1. I once ate so many carrots that I turned orange. I was either in elementary or intermediate school, and for some reason I didn't like eating anything else. I still love carrots, but I'm much more careful with them now...
2. I stopped growing taller when I was about eleven; my feet stopped growing when I was around seven.
3. My grandfather was both saved, and killed, by a lit cigarette. (And no, I don't mean from cancer. The first incident involved a sniper, and the second involved high explosives.)
4. My other grandfather helped design the insulation for the space capsule which carried the first chimps into space; I have a piece of the prototype in my closet. They called it a "space sandwich", according to the plate on it.
5. I live in a town which was part of the filming for Born of the Forth of July. I moved from where they filmed Places in the Heart, after moving from where they shot Pure Country, after moving from a town which became a Lifetime movie of the week.
6. I have gone to 3 universities, and never attended a single class. (MIT, Tulane, and ORU, if you're interested.)
7. My French teacher was a survivor of the Warsaw ghetto and incarceration in a concentration camp.
8. While I don't consciously remember much French, I do occasionally dream in French.
9. My original major in college was Genetic Engineering.
10. I, at various times, attended school in a toga, a death shroud and cowl, and a headpiece made to look like a Christmas tree, with a wrapped box for a skirt.
And, a bonus one:
- 11. The city in which I attended school was the proud owner of the first failed attempts at solar power on an elementary school, as well as a high school.
- It was the last "officially" integrated school district in the country - not a point of pride, but ironic when you consider that it was the home town of John Howard Griffin, the author of Black Like Me.
- Until it was razed to make way for a new high school, the city had the world's oldest, continual indoor rodeo.
- Anyone who cares to Google any of that information will discover that the aforementioned "movie of the week" dealt with a headline-grabbing homicide... one of the murderers was the checker at our grocery store; the victim was in my church youth group.