime.  Now it's my least favorite.

6.  In fifth grade, I had a purple cast on my leg.

7.  I have one screen name named after an obscure character in a fantasy novel, and another named after a main character in a classic of work musical theatre.  The former has been recognized more than the latter.

8.  I adore the term "geeked out."

9.  I went to the world's first Star Trek convention.

10.  I once went to the set of Cagney & Lacey.  They were filming on Lacey Street.  I lived on Cagney Street. 

11.  My math SAT score was more than 100 points higher than my verbal.

12.  I used to dance around in my underwear to the soundtrack from "Saturday Night Fever."  (Yep, that's the one I've never shared with anybody.)

13.  I never wondered where babies came from.

14.  When falling asleep, I try to think about a storyline and hope to dream its continuation.  I've been doing this with the same storyline for over 25 years. 

15.  There are two speeches permanently stuck in my long term memory:  Romeo's opening monologue from the balcony scene; and three lines of the Torah reading from my Bat-Mitzvah.

16.  When I was a kid, I thought diamonds were blue and Siamese cats were black.

17.  When I first performed a song in school drama class, I was so off-key the other kids laughed.  Afterwards, I told everyone I had sung badly on purpose.  I was a great comedic hit.  I was lying.

18.  The wildest thing I did my freshman year of college was go to the Jack-in-the-Box drive-thru braless.

19.  One day when I was in fifth grade, I woke up and my fingernails had started growing.  At least six people commented on their length at school that day.

20.  If left to my own devices, I'd sleep from 2:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. every day.

21.  I can't sleep with the window open unless there's a screen in it.  I have an irrational fear of things flying in my room when I'm asleep.

22.  In High School English class, I took an exam we had "unlimited" time for.  After class was over, I kept writing all through lunch, and all through gym class.

23.  I once got thrown out of a bar at the Disneyland Hotel.

24.  In college drama class, we learned to say the names of all the books of the Bible (Old and New Testaments) on one breath.  I'm told this is a good bar bet, but I've never actually tried it for money.

25.  That thing about tying a knot in a cherry stem with your tongue?  I can do it.


annalisa135 said...

I KNEW that would be worth waiting for!!!!

First, gotta express disbelief & shock :::mouth dropped open:::  ((That thing about tying a knot in a cherry stem with your tongue?  I can do it.))   Nut-uh....prove it!  

#12 - LMAO!!!

#14 - Very very interesting!!!   Would love to know the basis of the storyline

#18 & #23 - You Wild Thing, You!

#20 - Me too.

#22 - TOTALLY believe it!  Just so "YOU"

#25 - :::mouth still hanging open:::    

mrccgoody said...

I'm so jealous! My sister-in-law can do the cherry stem thing, too. How do you learn this skill?

nzforme said...

Visualize what you're doing -- make a loop and force the loose end through it.  And, um, make sure the cherry stem is stiff.  It doesn't work if it's too flaccid.  Words to live by.

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lilrazcal79 said...

I tried the cherry stem and could have choked to death. Thank God a friend knew the Hymlic.

andreakingme said...

Heh, this is good stuff, Maynard. You and a toothbrush must have been dropped off by the stork.