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Old 05-23-2016, 03:06 AM
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Would you rather have no knees? Or have no elbows?

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Would you rather have no knees? Or have no elbows?
I make my living in front of a computer, so I guess I'm going to have to choose knees.

Would you rather have a painful coughing fit every time you see a red headed person, or be unable to pronounce the letter "m"?
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My son has gingery hair, but his first and last name start with M.
'Aybe his hair will turn a handso'e auburn, like 'rs Lynde told Anne of Green Gables, after 'arilla and 'atthew adopted her.

I just had pneumonia. As much as I don't want to call my son truncated name, I will have to lose the M.

Would you rather have hip wader boots or foam rubber flip flops as your only foot wear, year round?
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Old 06-07-2016, 01:38 AM
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My son has gingery hair, but his first and last name start with M.
'Aybe his hair will turn a handso'e auburn, like 'rs Lynde told Anne of Green Gables, after 'arilla and 'atthew adopted her.

I just had pneumonia. As much as I don't want to call my son truncated name, I will have to lose the M.

Would you rather have hip wader boots or foam rubber flip flops as your only foot wear, year round?
Damn! That's a hard one. Since I live in Texas, I'll have to go with flip flops.

Paper cuts on tip tip of you index fingers and thumbs for a full year? Or..

A pimple on the tip of your nose for a full year?
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A pimple on the tip of my nose for an entire year. Ultimately it's just a "looks" problem. With as much typing as I do during a year, the paper cut thing would really, really suck.

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Would you rather freeze to death or be burned alive?
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Old 06-07-2016, 04:12 AM
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I'm told freezing is not awful, and burning sounds horrendous. Especially if you have the slightest chance of being rescued from either of the chosen fates. So ice block it is.

Would you rather smell burning rubber all day every day, or smell like burning rubber to everyone who's not you?
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Would you rather smell burning rubber all day every day, or smell like burning rubber to everyone who's not you?
I'm going to guess that after a few days or weeks I'm not going to notice the smell; it'll blend into the background just like people who live near an airport stop noticing the planes coming in to land / taking off over their heads (personal experience!) Comparing that to the thought of explaining why I smell like burning rubber to every new person I meet makes it a no-contest.

Would you rather eat only your favourite food for the rest of your life, or never be able to eat it again?
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I would much rather eat my favorite food for the rest of my life.


Would you rather have Donald Trump as the next president or step in dog excrement every day for the next four years?

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Bring on the dog poop. It's not like I am Grrr! and have to wear flip flops year round. (By the way Im Canadian, but still willing to take in on the shoe for the good of the planet.)

Would you rather spend all day in a seminar room that is too hot, or one that is too cold. (say 90 0r 50 degrees?)
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Old 06-08-2016, 01:47 AM
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Too cold for me please.

Would you rather eat food that is too spicy for the rest of your life? Or food that is too bland?
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I survived the bland food thing for years when the little Sans ate nothing more exotic than hot dogs. I can do it again.

Planet stops rotating. Do you live a tribal society existence in the permanent dark or eternal light?
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Old 06-08-2016, 09:35 PM
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Eternal light. Tripping over stuff in the dark would get old.

Something really bad for a lot of people would happen unless you shot one muppet to death. Would you murder Kermit or Ernie?
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Old 06-08-2016, 11:50 PM
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Kermit. I think he's a secret perv.

WYR, for the rest of your life, only have sex in front of your parents or have the pictures posted of whatever sex you have online?
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I choose online because I could just wear a bag over my head.

Would you rather be rich, handsome, and friendless or be poor, ugly, and have tons of great friends.
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Rich and friendless, assuming we're talking really, really rich. I don't even care if I'm good-looking.

Would you rather starve, or eat the people who died in the crash? Let's assume these are people you know.

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Old 06-16-2016, 12:47 AM
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Is there seasoning? Imma gonna eat either way.

