^DorianHarper did this, and there seems to be a bandwagon starting, so I'll jump on, too. Basically, I am going to list 25 facts about myself. The catch is that 5 are not true. It's up to you to figure out which ones. This is a game that is more about playing than winning. Everyone who participates, regardless if you get the answers right or wrong, will be entered into a drawing to win 100 points; there will be 2 winners (so a total of 200 points given).
Now, I have done a lot of those "10 fact" memes, so it was hard coming up with stuff I haven't talked about already. Some of these things will probably be obvious to my active watchers. Some not so much. Anyhow, anyone can enter to win, even if you know me well. Have fun.
1. When I was 16, I visited Portugal on a religion retreat.
Truth: I travelled there with a group of teenage girls led by a religious group to visit the site of the famous Fatima apparitions.
2. I am double jointed in my shoulders; if you handcuff my arms behind my back, I can bring them in front of me, over my head.
Truth: Yep. I learned of this when I was 8 years old and one of my father's friends handcuffed me behind-the-back as a joke. He was quite shocked when I pulled them back over my head. I thought it was normal, but soon learned most people can't do that. Several of my kids have inherited my double-jointedness.
3. I can speak three languages: English, Spanish, and Polish.
False: Though I am Polish, I can't speak it, nor can I speak Spanish (but I hope to learn to someday).
4. My father named me after a famous Beatles song.
Truth: Yep. I was named after the song "Michelle, my Belle." Actually, in that era, there were a lot of girls named after that song, as well as the main character of movie "Love Story," which was also popular during that time. Every year, my class had at least 1 other Michelle (usually more).
5. I went to grammar school with a girl who went on to be a famous comedian with her own television series.
Truth: Though she is not as well-known now, I went to school with Jenny McCarthy, who got her fame posing in Playboy and went on to be a big comedian on MTV and have her own t.v. series. She is best known for her advocacy for autism and for dating Jim Carey.
6. I taught myself to read at 4 years old, only watching Sesame Street.
Truth: Yep. And the funny thing is, my husband did the same thing!
7. I used to be a smoker, but quit when I became pregnant with my first child.
Truth: I smoked from my late teens to my early 20s (a bad habit I picked up from an ex-boyfriend). Not wanting to hurt my baby, I quit cold-turkey when I became pregnant and have never smoked again since.
8. My family was once offered to be featured on a reality show.
Truth: Yes. I was approached by a producer who wanted to feature my family on a reality show. Due to the fact that I have a severely autistic son who I felt would not handle such a life-disruption well, I declined. That said, I have a friend who was featured on a reality show about large-families (not the Duggars, though...LOL).
9. My favorite movie of all time is "Stand by Me."
False: Nope. Truth is, I have never seen the movie all the way through, even though I use it is a heavy-inspiration for the childhood friendship of my Relativity characters. My favorite movie happens to be "The Shawshank Redemption."
10. When I was 19, I was in a terrible car accident and still have physical problems from it to this day.
Truth: I was making a left-hand turn and a driver sped up to make a yellow light and hit me head-on. My car was totalled and I was brought by an ambulance to the hospital. My face was cut and bruised and I had to wear a neck-brace for several weeks. I still have back problems from it to this day.
11. In grammar school, I wrote an essay on rain-forests for a National Geographic contest and won 3rd place in my division.
False: No, I didn't. But the cool thing is, my sister did. It was awesome going to a fancy hotel in downtown Chicago to see her receive the award and hear her read it to an audience.
12. The idea for the whole Relativity series came from a fan-fic I was writing about Ironman.
Truth: I was surprised how many people thought this was false, as I think I've talked about it before. After I saw the first Iron Man movie, I was so taken by RDJ's portrayal that it inspired me to write a fan-fic featuring him and Dark Flame. I should note, the story was not really something that was Iron Man specific--any superpowered male hero could have been involved. But it got me thinking in a whole new direction for my character. I loved it so much I decided it would be the vehicle to finally pull Dark Flame into her own universe, as I originally intended for her. So, I came up with the idea of Resin/Tony Toronto, who was the childhood friend of Michael Bruce, along with Andy Lewis, and thus the series was born. (And, yes, someday that story will appear in Relativity; I already have it written.)
13. When I was a teen, I was a major Star Wars fangirl and spent years writing a novel that would be the continuation of the series, after "Return of the Jedi."
Truth: Big-time truth. I loved Star Wars so much, I saw RotJ over 50 times in the theater (those were the days when they let you sit through 2-3 showings at a time)! I was working on a 3-book continuation of the series for several years. Unfortunately, when the Star Wars continuation books started coming out, I realized my stories would never see the light of day, so I abandoned the project.
