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Old 01-15-2004, 05:30 PM
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My God, I'm not the only insane one!

We all have the "friend" who e-mails you the endless stream of jokes, chain letters and other general crap. Mine, a co-worker, forwarded this along to me this today:


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Whenever I get a package of plain M&Ms, I make it my duty to continue the strength and robustness of the candy as a species. To this end, I hold M&M duels. Taking two candies between my thumb and forefinger, I apply pressure, squeezing them together until one of them cracks and splinters. That is the "loser," the inferior one, which must be eaten immediately. The winner gets to go another round.

In general, the brown and red M&Ms are tougher, and the newer blue ones are genetically inferior. I have hypothesized that the blue M&Ms as a race cannot survive long in the intense theater of competition that is the modern candy and snack-food world.

Occasionally I will get a mutation, a candy that is misshapen, or pointier, or flatter than the rest. Almost invariably this proves to be a weakness, but on very rare occasions it gives the candy extra strength. In this way, the species continues to evolve, adapting to its environment.

When I reach the end of the pack, one M&M remains the strongest of the herd. Since it would make no sense to eat this one as well, I pack it neatly in an envelope and send it to M&M Mars, A Division of Mars, Inc., Hackettstown, NJ 17840-1503 U.S.A., along with a 3x5 card reading, "Please use this M&M for breeding purposes." (god willing, it survives the postal service) This week they wrote back to thank me, and sent me a coupon for a free 1/2 pound bag of plain M&Ms. I consider this "grant money." I have set aside the weekend for a grand tournament. From a field of hundreds, we will discover the True Champion.

After all, there can be only one
I read the e-mail.

I stared blankly at my monitor, trying to understand what I was reading.

I read it a second time, and clarity hit me. In a fit of rage, I raced to the sender's cubicle.

"Who have you been talking to?!" I demanded.

"Huh?"

"Have you been spying on me??" I asked, frothing.

He stared at me, uncomprehending. The terror and confusion in eyes told me -- this one knows nothing of my terrible secret.

I want back to my desk and read the e-mail a third time.

And I understood.

And I wept.

I wept the tears of joy that only the loneliest of the lonely can weep, when finally met with a familiar face.

I am alone no longer.

For I, too, am an organizer of M&M Mortal Kombat.

I'm not the only one who can be found hunched over his desk pretending to work, surreptitiously organizing my candy-coated warriors into brackets, preparing them for the deadly battleground they will soon face.

I'm not the only one spending far too much time devising rules for these tournaments (combatants must be face-to-face, the "m" logo side being the "face").

I'm not the only one sitting there, squeezing two chocolaty warriors in a pinch of death -- trying to determine that perfect moment when a victor is obvious, but before they both wind up exploding, spraying M shards all over my cubicle.

There is someone else out there, just...like...me.

Oh, except I'm not about to mail any of my champions back to the good people at the M&M Mars. No, the champions of the anonymous e-mailer's league gets a much different fate than those of mine -- my champion M ascends to the top of the towering container of raisins on my desk (I don't only snack on junk food). There he will sit triumphantly, basking in the glory of his victory, master of all he surveys. Until I feel like snacking on chocolate again.

Then he gets eaten too.

So this whole experience got me wondering. In what way are you insane? What is it that you do that is so completely off the wall, that there's no way anyone else shares your particular quirk. Bet'cha you're wrong in thinking that.
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Old 01-15-2004, 05:56 PM
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If I step on cracks in the pavement more than 4-5 times, I try to even out the number of times I step on them between my left and right feet. I also realise that in order to have a realistic gait, I have to plan out my steps about 3-4 paces ahead.

In other aspects of my life, I'm remarkedly sane.
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Old 01-15-2004, 06:15 PM
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If I step on cracks in the pavement more than 4-5 times, I try to even out the number of times I step on them between my left and right feet. I also realise that in order to have a realistic gait, I have to plan out my steps about 3-4 paces ahead.
Oh my God! I'm not the only one who feels somehow "wrong" if I've stepped on an uneven number of cracks??? I also have to have my shoes tied juuuuuuuust right. I swear, I have hints of OCD.

