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What's the Most Embarrassing Thing Your Parents Did to You?

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. Today's first question comes from regular reader Christi Larkins and is sure to bring back some bad memories: "What's the most embarrassing thing your parents have done to/in front of/around you?" (The things you remind them of at dinner ten years later.)

2. The other day another reader emailed me a great story idea. I recognized the name, and it turns out we went to elementary school together before he moved to Pittsburgh! (OK, I made that part up. But he did have the same name as someone I went to elementary school with before he moved to Pittsburgh, which is something.) Tell us about an old friendship you've rekindled with the help of the internet. But there has to be more to the story than "now we're Facebook friends."

3. Biolobri (another loyal reader) sent us a link to a story about Bill Gates and Warren Buffett's campaign to persuade billionaires to give away half their fortunes. Let's say you were put in charge of directing that money to charities, and in year one, you had $1 billion to give away. How would you spend it?
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Sorry for the late Happy Hour today. This morning I was chauffeuring my eight-months-pregnant wife, two-year-old daughter, and five-year-old Labrador to Grandma's house down the Jersey Shore. (No sign of The Situation's abs yet.) Thanks to everyone who sent in questions and made my job easy this week!

[See all the previous Friday Happy Hour transcripts.]