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What's the Strangest Thing That Scares Your Dog?

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Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. I'm traveling today, so I've lazily reposted some of the year's most popular questions (based on the number of comments they received). Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. Very casual. On to this week's topics of discussion...

1. Our dog Bailey's fears seem fairly rational: thunder, lightning, the vacuum cleaner. But we discovered a new one last weekend. The process of putting batteries in the Wii remote just terrifies her. I can't figure out why, exactly—I put batteries in other devices without incident, and the Wiimote itself does not interest or concern her. Our Ohio office dog Leo is completely freaked out by cameras. (A few minutes ago, I tried to sneak a shot of him playing in the snow; I nearly paid dearly for it. I'll find a new hiding spot and try again later.) What's the most inexplicable thing your dog (or cat or pygmy hippopotamus) is afraid of?

2. By all indications—her general grasp of most issues, standardized test scores, the sheer number of books she's read, the valedictorian plaque in our storage closet—my wife is a brilliant woman. But the other day, she had to ask me how to spell "occasion."

"That's the one common word I can never spell," she said.

For me, it's humongous. (It just took me three tries.) What's that one word you can't spell?

danza3. Of all the paragraphs in all the emails I've received so far this year, this one's my favorite:


"Did I tell you that Tony Danza is our neighbor? He's filming a reality show at a local high school and moved into the apartment complex across the street. We occasionally see him at the local bowling alley and he once high-fived me while jogging along the Delaware River."


That came from occasional contributor Erica Palan, and it inspired today's first question. What's your weirdest celebrity sighting story? You can let "weird" describe the celebrity ("I played pick-up basketball with Screech & The Situation") or how you met them ("My robot dog bit Katie Couric.")

4. I can't remember ever walking out of a movie theater before the closing credits. Maybe I've blocked those bad movies out of my mind. Maybe I'm just cheap. What movies have you marched out of?

Have a great weekend!

[See all the previous Friday Happy Hour transcripts.]

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How To Make A Snow Globe Cocktail
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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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