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Old 01-15-2004, 06:23 PM
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I am slightly less crazy than you you guys. I just separate my M&Ms by color and always eat them in the same order. Brown is always, always last because it tastes the best. It really throws me off when they introduce new colors.
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Old 01-15-2004, 06:42 PM
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Most of the time when i listen to music is because i'm going to become deaf to the world for the duration of it.
I tend to create a 'video clip' or a mini-story that corresponds to the type of song and the beat. It's all fighting action sequence...with sacrifices and sometimes lost battles, between characters i had created in my head (i created them since i was a kid. Always wanted to make a comic outa them).


I'm female, btw.

The thing is i have to do it everyday. If i don't, i get this 'withdrawal' of really wanting to listen and dream. and if you try to talk to me, you either have to call my name out loud to wake me up.

How's that for fruity?
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Old 01-15-2004, 06:43 PM
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erm...that is
you have to call my name out loud, or actually tap my shoulder to get my attention.

thank you. carry on..
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Old 01-15-2004, 06:49 PM
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sekhmett kiba:
ironically i do the exactly same thing.. i visualize excellent fights.. very similar to that of Dragonball Z fights (if anyone is familiar with the anime cartoon) but real life people rather than cartoons....
.. the more hardcore the song.. the more hardcore the violence


btw.. im a guy .. what does that change ? :wally
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Old 01-15-2004, 06:55 PM
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Ragez0r , dear, i said i was a girl because:
A) My handle tends to mislead...
B) Supposedly guys, like you, are the only ones that have 'fight' thoughts while girls dream about Barbie and Ken. ::shudder::

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Old 01-15-2004, 06:58 PM
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a) the only thing your nickname mislead me about was wether it was even a word or not
b) rather rude of you to stereotype your own gender isnt it ? lol
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Old 01-15-2004, 07:17 PM
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I absolutely MUST read any book series in order. This is so I get the proper perspective on things and do not miss the small things mentioned in reference to previous books. This also prevents the spoiling of previous books storylines. It drives me up the wall to read a book and discover.. that it's the last in the series, or the middle.. or whichever. I then must immediately rectify this and start at the very beginning and read them all. If the Library is missing bits and pieces (like the VERY FIRST BOOK) I go on a hunt of all the libraries I can get to to see if they have it in paperback. If they do not then I must stretch my budget to include the book or if it's only available in hardcover I must find a friend with a copy or do without.

Anything spreadable must be spread evenly over as much of the surface area as possible. This applies especially to bread/toast, muffins and bagels. Refridgerated butter is my bane of existence.
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Old 01-15-2004, 07:34 PM
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I have a sock puppet personality. But, he isn't really a sock puppet. He's my hand.

When ever I get board with the conversation I seem to be stuck in, or need a different outlook on what we're talking about, I ask Balbo.

Balbo usually has a Frech accent, but not always. He's VERY lecherous and has been known to peer directly down a woman's blouse while we're talking and has even bitten a nipple or two every now and then, right there in front of everyone!

Balbo seems to be a likeable fellow, but he can quickly wear out his welcome if he's to bawdy.

He likes to sing Beatle's tunes, the early ones, and has a pretty nice singing voice.

Even after the other people leave or stop talking, Balbo and I will continue the conversation, at times getting into very heated arguments. Still, I love talking to Balbo. He's intelligent, funny, and I never know what he might say or do next.


I kid you not. When I get into the Balbo mode, I am seriously not in control of him. When I do gain back the control, he is no longer Balbo, just my hand.


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Old 01-15-2004, 08:20 PM
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I absolutely MUST read any book series in order. This is so I get the proper perspective on things and do not miss the small things mentioned in reference to previous books. This also prevents the spoiling of previous books storylines. It drives me up the wall to read a book and discover.. that it's the last in the series, or the middle.. or whichever. I then must immediately rectify this and start at the very beginning and read them all. If the Library is missing bits and pieces (like the VERY FIRST BOOK) I go on a hunt of all the libraries I can get to to see if they have it in paperback. If they do not then I must stretch my budget to include the book or if it's only available in hardcover I must find a friend with a copy or do without.

Anything spreadable must be spread evenly over as much of the surface area as possible. This applies especially to bread/toast, muffins and bagels. Refridgerated butter is my bane of existence.
Obsidian Flutterby, you have a tri-cat soulmate! Those are two of my very favorite obsessions!
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Old 01-16-2004, 03:26 AM
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I am slightly less crazy than you you guys. I just separate my M&Ms by color and always eat them in the same order. Brown is always, always last because it tastes the best. It really throws me off when they introduce new colors.
I do the same thing!!! Right down to saving the Browns for last, and for the same reason.

