100 Things

This is a list of 100 random things about me. Enjoy!

  1. I’m an INTJ (very strong on the I, T, and J; fairly weak on the N).
  2. I’m a hard determinist.
  3. I have a large collection of ostentatious socks.
  4. My hair is naturally black and is apparently impervious to bleaching attempts.
  5. I try to give at least one compliment a day—if not verbally, than at least in my mind.
  6. I love to list, sort, alphabetize, categorize, and organize. In my past life I was a Rolodex.
  7. I have anosmia. Don’t worry, it’s not catching.
  8. I do much better upholding my long-term goals than my short-term ones.
  9. I don’t drink pop/soda/whatever you want to call it. Never have, never will.
  10. My first word was “tick-tock.”
  11. I have very small handwriting.
  12. I like airports, both being in them and living near them. I’m one of those weirdos who likes the sound of planes coming and going.
  13. I can fold my entire outer ear into my ear canal.
  14. I can touch the tip of my nose with my tongue.
  15. To me, the Galton board (quincunx, bean machine) demonstrates one of the most beautiful phenomena ever.
  16. I have a very good aural memory.
  17. I get super obsessed with things once I decide I like them.
  18. I did four years of undergraduate work in 2 ½ years and got my first college degree when I was 20. I don’t recommend this approach for those of you who are strongly attached to your sanity.
  19. I like serif better than sans serif fonts.
  20. My favorite word is syzygy.
  21. I like numbers that are divisible by five and/or ten. I’ve had that preference for as long as I can remember.
  22. My favorite number is 100.
  23. I think the need for the interrobang warrants its restoration in common written English.
  24. Physically, I’m a lot stronger than I look.
  25. I’m not much of a movie person, but I enjoy disaster movies (the less scientifically accurate, the better) and movies about space. My favorite movie is Sunshine (way underrated, go watch it!)
  26. I love walking as a form of exercise, but only if I have some way to keep track of my steps/mileage.
  27. I recite a letter of the alphabet per every twist of an apple stem to find the first initial of the person I’m destined to marry, ‘cause I’m just that mature.
  28. I used to sing the Frosted Flakes “Hey Tony!” song incessantly. There are hours of video of this phenomenon.
  29. I admittedly like the sound of auto-tune.
  30. I identify strongly with the belief of hylozoism (but not completely).
  31. My favorite artists are Salvador Dali and M. C. Escher.
  32. I don’t wear jeans. I don’t see how denim could ever be comfortable.
  33. I think European men’s fashion from the late 18th century is astoundingly gorgeous.
  34. My sole talent in this life is being able to re-write song lyrics on the fly. I think it’s because my mom played a lot of Weird Al when I was growing up.
  35. I’m surprisingly old fashioned about a number of things, some of which I am none too proud of and thus don’t discuss.
  36. I very much love the United States of America, flaws and all. I think it’s an amazing country with a fascinating history. Living outside of it has made me appreciate it even more.
  37. When I was younger, I truly thought I exerted some sort of control over the wind. During recess I would stand out on the field and wave my arms around like an idiot trying to make a tornado.
  38. I also thought a flying machine made out of cardboard was structurally sound enough for flight and would perform like a 747 if I could only get it to take off.
  39. I have a somewhat odd fascination with the kilogram as a unit of measure. Look it up, it’s got an interesting history.
  40. There are some days when I have this incredible compassion towards the whole of humanity. There are other days where I just want to stab everyone.
  41. I’m a fast walker.
  42. Within the first few seconds of entering a new room (or in a car/plane/bus), I silently figure out the best place to take cover if a disaster (earthquake, fire, hostage situation, etc.) were to occur.
  43. I would love to go to Antarctica. The only thing stopping me is the fact that for an ordinary citizen like myself, I’d pretty much have to get down there via a cruise, and I don’t feel comfortable about wreaking that amount of environmental damage to the delicate ecosystem just so I can satisfy an urge to hug the southernmost continent. That, and cost issues.
  44. I need schedules. I will start stabbing people if I don’t have a schedule.
  45. I make a lot of stabbing jokes. I’m in reality a very gentle person.
  46. It bothers me when people judge others based on their musical tastes. To me, that’s like judging someone because of their favorite color. Cut it out.
  47. In fact, it bothers me when people judge others at all. We’re all just human beings trying to survive. Live and let live if there is no harm being done.
  48. I’d rather arrive 30 minutes early for an appointment than be even one minute late. In fact, this is often the case.
  49. I’ve had more sexual dreams involving Lady Gaga than I feel comfortable admitting.
  50. The color red-orange makes me physically ill. Even the sound of it is nausea-inducing to me.
  51. My body responds to super-high levels of stress by sleeping through whatever is the cause of the stress. So far, I have nearly slept through an important statistics test, my first-round state drama performance, a big geography final, a major English presentation, the GRE, my final presentation for a measurement class, and the GRE (again).
  52. Simple things like showering, making dinner, walking to the bus, and combing my hair make me really nervous for some reason.
  53. I have the immune system of a god. I may have gotten worthless genetic scratch tickets when it comes to attractiveness, but I won the genetic jackpot when it comes to physical health.
  54. I’m not much of a TV person, but I’m totally obsessed with Metalocalypse. I don’t really know why. It’s so stupid it’s genius.
  55. I type like I think in my blogs, which is why there is frequent utilization of caps lock, lots of lists, parentheticals, and references to completely irrelevant stuff.
  56. I will go to fantastic lengths to avoid having to talk to someone over the phone.
  57. I dress like I stood in front of an exploding Crayola factory. I have come to terms that no one will ever take me seriously as an adult because of this.
