Mental Floss

Stuff You Did as a Baby (That You Still Do Today)

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. On to this week's topics of discussion...

1. You can answer this one about yourself or, if you've reproduced, your kid(s). Is there a personality trait or hobby you displayed or expressed an affinity for early in life that was eerily prescient? Simple example: you loved playing with blocks and now you're an architect. But hopefully we'll get some stranger ones. (You once locked yourself in the washing machine and now you own a laundromat chain!)

2. Let's play armchair political historian. Think back to the 1984 election (Reagan over Mondale), 1996 election (Clinton over Dole), and 2004 election (Bush over Kerry). Was there a different candidate you think could have knocked off the incumbent president? Who should the opposition have run instead?

3. I once stole four months of exercise. I joined a gym and, more by chance than any lobbying on my part, a lot of my friends and relatives decided to join, too. One of the managers joked that I should get a free lifetime membership for bringing in so much new business. Then they stopped sending me bills. (I didn't ask any questions.) Four months later, I got an angry letter saying I owed lots of back membership fees. Did you ever steal something without knowing it? Did you get caught?

4. Have you ever named your car? What'd you call it? (Him? Her?)

Have a great weekend!

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