I also do this strange thing rather compulsively, and I've done it since I was as young as I can remember. Not quite sure how it started or why, but sometimes I imagine that I'm completely covered in a perfectly smooth and even layer of margarine. When that happens I just have to strip it off with my hands. First I take my right hand and run it tightly up my left arm over the wrist and then my fingers through my other fingers nice and tight to make sure to get all of it. I then continue down my palm allowing the ball of margarine to build up in my right hand. Then finally I give my right wrist a quick flick to throw it away. I do the same thing, hands reversed.

I think I used to do it full body when I was a kid, but now I just do arms.

...and occasionally kneecaps for some reason.
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Old 01-16-2004, 03:38 AM
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I absolutely MUST read any book series in order. This is so I get the proper perspective on things and do not miss the small things mentioned in reference to previous books. This also prevents the spoiling of previous books storylines. It drives me up the wall to read a book and discover.. that it's the last in the series, or the middle.. or whichever. I then must immediately rectify this and start at the very beginning and read them all. If the Library is missing bits and pieces (like the VERY FIRST BOOK) I go on a hunt of all the libraries I can get to to see if they have it in paperback. If they do not then I must stretch my budget to include the book or if it's only available in hardcover I must find a friend with a copy or do without.
I do that too.
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Old 01-16-2004, 09:01 AM
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Waitaminute. I think that M&M thing originated here on this board. Does anyone else remember that? My searching was for naught.

Then again, maybe they saw it somewhere else, and posted it here.
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Old 01-16-2004, 09:09 AM
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If I am eating any kind of colored candy they must be separated into piles by color. All the reds together...all the greens together and so on.

And they MUST be eaten by even numbers. For example, I can eat 2 or 4 or 6 all at once but never just 1, 3, 5, etc.

If there is an uneven number of a certain color then, and only then, can I combine colors to make an even set.

If the bag has an uneven number of candies then the very last group I eat is allowed to be an odd number but only the last group.

God, this sounds bizarre when I type it out.
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Old 01-16-2004, 09:19 AM
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I also sort by colors and have the "must eat even numbers" rule, but with a couple of twists -- one, if I have an uneven number of a color, I am allowed to eat one to achieve said even number. Once I have even numbers of all colors, I must start eating from the biggest group, and I must have the same number of candies on each side of my mouth. Then I go after the next biggest group, and so on until I have the same number of each color. After that I eat them in whatever order I feel like -- but always by twos or fours.
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Old 01-16-2004, 10:11 AM
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M & M Gladiator tourney's, huh?

Gee Thanks.

Now I have yet another thing to distract me from me work.

So far, it seems that the browns are holding up Much better (Peanut Butter M&M's)
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Old 01-16-2004, 10:23 AM
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I don't get as involved as the others here with the sorting and even numbered eating of candy, but I do participate.

I did practice the even and fair stepping on of cracks, until one time, I actually got overwhelmed with the counting and gave up, swearing off it forever. Now I forbid myself to step on any cracks at all.

But, the insanity that separates me from all others involves the pattern of how I actually turn my body. Imagine, if you will, as if I had an invisible and virtual piece of yarn that was infinite in its length, protruding from my belly button. If I turn one way, I must turn back the same way, lest I get "tangled" in this yarn. So, I never turn one way, and then continue to turn all the way around.

I was a middle child. When I was little, I was convinced that under my skin, inside my body, I was actually a robot with gears and such. Maybe I even thought that I was a cyborg with some sort with AI. This was the explanation I made to myself of why I never broke a bone, despite the number of trees that I had fallen out of. At worst, I would just bend something, which could be bent back into shape.

I remember the times my mother would take me to the doctors' office for random stuff, and I would think, "There's not much he's going to be able to do for me. I'm a cyborg," or, "Go ahead and cut me open. All you'll find is gears and circuits."

When I was in the USMC, I got Double Bronchitis. When the Corpsman showed me the x-ray of my lungs, I actually looked at it deeply, as proof that my childhood fantasy was just that - a fantasy.
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Old 01-16-2004, 10:24 AM
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Re M&Ms, I separate them by color, and eat them by 2s starting with the color group that has the largest number of candies and working my way down to the smallest group. The only time I can combine two colors is if I have an odd number in that color.

