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Creepy Stuff You've Found While Snooping (on others and yourself)

Jason English

Last week we had a record number of Happy Hour guests (82). One of these Fridays, we'll break into the triple digits.

1. One of the winners of our Admit Vice, Win Book contest was Amanda, who admitted her propensity to snoop:

"When people leave their e-mail up on the computer, I always look through it. I've even been regularly checking the e-mail of an ex-boyfriend from years ago who gave me his password. Leave me alone in your house? I will, without a doubt, snoop through your desk drawers, look into your bedroom (including under the bed, where the good stuff is), and see what you've tucked away at the back of the pantry."

Now we all know Amanda is not alone. First question: What's the most shocking thing you've found while snooping? (Snooping stories not limited to closets and medicine cabinets. Think email, Googling, NSA files, etc.)

2. Now let's talk about stalking yourself. What's the strangest thing (about you) that comes up in a Google search of your name?

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4. I grew up in Denville, New Jersey, which proudly calls itself "The Hub of Morris County." If Morris County resembled a wheel (it doesn't), Denville would be sort of near the center. As New Jersey town slogans go, I guess it's not terrible. Cranford is "The Venice of New Jersey." Franklin is the "Fluorescent Mineral Capital of the World." The "Dandelion Capital of the World"? Vineland, of course.

What's your town's slogan? If it's really amusing and printed on signs, we might need to see a picture. (You can always send random photos to

5. We're launching a new column very soon. It'll be similar to 'Feel Art Again,' but focused on famous novels and plays. The first installment covers Macbeth and is all kinds of fascinating. Problem is, this column needs a name. Any suggestions? If we use your idea, we'll send you a t-shirt.

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