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Friday Happy Hour: November Buffet, II

People seemed to enjoy last week's buffet of assorted questions. Let's set that up again.

1) I realize this first topic is dangerously close to David Israel's always enjoyable Weekend Word Wrap. But I think lovers of language will still find time to contribute to both. (And haters of language should eat this up.)

Someone recently asked me if mental_floss had a vlog. Actually, he said, "Are you guys vlogging yet?" I shook my head while plotting an exit strategy. "No?" he scoffed in condescension. "You have to be vlogging if you want to be relevant."

Like many, many others, I'm not a fan of the word "vlog." Rather than debate its merits or suggest alternatives, answer me this: what single word do you most hate?

2) If we started mental_floss university* and asked you to teach a class based on your knowledge and experience, what would you call it?

3) Were you homeschooled? Do you know anyone who was? Did those students thrive in this environment? Were they hampered by it? (We're looking for specific experiences. Anyone who says, "You're a bad parent if you don't homeschool your kids" or "All homeschooled kids are social outcasts" will be asked to sit in the corner.)

4) Name a book you haven't read but want to.

5) Name a place you didn't want to go but loved.

planetsmoothie2.jpg6) I spent the first half of Wednesday working from the Planet Smoothie Cafe in Roxbury, New Jersey, 25 miles from home. This would seem an odd place to conduct business. But I'm a vocal supporter of Planet Smoothie, having lived beside one in Atlanta, and the wireless was fast and free. So my question is this: What's the strangest place you go to concentrate?

*We are not starting mental_floss university. We're not even vlogging.

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What Shows Up When You Google Yourself?
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On Fridays we ask a bunch of unrelated questions. Your answers help get us through the afternoon. On to this week's topics...

1. What's the strangest thing someone could learn about you by Googling your name? And has anyone who shares your name done anything remarkable? There's a Jason English who's almost exactly my age. He allegedly bit someone's ear off and flushed it down the toilet. It will be tough to rise above that in the search rankings.

2. What's something you regret quitting?

3. If you could change one rule in any board game, what would it be? (If you have a specific house rule you think the world should adopt, let us hear it.)

4. Do the kids celebrate Mischief Night/Devil's Eve in your neighborhood? What's the worst incident you remember?

5. Got a question for the group? Ask away. Have a great weekend and happy Halloween!

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