  58. My clothes are organized in ROYGBIV fashion in my closet.
  59. I have a hard time with change. The concept, not the coins.
  60. I can’t do simple math in my head. I’ve never been able to. Ask me what 7 + 6 is and I’ll sit there for an unnaturally long period of time before I eventually give you an answer.
  61. Because of this, I use a calculator to check ridiculously simple calculations. “What’s seven minus two? BREAK OUT THE TI-83!
  62. In second grade I spent half the school year with a refrigerator box around my desk with a little window cut out of it so I could see what was going on during class. I have no idea why they let me get away with that.
  63. I’m horrible with money. I don’t go on $10,000 shopping sprees or anything like that, but I’m terrible at keeping track of my spending.
  64. I spend waaaaaaay too much time on the internet. So much so that I sometimes think in memes (e.g., “Bathroom! Y U no clean yourself?”).
  65. I love big cities.
  66. Between the years 2006 and 2012, I moved houses at least once every 12 months. In my lifetime, I’ve moved nearly 30 times (most of those within one town).
  67. Apart from the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, I have scored terribly on every standardized test I’ve ever had to take. That’s talent.
  68. I use Internet Explorer and I am not ashamed.
  69. I had a major crush on Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast when I was a kid. Yes, the crush was for him in candelabra form, not human form. Yes, I was a weird child. What can I say? He was hot. Literally.
  70. Dragonflies frighten me.
  71. I find the passing of a year extremely sad. Every New Year’s Eve I find a quiet moment to go sit alone and cry for a bit.
  72. I am quite possibly the least photogenic person on this planet. Do you know how many shots it took me to get that semi-decent picture I have up for this blog? Hundreds. Literally.
  73. I have a strong dislike for cell phones/talking on the phone/having to listen to other peoples’ obnoxiously loud phone conversations in public places. I’m also not a big fan of Twitter or Facebook. KIDS THESE DAYS.
  74. I always have to have a way to be able to tell what time it is.
  75. My favorite period of world history is the European Age of Enlightenment. My favorite period of U.S. History is the American Revolution.
  76. My favorite book plot-wise is The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk, my favorite book character-wise is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and my favorite book stylistically is Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.
  77. I’m pretty sure being forced to read To Kill A Mockingbird one more time would cause my brain to implode. I hate that book so much.
  78. I wrote a lot of Star Wars fanfic in 1st grade.
  79. When I’m in the mood to sing along with my music, I generally like to sing some sort of harmony rather than the straight-up melody. It sounds cooler and I can pretend I’m a rock star.
  80. Calculus is absolutely fantastic. Calculus + Claudia = happiness.
  81. Algebra + Claudia = I don’t know, ‘cause I can’t do algebra.
  82. Apparently I scowl a lot. It’s like my default face. I don’t do it on purpose, but it takes a lot of conscious effort not to. If that makes any sense.
  83. I remember the first time I realized that I was an autonomous being that could make life-changing choices and could essentially do with my life what I wanted. That was simultaneously the greatest and worst feeling in the world.
  84. A cat we took in off the street pretty much adopted me when I was little (3 or 4) and used to follow me around wherever I toddled. She died one night on my bed as I sat awake crying. That night affected me more than a lot of the stuff that’s happened in the past couple of years.
  85. I find the sun very fascinating.
  86. If I’m writing a formal paper, I need to create an extensive outline. If I’m writing fiction, I need to stay away from outlines entirely if the story’s going to be any good.
  87. Scrabble is my favorite non-computer game.
  88. I’m not a vegetarian, mainly because I don’t believe in valuing the lives of more “advanced” beings (pigs, cattle, etc.) over the lives of “simpler” beings (plants). This does not mean, however, that I support the animal cruelty that is so unfortunately synonymous with the U.S. beef/dairy/poultry/etc. industries.
  89. I went to a Catholic elementary school. Quite an experience for a non-Catholic.
  90. I think I have an abnormally frequent occurrence of double and triple numbers in my life, like 22 and 444 and 77 and such. Heck, I was born on 2/2/88 (which was the 33rd day of the year and had 333 days remaining in the year after it because it was a leap year).
  91. I love Achievement Hunter. Sometimes I accidentally quote them around people who have no idea who they are and I get really weird looks. Seriously, try explaining Mark Nutt to somebody who doesn’t know AH.
  92. I am rarely without my headphones and iPod.
  93. I lived with four guys my last year of undergrad. We took Rock Band more seriously than our school work, bought out the dollar store every Friday night, won the war against the mice that were invading our house, and slacked off more than any college students should while still being able to graduate. It was the best year of my life.
  94. I was lucky and got blessed with two parents who are absolutely fantastic.
  95. I sleep 4 to 5 hours a night most nights.
  96. Though I try to be eloquent when I speak and write, my inner dialogue is akin to that of a semi-inebriated frat boy.
  97. Gordon Freeman is my favorite video game character, hands down.
  98. Quake, Fallout 3, and the original Half-life are in a three-way tie as my favorite video games.
  99. I can identify most songs in my music collection within the first five seconds or so.
  100. I unabashedly love Gottfried Leibniz, though you may have already guessed that if you’ve read some of my posts. I mention him as often as I can quite frequently.

3 responses

  1. “My clothes are organized in ROYGBIV fashion in my closet.”

    Loved it!


  2. They are a lot of interesting fact that truly never seeing before with person however there one that stood out the most, the one about having fun time with Rock Band, that was incredibly fun great and felt truly like you had amazing time


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