Mental Floss

Friday Happy Hour: I Have a (Recurring) Dream

Jason English

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. Very casual. On to this week's topics of discussion...

1. I've been having some bizarre dreams of late. Michael Jackson, alive and well and dancing, explaining to me why he'd never want to own an expansion NFL franchise. An elderly woman, small and pushy, trying to cut me in line at the supermarket. My dog, loud and whiny, deciding she needs to go for a walk at 3:44am (wait, that last one was real).

But for years, not being able to find my shoes has been a common theme in my dreams. Sometimes I'm at work, barefoot. Other times, my lack of proper footwear keeps me on the sidelines during an important sporting event—in these dreams, I'm occasionally involved in high-stakes high school football reunion games or pick-up basketball scrimmages with celebrities and historical figures. Those guys are brutal if you don't bring your shoes.

These dreams aren't exactly the stuff of blockbusters, and until three seconds ago, I'd never done any research on what they might mean (if you don't consider Googling "dream interpretation shoes" and clicking on one link research, the streak continues). Here's what I found: "If your forget your shoes, then it suggests that you are leaving restraints behind you. You are refusing to conform to some idea or attitude."

I'm not buying it. I think I'm just craving a shoe tree. Do you have any weird recurring dreams?

2. A reader suggested this next question in a comment, but I can't remember what post she was commenting on, and I'm not entirely sure I have the right reader.

Let's give it a whirl anyway: what movie that everyone else seemed to love did you really not care for? (I believe this was posed by Michigan Mom.)

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4. ...but then again, maybe you can top it. What's the best (or worst) groomsman or bridesmaid gift you've received?

[Dream bubble image courtesy of Monument Park image courtesy of PVSBond.]