Would you rather work from home, with no human interaction 10 hours a day or have a long commute but get to interact with people.
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Old 06-17-2016, 01:19 AM
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I'm going for working at home. At least I can talk to my dog.

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Old 06-17-2016, 01:39 AM
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Deaf. Not being able to read would be horrible.

Would you rather live in the city or way out in the countryside?
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Old 06-17-2016, 03:21 PM
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Would you rather live in the city or way out in the countryside?
Definitely the city-Raised in the country, and never took to it.
Would you rather relive your life, knowing all you know now, or live twice as long as you normally would have?

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Old 06-17-2016, 03:49 PM
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Definitely the city-Raised in the country, and never took to it.
Would you rather relive your life, knowing all you know now, or live twice as long as you normally would have?
Definitely live twice as long. I think the former would be a curse.

WYR, lose both pinky fingers, or lose sight in one eye?
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Rather lose the eye. I couldn't stand not playing guitar again.

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Find the stash, because then I'd still have the winning ticket, right?


Would you rather fish or cut bait?
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Fish.

Would you rather always wear rollerblades (except when showering or bathing) or be paralyzed below the knees?
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Old 06-29-2016, 11:42 PM
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Superman, because the cape.

Would you rather make passionate love with Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump?
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Trump. 'Cause then I could find out if his boasts are true.

Would you rather have a Boston accent or be mute?

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Top grades at a so-so college, or so-so grades at a top college?
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Top grades at a so-so college, because then I'd think I MIGHT HAVE had top grades at a top college.

Would you rather drive in rain or snow?
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Hmmm, I actually enjoy driving in both. Coming from the northeast, I now live in the San Francisco Bay Area where the nice weather really spoils us. I miss "real" weather, and I enjoy visiting it when it happens. Hard rain, or heavy snow, I like it. (But, visiting the weather is a far different thing from living in that weather.

But I'll choose rain, over snow.

To visit a place that's 300-600 miles away, would you rather drive or fly there?

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Would you rather work from home, with no human interaction 10 hours a day or have a long commute but get to interact with people.
I've done both. I went from a daily 115-mile commute each way, to working at home. Working at home is roughly 1000 times better than the commute.

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To visit a place that's 300-600 miles away, would you rather drive or fly there?
Drive. I really hate flying, and if I need a car when I get there, I might as well take mine. Plus, driving is easier with the kids.

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Would you rather.... have twice-weekly, exciting, one night stands, each one with someone you'll never see again, or have twice weekly, boring sex with a life partner?

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I'll take boring sex with a life partner. There may be other aspects of our lives that provide the excitement.

Would you rather have a beautiful face and an ugly body, or an ugly face and a beautiful body?
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I've done both. I went from a daily 115-mile commute each way, to working at home. Working at home is roughly 1000 times better than the commute.
I've worked from an office or job location all my life, 40+ years, and have now recently started a permanent WFH job. I'm still getting used to it, trying to get into a rhythm. It's been a bit of a struggle. Hey, I think I'll start an IMHO thread about that. Look there...


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Drive. I really hate flying, and if I need a car when I get there, I might as well take mine. Plus, driving is easier with the kids.
Congratulations, you picked the correct answer! There are many, though, who prefer to fly. Not me.


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I'll take boring sex with a life partner. There may be other aspects of our lives that provide the excitement.

Would you rather have a beautiful face and an ugly body, or an ugly face and a beautiful body?
The former. We interact face-to-face, and good conversations are key to a solid, loving relationship.

That was a tough one, though. A beautiful body means you are healthy, fit, active.

So actually, I will change my mind and take the latter! You don't need to have good looks to have a good personality.


Sorry for the back-and-forth. In play: For baseball fans, would you rather listen to it on the radio, watch it on TV, or see it live at the ballpark?
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Sorry for the back-and-forth. In play: For baseball fans, would you rather listen to it on the radio, watch it on TV, or see it live at the ballpark?

Baseball on the radio is great. But I'd prefer being there (once in a while, not every game) or TV.