[hijack] Remember that old Tootsie Pop commercial? The one where the kid wants to know how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, asks a turtle, who takes it to an owl. The owl takes 3 licks and then crunches it before ponderously announcing, "Three. It takes three licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop." When I was about 9 or 10, I spent the better part of a Saturday with a Tootsie Pop, a piece of paper, and a pencil. I made a tick mark for every lick I took until I got to the center. My mother was amused and sent it to the Tootsie Roll company, who never even acknowledged my youthful efforts at scientific experimentation. [/hijack]

When I'm walking on a sidewalk with cracks, I have to step on every crack. If they're close enough together, I have to go from crack to crack. Otherwise I have to pace it from the crack, to the middle, to the next crack. If I'm walking with someone, it tends to drive them nuts.

Hmmm . . . maybe my mother's not the only one in the family with OCD?
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Old 01-16-2004, 10:27 AM
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sorry about the near consecutive, but here's the results

Brown had a long run, but mighty blue beat it in a brilliant triumphent battle. I actually felt sorrow to see brown go.

Blue has now earned the exclusive "Spot on top of my speaker" until the next war.
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Old 01-16-2004, 10:28 AM
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I too felt all alone in the world untill that fateful day when I discoverd that porn site that specializes in women stomping on rodents while wearing high heels.

But alas, none of those people take it to the extreme that I do.

(heavy sigh)







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Old 01-16-2004, 11:54 AM
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I know I'm not the only one who does this, but I still find it amazing: cell phone pacing. While in a conversation on a cell phone, I will pace back and forth throughout the duration of the call. Pace length varies whether I'm indoors or outdoors and the importance of the call. Stressfull call = 20 paces back and forth or so. When I hang up, I usuall find myself a hundred yards or so away from my original location without any recollection of how I got there. Also, if I'm indoors walking on a tile floor, I MUST step like a knight in chess...no exceptions!

Oh, and I also make drum beats with my tongue and teeth. Banging my tongue against my teeth makes the bass drum sound, while lightly chattering my teeth makes the snare sound. Its only loud enough that I can hear, but fun for me.
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Old 01-16-2004, 11:59 AM
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When I was about 9 or 10, I spent the better part of a Saturday with a Tootsie Pop, a piece of paper, and a pencil. I made a tick mark for every lick I took until I got to the center. My mother was amused and sent it to the Tootsie Roll company, who never even acknowledged my youthful efforts at scientific experimentation.
Your post now requires me to ask...

Just HOW MANY licks did it take you to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?


Re: the OP:
Before I eat anything, I have to smell every bit of food in front of me before I eat it, including my drink. The drink is what is interesting about this for me, because I will even smell my glass of water before taking that first drink.
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Old 01-16-2004, 01:41 PM
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I have a bizarre cheeseburger-rearranging quirk. Whenever I get a cheeseburger (a real cheeseburger, not fast-food variety) I usually find there is too much meat. So I will remove the burger and cut it in half so that I have two patties of equal diameter but only half the width of the original patty. One is discarded, and the other one goes back into the burger. If there is still too much meat, I will cut it into smaller pieces and evenly distribute them. I then have to also arrange the lettuce, onion and tomato so that they are equally distributed, thus giving me a satisfying integrated tasty burger experience. I have had people laugh openly at me while I do this. If anyone out there does this as well please write immediately and let me know that I'm not alone in the world.

Thank you.