14. I have 10 children.
Truth: I honestly cannot believe how many people don't know this about me. LOL! Though some people might have been put-off by the exact number: I have 10 children, 9 living (my second child died a few days after birth). I thought my daughter, Violet (6), was our last. What a surprise to find myself pregnant again 5 years later, AFTER I had my tubes tied! My baby will be 1 year old in 2 weeks. Note: if you guessed this one wrong thinking I have 9 kids, go ahead and give yourself a point, because this really was a trick question.
15. I have a phobia of rabbits.
False: I think most everyone guessed this one right. Nope. I actually love the fuzzy-tailed critters and have had a few as pets over the years, including a litter of wild baby bunnies we raised and released after their mother abandoned them.
16. I am married to another deviant and we received seniority on the same day.
Truth: Had to throw in an easy one. This past January, I received seniority on this account (I already had it on my `Mirz123 account) on the same day that my husband, `Ravenswd, received his tick. I am not sure if another husband/wife team have ever had that happen, but it was pretty special.
17. I once owned a theater company and we produced original plays in downtown Chicago and the suburbs of the city.
Truth: My oldest friend from grammar school (we went to kindergarten together) was heavily involved in community theater and we decided to form our own company in order to produce original works. Our first play was performed at a theater in downtown Chicago and we pulled in a $100 profit (which is unheard of for a new company). We went on to produce a half dozen more plays before we finally closed the company once I became pregnant and started a family. Trivia: I only performed in one of the plays as an actor, and was told I could NOT act, so I stayed behind the scenes the rest of the time.
18. I suffer from graphic nightmares that have haunted me since I was a baby.
Truth: Yes. I can vividly remember nightmares I had at 1 and 2 years old, and I am regularly woken by terrible "bad dreams" to this day--which followers of my Twitter account will attest to!
19. For years I ran a popular website that was featured in several major newspapers and on CNN.com.
Truth: I ran a website for parents of large families, that at one time had over 250,000 unique visitors every month. It had already been around a few years, but when the "Cheaper by the Dozen" movies came out, large-families came into vogue and the website got a ton of attention. Considered an "expert" because of the site, I was interviewed dozens of times and was featured in many articles, including one in the Chicago Sun-Times and on CNN.com. The site was very popular for many years before life issues (and death threats) forced me to take a step back from administration. It is still open and has an active forum community, but content-wise it is no longer updated.
20. I come from a family of restauranteurs and I have dreamed of opening my own restaurant.
Truth: Yep. My grandparents owned a family-style restaurant for many years and my parents lived in an apartment behind it; I spent much of my early years in the back booth, soaking up the atmosphere. My dad then went on to open two restaurant/nightclubs which I worked at. Me and all of my siblings have worked in the restaurant industry since then. I would love to open a restaurant someday featuring an eclectic menu of comfort foods.
21. I once won $10,000 in a lottery.
False: Nope, I wish. Though I was part of a class-action lawsuit a few years ago and ended up getting several thousand dollars from a settlement (which was quickly spent on bills...LOL).
22. I was in my early 20s when I first lost my virginity.
Truth: `Ravenswd chided me on this one, saying it was too personal, but I wanted to share it. I waited and I don't regret it. While I do believe that people have a right to make their own decisions regarding intimacy, I feel I am proof that you don't have to rush into bed with someone, and that you *will not* die if you don't have sex when you are still a teen.
23. My first love was a guy I dated on-and-off for years and once told me his mother had died to get me to go back out with him after we broke up.
Truth: Yep. He was my bad-boy love and we went back and forth so many times. After one break-up, I was 100% convinced I would never go back to him. Then he told me his mother died, and I softened up and took him back. Several months later, I learned from a friend that his mom was still alive. Needless to say, I am so glad I finally got rid of that guy.
24. I can type 100+ words a minute.
Truth: I have been a secretary for over 20 years. I will admit, I don't always type that fast, but when I am in the zone, I can type 100+ easily. It is one of the reasons I am able to keep up with my dA messages as I can quickly type replies.
25. When I was in my early 20s, I had a medical emergency and have been told by top specialists that it's a miracle I'm alive.
Truth: When I was pregnant with my second child, my appendix ruptured and I waited nearly 12 hours for surgery (the nurse would not believe me when I said it had ruptured and told me to suck-it-up painwise). I was so septic once I got out of surgery, the CDC was called in--seriously. Unfortunately, the trauma caused me to go into pre-term labor a day later and my baby only lived a few days afterwards. People told me that I was lucky to be alive, but I kinda just blew it off, until I ended up seeing a medical specialist years later--he was one of the best in the country--and he told me, point blank, I should be dead. Pretty crazy stuff.
So, how did you score?
The winners of the 100 points, according to Random.org, are...
#10 and #5 - ~psychotara and ~wintermcy
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