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Fifty Original Questions meme

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As with the past couple of weeks, I’m completing question memes that I’ve previously saved in Evernote. Dave2 did this one in May 2014, and it’s originally from Liz From The Internet.

  1. When you have a container of Neapolitan ice cream, what flavor do you leave for last? I try to eat them all at once, but vanilla is my least favourite.
  2. Would you rather be caught in a thunderstorm without an umbrella or a snowstorm without boots? I’ve never been in a proper snowstorm, and I never use an umbrella anyway. I tend to wear a decent waterproof coat, and my rucksack has a waterproof cover.
  3. Let’s say you have access to a time machine, but it can only go either backward or forward. One or the other. Which do you choose and where do you go? I think it would be nice to go back to visit myself when I was 15, and let younger me know that, whilst life may not turn out quite how you expected it would, you’ll still be happy. Also, how awesome smartphones are compared with 1999 technology.
  4. If you could choose to have any superpower ever, what would you pick? If I had to choose one: the ability to fly. It would save me so much time going from A to B.
  5. Tomorrow morning, you wake up in the body of a celebrity, like in a ’90s body-swap movie. Who is it?  How do they react to your life? What do you do when you’re “them”? Would you choose to switch back? Uhm… Jennifer Lawrence? Perhaps she’d enjoy spending time doing whatever common people do. I think it’d be nice for a day, but I’d miss my family and friends. Still, would be good if I got to go a glitzy event and see other famous people.
  6. Any allergies? Hayfever. Pollen season has just started and don’t I know it. I’m also intolerant to lactose and reckon I have issues with gluten as well.
  7. What would you be more embarrassed to buy: sex toys or adult diapers? Adult nappies. Sex toys shouldn’t be anything to be embarrassed about, but then neither should incontinence.
  8. Did you get enough sleep last night? HAHAHAHA no. Having a toddler means that I never get enough sleep.
  9. You’re the sole witness to a Mafia murder. Witness protection has to set you up with a whole new life in a totally new country. You have to leave everything behind, but you can pick where you move to. Where do you go? Canada. Justin Trudeau is so dreamy, I can handle the languages and they have decent healthcare.
  10. If you could star in a biopic about any famous person ever, who would it be? Nikola Tesla. I think there’s a lot more that we could learn about him.
  11. What’s the biggest animal you’ve ever killed? Bugs count. A mouse.
  12. Would you rather have millions of dollars but always feel nauseous when you go outside, or be dirt poor forever but never get sick again in your life? I think I’d rather be dirt poor than to never be able to go outside again.
  13. A wizard offers you immortality in exchange for your two front teeth. Do you take it? That depends on the nature of the immortality. If I remain fit and healthy forever, then sure. But if I just get older and older for an infinite amount of time, then no.
  14. Could you win the Hunger Games? No. I’m not a fast runner and I’m not great on outdoor survival.
  15. What was your favourite Halloween costume as a kid? How about as a teen/adult? I was never big on dressing up as a kid. The one time I dressed up for Hallowe’en as an adult was as Twoflower from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.
  16. Do you bite your nails? No. But I do let them get quite long.
  17. What was the first movie you remember seeing in the cinema? I think the Lady and the Tramp got re-released in the UK in the 1980s, and I vaguely remember watching it at York’s then-new Warner Village cinema (now Vue).
  18. Do you prefer music with male or female vocalists? Generally female, although I really like some male vocalists like Dan from Bastille.
  19. You and the love of your life are having a baby, and you get to choose the name! There’s only one catch: your partner INSISTS that it be the name of a place, real or fictional. What do you name your baby? Adelaide, perhaps? Would be inspired by Calamity Jane I guess.
  20. If you could reboot or remake any movie, what would it be and who would you cast? A modern remake of Spaceballs could be good, with Chris Pratt as Lonestar. I mean, it probably wouldn’t be much different but would have better special effects. If we’re going to gender flip it, as per 2016’s Ghostbusters reboot, then maybe Amy Schumer in the lead role.