P.S. I did the tootsie-pop experiment as a wee lassie and I believe it took me 236 licks.
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Old 01-16-2004, 02:56 PM
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I probably have more quirks than I realize, but Ghanima just reminded me of something I realized recently... I very rarely finish a sandwich. Doesn't matter if it's a burger, an open-face chicken club, or a PB&J. Even if I'm still hungry, I'll come to the very last bite and leave a bit leftover. Sometimes it's the tiniest bit of bread, other times I'll have a good chunk of meat and cheese still left and I'll eat just the cheese (never ever waste cheese, that's my motto... Oh, and American doesn't count as cheese... that's a cheese food product). On the extremely rare occasions when I leave nothing left of my sandwich, I feel strange as I take that last bite... Like something is horribly horribly wrong with what I'm doing... Thankfully they don't throw anyone in the loony bin for not clearing their plate...
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Old 01-16-2004, 03:00 PM
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Anything spreadable must be spread evenly over as much of the surface area as possible. This applies especially to bread/toast, muffins and bagels. Refridgerated butter is my bane of existence.
Have you tried Land O' Lakes Spreadable Butter? It's a blend of butter and canola oil, comes in a little tub, and spreads perfectly right out of the fridge.
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Old 01-16-2004, 03:10 PM
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Anything spreadable must be spread evenly over as much of the surface area as possible. This applies especially to bread/toast, muffins and bagels. Refridgerated butter is my bane of existence.
I do this. I will microwave the butter to get it soft enough to spread if I haven't taken it out of the refrigerator soon enough. If I'm at my Mom's and she makes me toast or a piece of bread and butter, I've been known to go into the kitchen to "re-spread" the butter.

I also make open face peanut butter sandwiches. I may eat two pieces of bread with peanut butter, but not together (I also don't like jelly, so it's always just a peanut butter sandwich). When I have nothing else to bring to work for lunch, I wll bring two slices of bread and a jar of peanut butter, rather than make a true sandwich and then just pulling it apart.
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Old 01-16-2004, 03:14 PM
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Have you tried Land O' Lakes Spreadable Butter? It's a blend of butter and canola oil, comes in a little tub, and spreads perfectly right out of the fridge.
I do not believe they have that brand of butter up here, or I have not seen it.

I actually buy oleo most of the time, and butter when it's on sale but the butter is saved for baking most often. If I DO use the butter for breads etc I slice a square off of it and place it in a dish like my Grandma does, which is then covered and kept in the cupboard, that way it is soft and easily spread.

I realized another one. When slicing up either cheese or bread the slices must be even and a perfectly 90 degree angle from the board (or near as perfect as I can get). If there is any noticable discrepancy one slice of cheese or bread must be cut to make it so, making that slice hideously deformed. It can still be eaten, but it is not to be used for grilled cheese sandwiches as it causes problems with the melting of the cheese.
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Old 01-16-2004, 03:20 PM
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Ok, I'll be the first to admit that everyone has quirks, but you have to check out this thread and realize that as insane as you may be, there are many others who have you beat by a longshot. I warn you, however, this thread is not for the faint of heart...
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Old 01-16-2004, 03:33 PM
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I absolutely MUST read any book series in order.
I try to read them in the order they were written... except for The Chronicles of Narnia which i read in sequence.
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Old 01-16-2004, 03:42 PM
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Genius. If it wasn't so cold i'd go out now to buy some M&Ms. I always thought they were a little dull as sweets, but this has made me look at them in a whole new light.

I can't think of any particular quirks myself at the moment, just wanted to show my appreciation for the M&M championship idea.

Carry on..
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Old 01-17-2004, 01:59 AM
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Oh, and I also make drum beats with my tongue and teeth. Banging my tongue against my teeth makes the bass drum sound, while lightly chattering my teeth makes the snare sound. Its only loud enough that I can hear, but fun for me.
I do this a lot too, and include my tongue as an instrument. There is a surprising range of tones you can get by shuffling spit around against your teeth.
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Old 01-17-2004, 02:25 AM
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I know I'm not the only one who does this, but I still find it amazing: cell phone pacing. ..... Also, if I'm indoors walking on a tile floor, I MUST step like a knight in chess...no exceptions!
I do both these things. And may I say, my future looks a little odd as a result. I am learning to be an appraiser. I will be going into people's houses and walking on their tiled floors like I'm playing Wizard Chess; and will be taking business calls on my cell phone in public, where the world can watch me pace.

(I once walked clockwise around a water fountain 15 times while patiently explaining to my ex why he was my ex. A guy sat there and watched me do this, and when the call ended, he asked me if going the opposite direction would fix my relationship. I never thought of that! )
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Old 01-17-2004, 07:09 AM
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Hmm...I always knew I was normal and everyone else in the world was crazy. Now i have proof...this thread!!!

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Old 01-17-2004, 08:55 AM
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Hey Hal--Could you please hold another tornament and give us the status of the new black & white M&Ms.
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Old 01-17-2004, 09:22 AM
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On another similar thread in the not-too-distant past, I discussed my M&M sorting and eating habits and my sidewalk-crack-stepping habits, neither of which are all that remarkable in the context of this group (which is just amazing). Although I can do the sidewalk-crack thing on any patterned floor surface; I "feel" the differences in the soles of my feet. Borderline OCD? Probably. Hasn't disrupted my life yet, however.

