Creepy Stuff You've Found While Snooping (on others and yourself)

Last week we had a record number of Happy Hour guests (82). One of these Fridays, we'll break into the triple digits.

1. One of the winners of our Admit Vice, Win Book contest was Amanda, who admitted her propensity to snoop:

"When people leave their e-mail up on the computer, I always look through it. I've even been regularly checking the e-mail of an ex-boyfriend from years ago who gave me his password. Leave me alone in your house? I will, without a doubt, snoop through your desk drawers, look into your bedroom (including under the bed, where the good stuff is), and see what you've tucked away at the back of the pantry."

Now we all know Amanda is not alone. First question: What's the most shocking thing you've found while snooping? (Snooping stories not limited to closets and medicine cabinets. Think email, Googling, NSA files, etc.)

2. Now let's talk about stalking yourself. What's the strangest thing (about you) that comes up in a Google search of your name?

busfield.jpg3. My wife found Amazon's list of their most-requested not-yet-released-on-DVD TV series. The list includes Batman, The Wonder Years, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. If I had to pick one, I'd vote for thirtysomething. I've never seen one episode, but I like Timothy Busfield, spent a good portion of this decade in advertising, and turn 30 in fifteen months. I'll add this to my 30th b-day wish list (expect a running feature in 2009). So, what not-yet-on-DVD TV series are you rooting for?

4. I grew up in Denville, New Jersey, which proudly calls itself "The Hub of Morris County." If Morris County resembled a wheel (it doesn't), Denville would be sort of near the center. As New Jersey town slogans go, I guess it's not terrible. Cranford is "The Venice of New Jersey." Franklin is the "Fluorescent Mineral Capital of the World." The "Dandelion Capital of the World"? Vineland, of course.

What's your town's slogan? If it's really amusing and printed on signs, we might need to see a picture. (You can always send random photos to

5. We're launching a new column very soon. It'll be similar to 'Feel Art Again,' but focused on famous novels and plays. The first installment covers Macbeth and is all kinds of fascinating. Problem is, this column needs a name. Any suggestions? If we use your idea, we'll send you a t-shirt.

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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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