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Fun Time Open Thread: 10 Questions

If you’ve ever seen Inside the Actors Studio, you have probably thought about your answers to these questions. If you have never seen ITAS, the host, James Lipton, interviews actors for his student audience, and at the end of every interview, he asks everyone the same 10 questions based on the Proust Questionnaire. I know every time I watched, I only half listened to the actor’s responses because I was busy formulating my own answers – you know, for when I am famous and someone wants to interview me on TV. 
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  1. What is your favorite word?
  2. What is your least favorite word?
  3. What turns you on?
  4. What turns you off?
  5. What sound or noise do you love?
  6. What sound or noise do you hate?
  7. What is your favorite curse word?
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
  9. What profession would you not like to do?
  10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

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To give you an idea of the magic of ITAS, this is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen on television:

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  1. What is your favorite word? – In English, “soothe” or “heal”, perhaps. 大丈夫? in Japanese. I also like words like “mortified” or “bleak”, because they don’t have good matches in my own language.
  2. What is your least favorite word? – Probably something like “Christian values”, when it’s being used to divide and judge and do harm. Anything that gets used to justify prejudice and discrimination, really.
  3. What turns you on? – Skin contact with someone I’m attracted to. Of course I’ve got some porn preferences, but I’m not telling.
  4. What turns you off? – Rudeness, bigotry, inconsiderateness (is that a word?), narrow-mindedness, loudness…
  5. What sound or noise do you love? – Tiny, intimate sounds of making out in a quiet place.
  6. What sound or noise do you hate? – People can have really unpleasant laughters. Sounds of pain and fear.
  7. What is your favorite curse word? – Possibly “paskanmarjat”, something like “shitberries” in Finnish. I think Finnish is a great, fun language to swear in. Russian is good too, but can sort of lean towards too ominous for me.
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? – Uuugh, idk. Assistant tour manager for a fun band?
  9. What profession would you not like to do? – Prison guard. Slaughterhouse worker.
  10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? – “I know, I know – it’s okay,” and then hand me my kitty for cuddles.

I’m annoyed.

An acquaintance I ran into at a social event recently, who doesn’t really know me at all, but who’s apparently still got a thing for me because of something I did in the distant past, tried to talk me into appearing at an event she’s organizing. Now, in theory, speaking invitations are a good thing. But it would take doing some actual work in preparation, which I’ve got more than enough to do as it is, it’s way out of town (an overnight stay), and my comfort zone – attention from this person makes me mildly uncomfortable and I barely know any of the other people who will be there, and I generally don’t like to hang out and drink with strangers. All in all, I think I’d spend the entire time there cringing and wishing to leave. I wouldn’t be able to leave on my own terms either.

So when she brought this up, I dismissively said I might think about it, just to be polite, and said I don’t have a topic I’d be prepared to talk about. I CERTAINLY DIDN’T SAY YES. It is out of line to list me as a presenter.

  1. What is your favorite word? obsequious
  2. What is your least favorite word? piffle
  3. What turns you on? a quick tongue (oh! two meanings!)
  4. What turns you off? dependence/clingy-ness
  5. What sound or noise do you love? frying bacon
  6. What sound or noise do you hate? the particular metal-on-metal crunch of a car accident
  7. What is your favorite curse word? doucheweasel
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I want to own a bakery/bookstore
  9. What profession would you not like to do? standup comedian
  10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “Oh fine. Come along.”

This video is amazing.

  1. What is your favorite word? Toaster. And I’ll vote for cunt here, in the interests of reclaiming. If bitches get stuff done, cunts run empires.
  2. What is your least favorite word? Dongle.
  3. What turns you on? Curly hair.
  4. What turns you off? Total lack of self awareness.
  5. What sound or noise do you love? Coffee grinding.
  6. What sound or noise do you hate? Whining.
  7. What is your favorite curse word? Cuntrag.
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Women’s health counselor.
  9. What profession would you not like to do? Prison guard.
  10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “Well, you were wrong, weren’t you?”
  1. What is your favorite word? pulchritudinous, verisimilitude, etc.–pretty much any multi-syllabic SAT word
  2. What is your least favorite word? Another vote for “cunt”
  3. What turns you on? I’ve forgotten
  4. What turns you off? Not having had sex in a year
  5. What sound or noise do you love? Jumping on the “purr” bandwagon
  6. What sound or noise do you hate? Pretty much any loud/cacophonous noise, particularly kids acting up in public and too-loud music in a store
  7. What is your favorite curse word? Fuck
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Hairstylist/hairdresser
  9. What profession would you not like to do? Anything dealing with the mass public. Ever. Again.
  10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “Your mother was right, but it’s okay that you were skeptical; I made you that way. Come on through–your grandpa’s waiting right over there with some coffee.”

