These Are Little Known Facts

You know how in those dumb little “getting to know you” games (oh, how I loathe those), they always ask you to share some random fact about yourself?

I am lousy at thinking up those kinds of things. Ask me a question about Gilmore Girls or about the most recent book I’ve read or what I like to cook or where to eat in Austin, and I’ll talk your ear right off. Ask me to share a random fact with you and prepare for a long and awkward silence.

Today, I decided on the one I’ll use for the foreseeable future until I come up with something better:

When I write my name (“Janssen,” for any of you who need catching up), I never ever ever put the top bar on the “J.” It’s always just the one single line. Whenever I see my name written with a J with a top bar, I do a little double-take; it almost doesn’t look like my name.

What is your excellently random fact?

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  • Reply Packrat February 18, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Can’t think of one single thing. The word to type in today is redbeado. Too funny.

  • Reply RA February 18, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I have a slew of these facts waiting in the wings because I was a freshman mentor in college for two years, and then I worked at a summer camp for two summers. That means A LOT of icebreaker games.

    The one I use most frequently is that I used to be a gymnast as a child, and I was training for the Sydney Olympics. It becomes more impressive as gymnastics gets harder and I get older.

  • Reply Lacie & Ryan February 18, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Hmmmm…… toughie, I guess mine would be I chew gum when I’m anxious about something- if I feel stressed or eager about something I need to chew gum- it doesn’t bode well for job interviews though…

  • Reply Nina G February 18, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Mine is always that I rode in a golf cart with President and Sister Monson. Of course, you can use this one too.

  • Reply heidikins February 18, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I never sign my name in capital letters….ever.


  • Reply craftyashley February 18, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I have tons of random facts just waiting in the wings! Like this one:
    I genuinely don’t know how old I am when I’m asked. I can give you an age range, but it takes me a while to remember the exact number of years.

  • Reply Rhiannon February 18, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Oh, dear. I have NO IDEA. Except this: my first name has 8 letters, my middle also has 8, and if I marry Bill ever, my last name will have 11. Holy Long Name, Batman!

  • Reply cupcake February 18, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Random: I always check the certificates in elevators if I take them.

    As far as names go, I always use all my initials in emails but never sign anything with my middle name, even though it’s on all the official paper work. I don’t like it. I can’t wait to trade it.

    I rarely write Js with a top either. They look weird. It seems very formal.

  • Reply Science Teacher Mommy February 18, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    I hate egss, unless they are baked into cakes and cookies of course.

    I was born with two teeth which I didn’t lose until I was the very last child in the first grade to lose any teeth. My mom said it was funny to watch people try and guess my age when I was a baby–at two months I had a head full of hair and teeth.

    I bungee jumped head first off a 170 foot crane when I was a junior in high school. No mat.

    I guess I’m full of these–too many getting to know you games in college too.

  • Reply La Di Dah February 18, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    I know how you feel! I always have the hardest time coming up with a random fact or any sort of special talent.. I do have a word though, for when you have to participate in the whole “say a word that starts with the letter of your first name” game… Loquacious Laura.. I’ve used that one a ton 🙂

  • Reply Ralphie February 18, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Yet another reason why we are such dear friends.

    My last name never gets a top bar either. It might be that I just have horrible handwriting and a bar would only draw more attention to my sloppiness.

  • Reply kelly February 18, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    My last name gets no top bar, either. Also, admittedly, I spent months practicing how to write my last name because I’d never had to write capital “J”s on a regular basis before I got married.

    But my random fact is…

    I’m missing one of my front teeth. I have the top two front teeth, but the second of my bottom two front teeth never grew in. But thanks to the miseries of 6 years in orthodontist chairs, you can’t even tell 🙂

  • Reply janet February 18, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    I never cross my J’s either! I did as a kid, but wonder what on earth I was thinking??! I looks so weird now!

  • Reply emily kate February 18, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    I love that. It’s perfect. I hate those getting to know you games too!! They’re the worst!

  • Reply Melissa February 18, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    I have all types of stored random facts. My friends and I just completed 25 random things on facebook. Coming up with 25 was difficult.

    One of mine is I have no children, but own two pets. One I adopted, the other adopted me.

  • Reply Melanie February 18, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Usually I don’t like weird body tricks and trivia, but mine is too good not to share. I have a scar (about 2 inches long) on the back of my calf from when I got cut by a car exhaust pipe in 5th grade. Part of the scar is blue; I don’t know why. I never look at it because it grosses me out.

  • Reply Sherry February 19, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Well, for Two Truths and Lie, I alwaysALWAYS go with:

    1. I have had the chicken pox four times.

    2. I was once in the hospital for nearly a month.

    3. I’ve had arthritis since I was 12.

    I like that they’re all health-related. The first one is the lie, by the way. I’ve only had chicken pox three times.

  • Reply BrittWilk February 19, 2009 at 2:23 am

    my random fact is that our dream school isn’t terribly dreamy… but it does come with in-state tuition, cheap housing and closer to my family. these things make it dreamy to us. any guesses?

  • Reply Marie February 19, 2009 at 4:30 am

    I like to eat bananas and cheese – together. Don’t knock it till you try it.

    I count – everything. My fingers are constantly strumming and I’m counting to “5” over and over in my head. Drives Bryan nuts. Talk about an OCD

    I love the smell of bleach.

    I hate to breath carbon dioxide. Bryan better breath away from me during make out sessions. 🙂

  • Reply Brianna Soloski February 19, 2009 at 6:56 am

    Butterflies taste with their feet.

  • Reply La Petite Chic February 19, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    That’s so interesting! I just did the 25 interesting things about me meme and it was hard to come up with all of those random facts! Here’s another: My favorite cheese is smoke gouda. YUM!

  • Reply Becca February 19, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    hahahahaha – come to think of it, whenever I write “Johnson” I do the same thing. Can I steal your random fact? 🙂

    Oh, and I never capitalize becca when I sign letters

  • Reply Kaitlyn February 20, 2009 at 2:36 am

    I think of mayonnaise as “White Death” and I can’t figure out why.

  • Reply Lisa February 21, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    I’ve had the same keyring since I got my first car 16 years ago.

    My middle name is Star, no, really.

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