I'm also a compusive counter. I like to count in my head. I have many opportunities daily to do that now, as I work in a building where I have to take two elevators to get to my office and the elevators beep as they pass each floor, so I get to count the floors up and down as I ride. I thought I was alone in my compusive counting till I read "Rest You Merry" by Charlotte Macleod some years back, in which two of her characters are also compulsive counters who, upon discovering this similar trait, realize it is True Love. I felt the same way at the time.

I have a few minor obsessions at work, too. Paperclips MUST be sorted by size and type, unhooked from each other, and neatly laid in their appropriate compartments all lying in the same direction. And file folders must always be in tab cut order -- you know, the ones that come with tabs left, right, and center have to be sorted so that they go in sequence. Fortunately, my nearest coworker shares my obsession, so we happily sort our file folders together.
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Old 01-17-2004, 10:21 AM
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Much like Ghanima, I find people rarely know how to prepare a cheeseburger properly. Inevitably it is unsatisfactory and I am forced to disect it. I begin by pulling apart the two buns to reveal the goodness within. Usually the preparer has only put mayo on one bun, and this will not do. I flip the meat over so that the un-mayoed bun can sop up a little of the mayo from the meat. I then carefully arrange the patty itself, making sure nothing is hanging off the edge. Then, and only then, may I bite into it.
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Old 01-17-2004, 11:16 AM
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I'm also a compusive counter. I like to count in my head.
I've been a compulsive counter for many years. When I walk up steps, I always count steps. I basically count everything. If I don't have something specific to count, I count "1-2-3-4" (or sometimes "1-3-2-4") on my fingers over and over in my head. It's like background music to me.

Re M&M's: I agree they should be sorted by color, but what I do is start to eat the color with the largest number of candies first. When the number in that pile = the number in the second-largest pile, I can eat from those piles alternately. I continue until there's only one of each color left, and then finish them off IN ANY ORDER I WANT!

I was in the Container Store the other day. As part of a display, they had some balls of yarn in a clear container. But someone had been playing with the balls, and some of the yarn had come off and gotten all tangled. Well, since I'm a World-Class Untangler, I had to sit down and sort out their balls of yarn. Only took about 10 minutes...
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Old 01-17-2004, 12:03 PM
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I'm compulsive about my food. No different foods may touch, or I won't eat the portions that have touched other food items. I separate different foods on my plate, with at least a one-inch space between them. My mom complains that I used to make her remove the skins from my baked potatoes, so I could eat potato and skin separately. Ok, I was 4 or so.

When I eat things like beef stew, I make sure to have only one food item at a time -- potato, carrot, beef, etc. NEVER mix foods in my mouth at one time! Gack!

Oddly, my 2.5-year-old son sometimes eats the same way. He eats pizza in layers -- first the toppings, then the cheese, then licks the crust clean, then eats the crust. Other times, he mushes everything on his plate into a mass, and shoves it all into his mouth. I can barely stand to watch him eat when he does that.
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Old 01-17-2004, 12:41 PM
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Whenever I run in PE around the track, I always hum the Blackadder theme.

Doo doo dooo do do dooo do do do do-do-doooo...
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Old 01-17-2004, 12:46 PM
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I pick up all money that I find, even pennies, in the fear that if I don't, the universe will think I have wealthy enough and stop send me some.
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Old 01-17-2004, 01:47 PM
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I have that same pacing thing with mobile phones, the longer I have to talk, the faster I pace. When I am at home, I sometimes end up outside, because there is not enough room in the house.
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Old 01-17-2004, 04:12 PM
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really now..