Next. Would you prefer a vacation week on an island in the South Pacific or a week in Paris?
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A (quiet relaxing) week on an island.

Would you rather publicly inherit $10 million and this fact appears on the front page of the paper (and goes viral on youtube), or quietly acquire $5 million and tell only those people you wish to know about your good fortune
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Old 08-20-2016, 02:31 AM
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I'll take the $10 million. I don't care who knows.

Would you rather be a random person in the past, present or future?
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Would you rather be a random person in the past, present or future?
Usually I'd pick the Future and hope for hover cars and immortality, but at the moment I fear the Trumpening may cause a world-wide post-apocalyptic nightmare scenario, so I'll stick to the present.

Would you rather live in a Disney cartoon, with Goofy, and Donald Duck and so on, or live and work on a large cruise ship, but never be allowed to touch firm ground due to a gipsy curse.

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Guess I'll stick with Disney cartoon. Both are absurd lifestyles but at least there's potential for change/variety living in a, you know, cartoon.

Would you rather the city you live in change the name of the street your home address is on to "Flatulent Moose Drive" or have to wear harvest gold/avocado green/orange polyester leisure suits every day at work for the next week?
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Would you rather the city you live in change the name of the street your home address is on to "Flatulent Moose Drive" or have to wear harvest gold/avocado green/orange polyester leisure suits every day at work for the next week?
Too easy. I work at home. Wearing goofy clothes doesn't impact me at all . Changing the street name would be a pain though.

Would you rather -- Drink a pint of garlic flavored beer, or eat a double scoop of pickle flavored ice cream?
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I'll take the ice cream. But am I limited to merely a double scoop?

Would you rather eat your favorite food for the first time or read your favorite book for the first time?
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I'd rather read my favorite book for the first time again.

Would you rather be able to flick your index finger Wolverine-style and find a nail file protruding from your finger or would you rather it be a corkscrew?
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The nail file would be a little more useful, I guess. I don't have to open wine bottles that often.

A bottle in front of me, or a frontal lobotomy?
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Would you rather live twenty years more, or relive the last ten years?
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Twenty years more, please. The past decade has been good, but I'm the sort to look ahead.

A short, very turbulent flight, or a longer, smoother flight with a kid behind you kicking your seat over and over?
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I've experienced both, and I'll take the short, turbulent one.

Would you rather be chased by a swarm of hornets or get sprayed by a skunk?
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Skunk. I have an exceptionally dull sense of smell.

Would you rather watch The Phantom Menace on an endless loop, or listen to Gilbert Gottfried read the dictionary cover to cover?
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Phantom Menace. At least I could eventually sleep through it.

Would you rather be the world's greatest pianist or guitarist?
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Phantom Menace. At least I could eventually sleep through it.

Would you rather be the world's greatest pianist or guitarist?
Guitarist.

Would you rather live with Sheldon Cooper, or by yourself in Stuart's comic book store? (remember, if you live at the comic book store, you have to shower at the gym, and cook in the microwave or on a hot plate).
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Living with Sheldon, in a heartbeat. We have some similar interests, he usually amuses me, and most importantly, I wouldn't take his shit the way Leonard does. After a week or two we'd have reached an accomodation on equal terms, or he'd be moving out.

Knowing Penny's maiden name, or being French-kissed by her?

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Living with Sheldon, in a heartbeat. We have some similar interests, he usually amuses me, and most importantly, I wouldn't take his shit the way Leonard does. After a week or two we'd have reached an accomodation on equal terms, or he'd be moving out.

Knowing Penny's maiden name, or being French-kissed by her?
Knowing her maiden name. I'm bisexual, but Penny is not my type.

Have all your current pets live healthy lives, but with their normal lifespans for their species and breed, or have them all outlive you, which means you would never have to go through losing another pet, but they'd all have to be rehomed, as elderly pets, after you died. They would remain healthy in their extraordinary lifespans, but would still age, so that by your death, they would be elderly. In other words, they would age with you, whatever that means for your particular age and time left.
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