100 Facts in (More Than) 100 Days: Fact 81

Posted on November 15, 2006

81. When I’m asked my name for some inconsequential reason and my real name isn’t a necessity, I like to operate under the alias “Todd Sandburg.” For instance, if I’m at a restaurant and they need a name to call when my order is ready, I offer “Todd” or “Todd S.” I don’t particularly like the name Todd, but I think I make a more convincing Todd than, say, a James or an Alex.

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100 Facts in 100 Days: Fact 80

Posted on November 13, 2006

80. I’ve been coming to grips in recent years with the fact that I have a truly massive head. Seriously, it’s like a cinder block perched atop my shoulders. We’re talking Flintstonian proportions.

I think I’ll just round this one off with an apropos quote from So I Married an Axe Murderer: “Well, that’s a huge noggin. That’s a virtual planetoid. Has it’s own weather system. HEAD! MOVE!

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100 Facts in 100 Days: Fact 79

Posted on November 12, 2006

79. I’m completely clueless when it comes to babies. I’ve never spent any significant amount of time around a pregnant woman, I have no idea how much a newborn should weigh or how long it should be, and I know even less about child development. “Oh, he’s four months old? He must be talking up a storm! What…no? Well, I’m sure he’ll catch up.”

When asked to hold a baby, I initially refuse — usually citing a nonexistent cold or sinus infection. When I can’t escape, however, I end up holding the infant awkwardly like a sack of potatoes. Or, more appropriately, a sack filled with potatoes and venomous cobras, because it’s obvious the entire situation makes me nervous. I’d feel really bad, after all, if I broke someone’s child.

On the plus side, babies tend to really like me. I think it’s my deep voice and Victorian attitude of treating them like tiny, incontinent adults.

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100 Facts in 100 Days: Fact 78

Posted on October 27, 2006

78. My all-time favorite cartoons are The Simpsons, Futurama, and Batman: The Animated Series. Oh, and I’m one of those people who doesn’t like Family Guy. Let the hate mail begin.

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100 Facts in 100 Days: Fact 77

Posted on October 26, 2006

77. During my freshman year of college, I lost my senses of taste and smell for almost two weeks due to a chemistry experiment gone awry. At the time, I was a pre-med student and enrolled in General Chemistry. One of our labs called for me to boil a large beaker of hydrochloric acid. For whatever reason, the instructions said to smell the acid once it came to a boil. Like a total goob, I leaned under our lab’s fume hood and took a giant whiff of the noxious vapors — you know, as opposed to wafting it toward my nose like I had been instructed to do about a million times.

I immediately felt my nasal passages burning with the heat of a thousand suns. Thinking quickly, I ran to the eye wash station and tried to angle my head so the jets of water would shoot up my nose. Once the burning stopped, however, I discovered that I had no sense of taste or smell. Continuing along my gooberlicious path, I didn’t bother to consult a doctor at that point, because I felt like an idiot admitting what I did. Thankfully, my senses returned to normal after a couple of weeks.

Not long after that, I changed my major to history.

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100 Facts in 100 Days: Fact 76

Posted on October 24, 2006

76. I bought my first CD in 1994: Tom Petty’s Wildflowers. I’ve always been a bit of a late adopter when it comes to new technology.

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100 Facts in 100 Days: Fact 75

Posted on October 20, 2006

75. I have a serious addiction to Wikipedia. I can literally spend hours at a time just clicking link after link (I believe we called this “surfing” back in the Web 1.0 days). My addiction has gotten so bad, in fact, that when I’m away from the computer, I make lists of things I want to look up and read about on Wikipedia when I get the chance.

I also make up little Wikipedia games to entertain myself. One of my favorites is finding entries — typically pop culture entries — that are way longer than they should be. For instance, did you know that President David Palmer from 24 has a longer Wikipedia entry than President James Garfield? Oh, and neither of their entries even come close to the entry on Autobot leader Optimus Prime.

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100 Facts in 100 Days: Fact 74

Posted on October 19, 2006

74. Should the need ever arise, I can faithfully reproduce the dance moves from the Brady Bunch’s “Keep on, keep on, keep on dancin’ all through the night!” routine. I also do a mean rendition of the “Greased Lightning” dance from Grease.