Obsidian Flutterby said something about having to read books in order...
Exact opposite- I can't read books in a series in order. Plain and simple. I fail. Lord of the Rings? I tried, really I did. I just couldnt read Fellowship. Until I read Two Towers. And then it was so much more exciting. And then Return of was last, you see.

but about those MandMs..I start by sorting them by color, and then I eat parts of the bigger groups to make all the colors have the same number. And heres where it gets fun....I put them into groups of either four or three, depends on what I feel like, with 2 of one color and 1(or two) of another. I set them into small lines, alternating their colors.Then I put the lines in some artistic design. And then I eat one from each group, and then sort all the colors out again. But you see, the colors arent equal. so I make them equal. and then they go into lines of three or four, with two colors in each line, and then the lines are arranged artisticly.....


until theyre all gone. I rarely have MnMs, mainly for the time issue. I just cant eat mnms when I dont do this...I feel guilty, as if the poor little candies wont have served their true artistic capabilities if i didnt. Skittles, on the other hand, I can just empty the bag into my mouth....whatever. insanity is good.
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Old 01-17-2004, 04:32 PM
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Any paperclips in my vicinity must be hooked together into a long chain. No sidebranchings!

And I am another one who has to read books in the proper order. Occasionally I'll skip one if I know that it's the only one missing from the library or something, but that's about it. And I'd rather not do that much.
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Old 01-17-2004, 06:50 PM
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I do this. I will microwave the butter to get it soft enough to spread if I haven't taken it out of the refrigerator soon enough. If I'm at my Mom's and she makes me toast or a piece of bread and butter, I've been known to go into the kitchen to "re-spread" the butter.

I also make open face peanut butter sandwiches. I may eat two pieces of bread with peanut butter, but not together (I also don't like jelly, so it's always just a peanut butter sandwich). When I have nothing else to bring to work for lunch, I wll bring two slices of bread and a jar of peanut butter, rather than make a true sandwich and then just pulling it apart.

You all need to buy a Butter Bell. It's sold by Sur La Table, www.surlatable.com, and it's a two part china contraption. You must soften a stick of butter and pack it into the cup portion of the bell. You fill the bottom part with cool water up about 1/3 of its height and then you stick the bell into the cup part. The cool water keeps the butter fresh, air tight, and spreadable for several days. Just remember to change the water about every three days. This works for cream cheese as well.
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Old 01-17-2004, 09:13 PM
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Argh........ I must confess my deep, dark secret, in hopes of discovering that I Am Not Alone.

When eating a sandwich, I must eat off all the crust before I can eat the center. Patiently I chomp my way around the circumference. When, and only when, all the crust is gone can I eat the uncrusty part. I will stop to examine the sandwich after every few bites to see where the thickest layer of filling is, rotate it to find the best approach spot, and nip off thinner areas first.

I'm quite sure I'm not the only person who carefully breaks a cupcake in two horizontally, detaching the wide top from the narrower bottom. Then the bottom gets eaten before the top. I do this with muffins, too. The muffin top has to be turned upside-down so as not to lose any crumbs from the sheared-off side.

Have you noticed how many of us have food fetishes?
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Old 01-17-2004, 11:24 PM
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what? reading books in order is considered insane now?!


i tend to smell my food too, taking in the aroma is part of the fun when eating. this is also the reason why i don't really like food that tastes good but smells bad.
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Old 01-17-2004, 11:58 PM
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More food fetish/weirdness

I separate smarties (American candy) and Sweet tarts by color. I eat the white ones (or cherry sweet tarts) first, then the lemon plus the lime ones together, then the orange ones. The grape ones are last, so that can enter gustatory nirvana.

When I finish showering and before I step out of the shower, I will run my hands over my arms, torso and legs to "squeegee" the water off. Then I towel dry.

It is truly comforting to know that I am not nearly as weird as I or my wife thinks I am.

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Old 01-18-2004, 12:03 AM
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I too felt all alone in the world untill that fateful day when I discoverd that porn site that specializes in women stomping on rodents while wearing high heels.

But alas, none of those people take it to the extreme that I do.

(heavy sigh)







I read this in the computer room at home, which is also the room that houses my 50+ rats and mice (with a couple of gerbils and a guinea pig thrown in for good measure.)

They seem strangely agitated.

I've noticed them stiffing at their doors and chewing on the corners of their cages.

I think they might be planning to escape.

It's probably a good thing we don't have our locations poated anymore.




And now we return to the OP...

I have to sort my Smarties too and cookies MUST be eaten in two's or fours!
If I'm out walking with someone, we can't walk on opposite sides of a telephone pole or we'll have a fight before the day is over. If I turn away from the sink or worktable, I have to turn back in the same direction, not in a full circle.
Other than that, I'm mostly all right!
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