Question for those of you out there who play RPGs (the pencil + paper ones, D&D, that kind of thing). I’ve been invited to play with a group of people who I know through other interests, and it sounds like fun, but I have never ever played before and these people all have. Worth going or am I going to be frustrated and them annoyed? If a total n00b was invited to join your group, how would you react?

If the group knew you were a total beginner and still invited you, then they should be fine with you being a total beginner. Everyone had to have their first time sometime. It’s been a while since a beginner joined my group, but we are always happy to have someone who is interested and reasonably willing to meet to play on a regular basis. Do you know what game they run? Maybe you could ask the person running the game to lend you the rule book for a day or two before hand so that you could look them over first?

Also, it’s worth knowing that you don’t need to memorize every rule ever to play the game. Once you learn the basic roll mechanics (what dice you roll when) you can pretty much bumble on and look up the rules for anything complex as you go. When I play spell casting characters, for instance, I typically just write down the page number of the spell description so that I can look up the rules for exactly what a spell does when I need it (alternately I sometimes xerox the page). It’s kind of a joke in rp circles that no one fights on horseback because no one wants to look up the rules for mounted combat.

Comic that illustrates my point.

  • What is your favorite word? Saudade. Though it’s one of those words that don’t have a real English equivalent, I like the sentiment of it.
  • What is your least favorite word? misogyny. Both for it’s meaning and the fact that I can never say it correctly the first time.
  • What turns you on? Intelligence, confidence, a really great laugh.
  • What turns you off? Assholery in general. Arrogance when there’s no basis for it.
  • What sound or noise do you love? Wind chimes and rain.
  • What sound or noise do you hate? my alarm going off in the morning.
  • What is your favorite curse word? Bullshit said with an emphasis on both syllables.
  • What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Any kind of visual artist, especially drawing or painting.
  • What profession would you not like to do? If I never have to work retail again, I will be a happy person.
  • If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “Oh you’re here! So go on in. Your Memaw is singing back up for Johnny Cash in a few minutes and your Granny is waiting for you in the audience with coffee and cigarettes.”
  1. What is your favorite word? today it is ‘magniloquent’ – totally tickled by it right now
  2. What is your least favorite word? cancer
  3. What turns you on? joy
  4. What turns you off? whining
  5. What sound or noise do you love? purring
  6. What sound or noise do you hate? alarm clocks
  7. What is your favorite curse word? i try to give them all a good workout
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? i’d like to work in claymation
  9. What profession would you not like to do? i do not think i have it in me to be a teacher – more power to people who can
  10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “Right this way. We’ve got season two of Firefly queued up over here.”
  • What is your favorite word? Can’t think of one- possible candidates were illumination, tempered (as in steel or chocolate), and vendetta
  • What is your least favorite word? Literally, when used incorrectly
  • What turns you on? Intelligence, nice butts
  • What turns you off? Being obnoxious, being mean to waiters
  • What sound or noise do you love? Tornado sirens
  • What sound or noise do you hate? Whistling
  • What is your favorite curse word? Fuck- fun to do, fun to say!
  • What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Architect, carpenter, or chef
  • What profession would you not like to do? Sewage treatment plant operator (I took a tour of one for class, and what has been smelled can never be unsmelled)
  • If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “I don’t care that you didn’t think I existed, good people are always welcome here.”
  1. What is your favorite word? mine
  2. What is your least favorite word? no
  3. What turns you on? kisses on the neck
  4. What turns you off? potty words
  5. What sound or noise do you love? baby snores
  6. What sound or noise do you hate? high pitch electrical whine
  7. What is your favorite curse word? damn
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? flight attendant or geologist
  9. What profession would you not like to do? receptionist
  10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? welcome home
  1. What is your favorite word? Story
  2. What is your least favorite word? trash
  3. What turns you on? Closeness and laughter
  4. What turns you off? Presumption
  5. What sound or noise do you love? Pages turning, bacon sizzling
  6. What sound or noise do you hate? Anyone crying
  7. What is your favorite curse word? Hell
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I’m still working on being a librarian but storyteller.
  9. What profession would you not like to do? Anything that keeps me away from people.
  10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Tell me your story.
  • What is your favorite word? I can’t think of one!
  • What is your least favorite word? Ergonomic
  • What turns you on? Intelligence and shared jokes. Porn works too.
  • What turns you off? Mansplaining.
  • What sound or noise do you love? My kid’s nerdy giggle
  • What sound or noise do you hate? Car alarms and any constant background hum, like the exhaust fan over the stove.
  • What is your favorite curse word? Fuck.
  • What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I wish I knew.
  • What profession would you not like to do? Working in one of those plants where they sort trash between recyclables and not recycleable.
  • If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “No hard feelings that you didn’t believe I was real.”
  • What is your favorite word? Oblier, the French verb for forget. It doesn’t matter how you conjugate it it is still funny sounding.
  • What is your least favorite word? Chaps. Because people so often stick “assless” in front of it, and God damnit chaps never have an ass. Not ever. Department of Redundancy Department.
  • What turns you on? Snuggling
  • What turns you off? Mental pressure.
  • What sound or noise do you love? Thunder
  • What sound or noise do you hate? People talking on the phone
  • What is your favorite curse word? Shit. I have tried to extract it from my vocabulary and failed.
  • What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? art preservationist
  • What profession would you not like to do? Doctor, I have a very low threshold for gross stuff
  • If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “You done good kid.”

