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10 Weird Things About Me

Weird things meme, as seen on Adventure in Science and Ethics:

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1. I hate John Mayer with the fire of a thousand suns and the depth of a million oceans. This hatred has recently come to encompass the whole flaccid genre, including, but not limited to, Belle and Sebastian, Jack Johnson, and Deathcab for Cutie.

2. Sushi is my favorite food, especially tobiko. I love it so much that I recently remarked that I wished I could swim around in it, like the in balls at Chuck E Cheese, while shovelling down whole mouthfuls.

3. I’ve won every sports pool I’ve ever participated in (which currently is only three, but still.)

4. Icicles scare the crap outta me and I’m phobic of ketchup.

5. I got my scuba diving certification at 14.

6. My mom, dad, and sister live in Suzhou, China.

7. I was born right at 12:00am on the dot, on the Winter Solstice (Dec 21).

8. I wear flip-flops in inappropriate weather.

9. I had a crush on David Duchovney for about 10 years.

10. I rode the short bus. And I liked it.


  1. #1 Roy
    March 4, 2007

    I consider myself very lucky that I’ve gone all winter without having to walk under and icicle. For whatever reason, none formed over the door to my building, and none formed over the entrance at work.

    I can’t wait for winter to be over, at this point. This is the worst time for icicles… I hate how you’ll be sitting there, and you can hear them falling as the weather gets warmer and they start to melt.


  2. #2 Charlie (Colorado)
    March 4, 2007


    (1) Who?
    (4) How does this phobia manifest itself? You don’t want catsup on a hamburger? Panic if you find a packet in your McDonald’s bag? Can’t approach the condiments aisle at the grocewry store?
    (10) What?

  3. #3 Blas
    March 4, 2007

    Sushi: arent you scared of raw fish

    you fortgot to mention you liked the australian naturalist showman,I did not expect that…

    characters missing in this kb

  4. #4 Tony P
    March 4, 2007

    You don’t like Jack Johnson? I have to admit I was a little skeptical at first but I do actually like a few of his tunes.

    That’s the beauty of sharing out your iTunes libraries at work. A little cross-pollination happens. Of course ever since we put everything in separate VLAN’s it’s now a pool of six instead of 50. Oh well.

  5. #5 Shelley
    March 4, 2007

    I went to one Jack Johnson concert. Behind him on stage was a huge movie of him surfing, and he had it up the WHOLE CONCERT. It was just pretty mastubatory. Plus he did the soundtrack for Curious George and some unforgiveable cartoon interposed on real-life music videos (a la Mary Poppins.) Bleeeeeggg.

    As for ketchup, the sight, or smell of it makes me quesy. I can’t watch anyone eat it and move the bottle away from me at resturants. Packets don’t bother me, as the nastiness is contained.

    No, not afraid of raw fish, and yes I do love Steve Irwin (RIP!). I just get too sad to mention him in my list. 🙁

    As for the short bus, less people to drop off meant a shorter bus ride! Plus my busdriver was supercool and took us all to Pizza Hut once a year.

  6. #6 Johan
    March 4, 2007

    Somewhere, at a Hot Topic in the Midwest, an indie kid is crying out in pain over the bands you dared to lump Belle and Sebastian in with.

    Oh wait, that was me.

  7. #7 MJ Memphis
    March 4, 2007

    Re: ketchup queasiness- mayonnaise has a similar effect on me. Makes me a little ill just seeing it, and the thought of consuming it makes me gag. Ranch dressing is fine, though, the mayonnaiseness is diluted enough for consumption. Don’t care for ketchup either, but not to the same degree.

  8. #8 Blas
    March 4, 2007

    Could you help me lose the fear of eating raw food?. I think sushi is an excellent food, but I am concerned about raw fish

    Eating raw fish can result in anisakiasis, an infection caused by an infestation of Anisakis worm larvae.

    No problems for this person:

  9. #9 dan dright
    March 4, 2007

    ditto 1,2,8. I am December 12. 4:23 am tho.

    Mmmmmmm sushi.

  10. #10 Jonathan
    March 5, 2007

    Tobiko is bubble-wrap for the mouth, wonderful stuff!

  11. #11 Mustafa Mond, FCD
    March 5, 2007

    Do you own one of these T-shirts?

  12. #12 Shelley Batts
    March 5, 2007

    Do you own one of these T-shirts?

    No, but I really should! Awesome!

    Tobiko is bubble-wrap for the mouth, wonderful stuff!
    What a perfect way to put it. 🙂

    Eating raw fish can result in anisakiasis, an infection caused by an infestation of Anisakis worm larvae.
    That’s gotta be pretty rare, though, right?

  13. #13 jen
    March 5, 2007

    are you sure it was jack johnson himself on the surfing movie? he’s done a couple of soundtracks to surfing documentaries, that was kinda his m.o. before big money (i.e. curious george) came rolling in.

  14. #14 Cameron
    March 5, 2007

    I was an open water diver at 14 too 🙂

    But I eat over a gallon of ketchup every month…

  15. #15 p-ter
    March 6, 2007

    John Mayer and Jack Johnson in the same “genre” as Belle and Sebastian and death cab for cutie? Wha?

    both if you’re feeling sinister (B&S) and we have the facts… (death cab) are classics in two totally different styles of music. Mayer and Johnson are fairly uninteresting singer/songwriters. What’s this genre they’re all supposed to have in common?

    SB: The genre of which I refer is wussy flaccid music. 🙂

  16. #16 Tlazolteotl
    March 12, 2007

    Most fish is frozen, which does kill any parasites….

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