This morning I was going to put up a satirical “clickbait” post along the lines of PuffHo’s self-important “Six things you need to know this morning.” (By the way, why do they always give lists with numbers, like “25 cats who sleep in weird positions” or “eight ways for seniors to improve their sex lives”? Are lists automatic clickbait?)
My post was going to be this: “Six things you need to know about Professor Ceiling Cat (Emeritus) this morning”, giving quirks about me that readers might not know. But I decided that would be solipsistic—if not salacious—so I thought instead I’ve just give one of them, and then ask readers to contribute one of their own.
When I debated John Haught at the University of Kentucky, the speakers and students in the Honors Program all had dinner with faculty and the University provost before the talks. As an icebreaker, we went around the table, with each person revealing one interesting or odd thing about themself. I will reveal here the one I gave then, but readers should then reveal one of their own. What odd thing is there about you: can you do weird things with your eyes or joints, did you have any bizarre encounters, or do you have any unusual talents or skills? Have you consorted with anybody famous? Here’s mine:
I can play recognizable tunes on my skull by pounding on the top of my head with my right fist and
opening my mouth various widths to produce different notes. I call this my “cranial drum.”
Your turn: what odd thing about you would intrigue our readers?