What is your favorite word? It’s a tie between riboflavin and velociraptor
What is your least favorite word?
What turns you on? talk nerdy to me!
What turns you off? hatefulness
What sound or noise do you love?
What sound or noise do you hate? the weird squishy noise that animals make when grooming, which is very similar to the sound of lips smacking. Hate to the point that it makes me really anxious and I have to remove myself from the room when that happens.
What is your favorite curse word? fuck
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I would like to be a working artist
What profession would you not like to do? Waitress. I’ve done it before and I am not cut out for that aspect of working in service.
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Here is your margarita!

Your response to “hated noise” makes me laugh because my sister and I discuss that very thing! We call it “chop-licking” or “chop-smacking” (about the mouth). Her dog does it often–he’ll clean himself and is very chop-smacky afterwards, and it grosses her out so much. My two cats are very licky (as cats are) and I hear smacking and licking all the time; I’ve become immune to it after 14 years of cat-ownership (my cat now and her “younger brother”), and we grew up with a cat.

Ooh–fun time!  I love these questions!

1. pulchritudinous

2. moist

3.  dark-haired guys with British accents (Clive Owen!)

4.  creepy guys who leer at you and have no sense of boundaries

5.  cats purring

6.  air horns

7.  fuck, as in, “Fuck you, you fucking fucker.”

8.  being a historian or a librarian

9.  miner, because it’s all dark when they go underground

10.  “What are you doing here?  This place sucks!  The sinners and atheists are much more fun.  Go to hell.”

  1. What is your favorite word? scrumptious
  2. What is your least favorite word? c*nt
  3. What turns you on? butts
  4. What turns you off? socks
  5. What sound or noise do you love? waves
  6. What sound or noise do you hate? Styrofoam screeching, or anything being sharpened/filed
  7. What is your favorite curse word? fuck a bitch, which I know is a phrase, but whateves…
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? wine taster
  9. What profession would you not like to do? bar bathroom cleaner
  10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “what’s with all this crap you’ve been talking about me not existing??”

What is your favorite word? Omphaloskepsis – Contemplation of one’s belly button
What is your least favorite word? Cunt – it just comes with so much baggage. Maybe we can appropriate it?
What turns you on? Brains! Not in the zombie-sense, of course.
What turns you off? Ass-hattery
What sound or noise do you love? The non-quiet when you reach the end of a good hike. All of the human sounds are gone, but you hear the wind, water, and birds.
What sound or noise do you hate? Cat-calls.
What is your favorite curse word? Shit. Almost entirely due to the way Helen Mirren said it in Prime Suspect.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Archaeology or paleontology
What profession would you not like to do? Sales
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Congratulations! I am entirely a cultural construct! Here, have a fat-free frozen yogurt. To the believers he says, “Congratulations! I exist because of you! Have a fat-free frozen yogurt!”

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