The Six Arbitrary Things About Me Meme

Wait! Nothing is arbitrary about me, how dare you suggest such a thing!!!

… Oh, OK, OK, I’ll play along…

Mike at Tangled Up in Blue Guy has tagged me with this meme, and he, in turn was tagged by PZ Myers, who was tagged by The Science Pundit, who was tagged by The Darwin Report, who was tagged by Informal Skepticism, who was tagged by Scepticon, who was tagged by PodBlack Cat, taggged by Wandering in the Wilderness, then the trail goes cold.

So, let’s see … how does this thing work?

Here are the rules:

1. Link to the person who tagged you (done, see above).
2. Post the rules on your blog (right. you are reading that right now).
3. Write six random arbitrary things about yourself. (see below)
4. Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them. (and below)
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog. (whatever, OK)
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up. (right .. MIKE! MIKE! OVER HERE, MAN!!!)

My list of arbitrary things about me.

1. I once gushed a caterpillar against the white limestone facade of the apartment building next to my house. About 25 years later I went back and checked and the stain of the caterpillar was still there.

2. My favorite midnight snack is peanut butter and jelly on Ritz crackers. But it must be real (not Jiffy, etc.) peanut butter and blueberry jelly.

3. My first girlfriend (Pre-Kindergarten) never grew up. Turns out she was a midget. My second Girlfriend (Kindergarten) never grew up because she was run over by a truck.

4. I only took one class in college. I got an A.

5. My first public talk was in first grade, and it was before an auditorium full of nuns in full nun-dress. I’ve blocked out most of the experience. Public speaking has been fairly easy since then.

6. I have eaten at least 21 different species of mammal.

And now, I must tag six bloggers. After careful consideration, I hereby tag:

Bug Girl
Life Before Death


  1. #1 Doug Alder
    November 24, 2008


  2. #2 Mike Hussein Haubrich
    November 24, 2008

    Where – I don’t see you. Greg? Greg? Oh, there you are! Thanks! Greg, hey! Did you ever notice that when the name PZ is attached to a meme, people pay attention.

  3. #3 The Science Pundit
    November 25, 2008

    Sorry to hear about the girlfriend and the truck. That sucks!

    Happier to hear about the caterpillar (Latin for “hairy cat”) and the wall. That sticks! (*Droops head in anticipation for boos about the bad joke.*)

    It’s nice to be in the same thread as you.

    Belated thank you for linking to my post with the police car video.

    This last part I was going to leave on your Neil Shubin post, but since I’m on a roll …
    Everybody needs to watch that video!

  4. #4 Martin R
    November 25, 2008

    Six things? Here are eight!

  5. #5 bug_girl
    November 25, 2008

    Hmmm. Well, now I have a Thanksgiving project…..

  6. #6 (((Billy))) The Atheist
    November 25, 2008

    My meme is up. Six arbitrary things about meme. Sorry, me.

  7. #7 bug_girl
    November 28, 2008

    I have done as thou commandest.

    or something.

  8. #8 Romeo Vitelli
    November 28, 2008

    “6. I have eaten at least 21 different species of mammal. ”

    You couldn’t show solidarity with your fellow mammals by eating other things? Phylum traitor!

  9. #9 Muse142
    December 1, 2008

    I always show up fashionably late for any party… not because I planned it that way, but… hey, still fashionable, right? 🙂

  10. #10 Felicia Gilljam
    January 11, 2009

    Took me a while but I finally got down to it… Linky