I believe that everyone is strange to some extent, in their own way, but we don’t let others in on it. Here is a list of some of my quirks. I’m curious as to which ones apply to you.
1. When someone says something funny, everyone laughs and then moves on. Meanwhile, I can’t help but keep thinking about the funny thing and continue to giggle (sometimes for hours). I’ve gotten in trouble in class several times for it.
2. I do not like artwork depicting people. Likewise, I do my best to avoid having people show up in my photos.
3. When it comes to chips and crackers, I prefer to eat the small, broken pieces first.
4. I can’t appreciate most poetry, with the exception of Robert Frost.
5. When I see people running because they’re in a hurry (and not for exercise), I silently cheer Go! Go! Go! for them in my head.
6. I have little interest in fiction. I tend to only read non-fiction, and when it comes to films, I prefer documentaries.
7. When I was in first grade, I decided to memorize the license plates of both my parents’ cars, because I thought it would be good to know. No one told me to do it.
8. I do not want my stuffed animals to face me while I’m changing clothes. Although I know that they really can’t see, the presence of eyes makes me feel watched. (Thankfully, they reside in another room now.) Edit for clarification: It’s not so much because I feel uncomfortable being watched, but more that I want my stuffed animals to retain their innocence.
9. When I’m indoors and hear someone outside sneeze, I am tempted to shout “bless you!” out the window.
10. I lose my appetite when I see dirt. I can’t eat while on hikes and picnics.
11. When I hear jazz, depending on how it sounds, I either laugh or become irritated. (I’ve tried, but I can’t appreciate jazz.)
12. I don’t regularly wear jewelry, but I enjoy making it. To me, jewelry is more of an art form than an accessory. I appreciate it for its beauty, intricacy, and the technical skill involved in creating it.
13. I regularly talk to a certain stuffed animal, even though I know he really can’t hear me or respond.
14. I tend to think certain inanimate objects have thoughts and feelings, even though rationally, I know they don’t. That’s why it can be hard for me to discard items. I often feel sorry for objects lying at the side of the road, and I don’t like it when people destroy stuff for “entertainment.”
15. I often notice the things that most people overlook. I have easily found tiny objects, such as contact lenses and earring backs, on the floor. Edit: On the flip side, I completely miss things that are large and obvious to other people.
Did any of these strike you as weird or not weird? Which of these apply to you, if any?