  21. If you could automatically know how to speak any language or play any instrument, which would you choose? Being able to speak Arabic would probably make my life a little easier at work. And it would be good to be able to play the piano.
  22. For you, would getting amnesia be a good thing? No. I’d probably lose a lot of happy memories.
  23. If you curse loudly and then realise that there are children nearby, what is your reaction? Apologise and then feel guilty and spend the next hour or so over-analysing.
  24. Of what animal are you most afraid? Aggressive dogs.
  25. Pizza or oral sex? Pizza.
  26. Without looking them up, can you explain the rules of football? How about Quidditch? What do you think that says about you? If by football we mean soccer, then yes, apart from the offside rule. For American Football, nope, barely a clue. Quidditch? I get the basics. What does that say about me? That I’m not into sport, I guess.
  27. You’re in the car, switching channels on the radio when you hear a song that makes you go “OH SHIT, THAT’S MY JAM!” What song is it? ‘What Have You Done?’ by Within Temptation… but I can almost guarantee that I’d never hear it on the radio.
  28. Have you ever paid to see a Step Up movie? If not, how much would someone have to pay YOU to see a Step Up movie? No, and £30.
  29. If you were being executed tonight, what would you choose for your last meal? A really thick, juicy burger with chilli.
  30. Have you ever bought an item of clothing because it reminded you of something a fictional character would wear? No.
  31. If you were invisible for a day, what would you do? Sneak into a friend’s house and subtly move their belongings around.
  32. Have you ever been punched in the face? Not that I can remember. I’ve never been the sort to get into fights.
  33. How do you take your ramen noodles? I’m not so keen on them, but have them at Wagamama on occasion, in soup.
  34. Do you ever rehearse or plan conversations before you actually have them? Yes… and they rarely go how I expect.
  35. How much black do you wear on a regular basis (not counting funerals)? I usually wear something black every day, but rarely a whole outfit.
  36. Do you have any tattoos? Do you want any? No, and no. I’m too indecisive.
  37. If someone offered you a free pet snake, would you take it? It’s not dangerous or really big or anything. They’re just moving to a place that doesn’t allow pets. Right now, no, because I don’t think we’d be able to look after it. Maybe when Lizzie and any potential siblings are older.
  38. Do you know how to pronounce the word “pinochle”? It’s not a word I’ve come across before, so no.
  39. Can you think of anything more boring than birdwatching? Sitting through meetings where the topics don’t really concern you.
  40. Are you better with numbers or words? I’m not great at remembering long strings of numbers, so I’d say I’m better with words.
  41. At the movies, do you stay for the credits? I usually check What’s After The Credits? to see if it’s worthwhile. If so, yes.
  42. Is morality universal or relative? Relative – depends on the situation and culture.
  43. Let’s say you’re getting married to someone you absolutely adore. The only catch is that you met them through a Craigslist hookup ad that was supposed to be just for one night of casual sex. Would you tell your friends how you and your fiancé met? Yes. Whilst it didn’t apply in my case, several friends are now married to partners that they met in similar circumstances.
  44. What’s the worst name you’ve ever been called? ‘Turnip’ and ‘Sticky fingers’ have been nicknames that I’ve been called in the past.
  45. Would you eat human flesh if it had been harvested and prepared humanely? (Say, from someone brain-dead who had marked him or herself down as an organ donor – same difference, right?) No, because I’d rather that organ could be implanted into someone who needed it, or used for medical research.
  46. At what age did you stop believing in Santa?  Alternately, if you never believed in Santa, did you ever ruin Santa for anyone else? Sometime before I turned 10. And I don’t think I ruined it for anyone.
  47. Do you get along better with old people or little kids? At present, I get on better with older people, but as I have my own little kid this may change in time.
  48. If you had to choose, would you rather become a nun/monk or a drug dealer? Monk, though neither is at all appealing.
  49. What’s your best bodily feature, objectively speaking? I’ve had a number of positive comments about my posterior.
  50. Who is your favourite late night talk show host? Late night talk shows aren’t really a thing here, and I don’t watch those that are broadcast (Graham Norton etc.). I watch very little TV on the whole.

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