Thursday, October 16, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

1. What is the allure of Facebook? I started setting up a page but I don't get the point of it. The thing won't let me see anyone else's page even if I'm signed in, I guess because I'm not their "friend". But I'd like to look first to see if I want to be their "friend". What is the point here?

2. Why does David Letterman wear white socks and slippers with a $1,000 suit?

3. Why is it that when I am not dressed up and I just run into the grocery store for a single item, I see 10 people I know, all of whom want to stop and chat?

4. How many licks DOES it take to get to the Tootsie Roll Center of a Tootsie Pop? I remember licking one and counting when I was a child but I don't recall the number.

5. How lucky is it for the four-leaf clover if you find it and pick it?

6. Same goes for the rabbit... how lucky is that rabbit if you've cut off its foot?

7. If Trix are for kids, are Frosted Flakes for grown ups?

8. If banks are receiving billions to shore them up, will that money eventually be loaned out to citizens? Is this another part of the trickle down economic theory?

9. If you are a vendor and you see a rat in your establishment and you don't set a trap or put your food up out of the way, or at least report it to somebody, how is that the building owner's fault? Don't you as a businessperson have a little responsibility for ensuring the safety of what you feed the public?

10. If you are a multi-million dollar retirement community and you can't pay your bills, how is handing everything over to another company going to fix anything or reassure the residents that they aren't going to end up in the street?

11. If you wear blue all the time, does that make it your favorite color by default?

12. Why are little Styrofoam pieces called peanuts? And why does my vitamin company ship me a tiny little bottle in a too-large box full of the things?

13. Why do some people always feel the need to question everything?

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; you can learn more about it here. My other Thursday Thirteens are here.


  1. These are perfect additions for the next "Imponderables" book! I may come back later today when my brain has engaged to see if I can do better answering them :-) To answer your question about my rocks...they're millions and millions of years old. I don't recall exactly...but then, what's a few million one way or the other!

  2. Excellent (and very funny) Thursday Thirteen! And Amen on Number 3. It never fails that when I look like something the cat dragged in, I will see countless people that I know at the grocery. Or when I am in a big hurry, I'll meet up with the most chatty and talkative ones. :-)

  3. I laughed at the David Letterman one because I've always wondered about it but had never formulated it into such a question.

    I agree about Facebook. It is NOT user friendly and I never understand if I'm writing on my wall or theirs. I don't know about the Tootsie Pop because I always bite it open before it's time.

    #7 grownups with dandruff!

  4. Good questions! I love #12. Consumer Reports always puts companies that over package in a special spot on the inside back cover of their magazine. It's a hoot to see these tiny items in huge packaging. I can't count the number of toy companies that do that to parents like me. Tiny toys and big Fort Knox like packages. Ugh!

  5. OK, I'll try answering a few:

    #5. Luckier than being mowed down by a lawnmower or eaten by a cow. At least if someone picks the clover, it's likely the clover will be pressed inside a book and thus preserved for posterity.

    #11. Some people might be wearing blue because it's the color of a required uniform, not because they chose it.

    #13. Why not?

  6. I tried Facebook because both of my daughters are on it... I found it confusing and ended up with a virus on my computer that I then had to spend $80 on to locate and eradicate.... not worth the time when you can just send the person a regular e-mail that serves the same purpose.


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