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100 Facts in 100 Days: Fact 73

Posted on October 18, 2006

73. I’ve only thrown one real punch in my life. It was tenth grade, and we were playing full-court basketball in PE. I had just stolen the ball and was dribbling down the court on a fast break. Just as I was about to make the easy layup, I was shoved hard from behind and sent skidding face-first across the court. Furious at what I considered a pretty flagrant foul for PE basketball, I stood up, turned around, and saw that the culprit was a guy named Larry — one of my (many) high school archenemies

To place things in context, Larry was 6′3″, weighed somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 pounds, and, at age 15, already had a criminal record.

Disregarding all that, I foolishly walked right up to him and threw a haymaker at his head with everything I had. Sadly, it didn’t even phase him. Larry then drew back his fist and returned the favor. He hit me so hard with that one punch that it knocked me down to my knees and slightly dislocated my jaw. Thankfully, my PE teacher broke up the “fight” at that point, sparing my life in the process. After that, I haven’t really felt like trying my luck at throwing a second punch.

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100 Facts in 100 Days: Fact 72

Posted on October 8, 2006

72. I’m probably the last person you want around during a zombie invasion, because the second you’re bitten — scratch that, the second I think you might have been bitten — I’m killing you. There’s not going to be any waiting around to see if you’re infected or pretending like we might find a cure in time. If you’re in close quarters combat with a horde of zombies and I can’t keep an eye on you the entire time, I’m just going to go ahead and assume you’re one of them now. You know what that means; welcome to Shotgunville, population you. And I’d expect you to return the favor.

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100 Facts in 100 Days: Fact 71

Posted on October 6, 2006

71. Over the past few years, I’ve limited myself to watching only two or three television shows per season to avoid becoming a complete TV addict. This season, I’ve committed myself to following Lost, Battlestar Galactica, 24, and syndicated reruns of Scrubs. Oh, and I’m watching Atlanta Falcons football (as long as they keep winning). I’d love to check out The Office or Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip or Heroes, but adding even one more show to my plate draws me that much closer to sitting around and watching crap like Two and a Half Men and Flavor of Love. Eek.

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100 Facts in 100 Days: Fact 70

Posted on October 4, 2006

70. I don’t like ’80s music — not in a retro way, not even in a kitschy way. I know that’s almost blasphemy for someone who grew up in the ’80s, but I don’t look back all that fondly on the music of my childhood. With nearly one thousand songs on my iPod, the only stuff from the ’80s is the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique, Paul Simon’s Graceland, and “Kiss” by Prince.

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100 Facts in 100 Days: Fact 69

Posted on October 3, 2006

69. I’ve always wished I was a better artist. As it stands, I have no artistic ability whatsoever. The only thing I can draw successfully is Batman’s bat symbol, and that’s only because I spent most of seventh grade practicing. To make matters worse, my two best friends growing up — JP and Andy, both of whom comment here at Apropos of Something from time to time — were outstanding artists. Andy and I even collaborated on a comic book when I was around middle school age. It starred a group of superheroes called the Cavaliers. Andy handled the art, and I handled the writing (such as it was). If only I still had a copy to scan and post here at the site…

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100 Facts in 100 Days: Fact 68

Posted on September 29, 2006

68. I have a slight phobia when it comes to parking garages. I attribute the fear to seeing far too many ambushes, kidnappings, and attempted vehicular homicides take place in parking garages through the years on television and in the movies. Now, every time I set foot inside a parking deck, I half expect a mysterious assailant to appear in a nondescript black sedan, roll down a tinted window, shoot me in the chest a couple of times, and then peel out.

[Ed. note -- I wrote this entry before I was hit by a car this morning. It turns out I should be afraid of crosswalks, not parking garages.]

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100 Facts in 100 Days: Fact 67

Posted on September 28, 2006

67. I don’t eat ketchup. It’s not that I don’t like the taste; I just haven’t found any foods yet that I think taste better with ketchup. Onion rings are a possible exception, but I still prefer them with honey mustard or ranch dressing.

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