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Weird (?) Habits

  1. Mar 26, 2005 #1

    Danger

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    Anybody else have any habits or rituals that have a logical basis, but appear really screwy to other people? For instance, I always give the second piece of toast a half-turn before buttering. It goes back 45 years. My family could only afford day-old bread at the bakery, and often it was a bit squished. To make a sandwich, I had to turn one piece around so the shape matched. It makes no sense now, but I can't shake the habit.
    I have to leave for a few hours. I expect to see at least 10 pages of responses when I return. (I know that Evo and Hypatia are good for 2 pages each.)
     
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  3. Mar 26, 2005 #2
    Hahaha, I turn the bread too, when I make grilled cheese. And I can not break the habit, even when the bread is perfectly even. I guess I just hate it when the cheese hangs off on one edge and gets metled on to the grille, so I always have to turn. I also put the butter in the microwave for about 20 seconds and then slice it up with a knife to make it nice and smooth.
     
  4. Mar 26, 2005 #3

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    I'm really not understanding this one. How does turning the bread make it line up better? Even on squished bread, wouldn't it be easiest just to use two adjacent slices from the loaf?
     
  5. Mar 26, 2005 #4

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    Probably some theorem from discrete mathematics, I suppose..
     
  6. Mar 26, 2005 #5

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    :rofl: Could be. :tongue2:
     
  7. Mar 26, 2005 #6

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    If you have proper bread then it makes perfect sense.
     
  8. Mar 26, 2005 #7
    I don't eat the last bite of a sandwich. I always drive with my window opened just a crack. I put both shoes on, and then tie them, verses one at a time.
     
  9. Mar 26, 2005 #8

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    How? Every bread I've ever had or made has a flat bottom side and a rounded top side. How does turning one slice halfway make it so the flat side lines up with the rounded side better than the flat side lines up with the flat side and the rounded side with the rounded side?
     
  10. Mar 26, 2005 #9
    No you are misunderstanding, or maybe I am. I flip a piece of bread over. ie, if the bread looked like this /-/ it would then look like this \-\
     
  11. Mar 26, 2005 #10
    when i have chips and dip, i eat all the small crumbs first so that i can dip them in the container while the dip is still near the top. Then i save all the whole chips for the end for when i have too scrape the container.

    Also when i eat mashed potatoes, i always make a little hole in the center and pour the gravy in. Then i eat around the hole and just dip a little into the gravy as i go. I make sure not to spill any gravy on my plate, and as the gravy lessens, i can eat the walls of the hole, then eventually eat the bottom of the hole which has just the right amount of gravy left. In a family of 6, there was never enough gravy, so i had to make sure i'd have enough to last till my last bite.

    Another thing i used to do was balance water bottles on my head and walk so i could keep good posture. I started doing it when i sat at my computer and now, my roommate laughs everytime she walks through the door, cause i almost never surf the web unless i have a bottle on my head.
     
  12. Mar 26, 2005 #11

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    :confused: I can't believe we're arguing over proper alignment of slices of bread, but I guess neither of us has much of a life. :biggrin:

    So, if I understand your diagram right, you're talking about squished bread where the sides are tilted on an angle, right? So your bread looks more like a parallelogram without any right angles? Sort of? If I understood right this far, how does taking two slices out of the bag, that look like this /-/ and flipping one over to look like this \-\ give you a properly aligned sandwich? Doesn't that give you a sandwich that looks like this X-X instead of this /-/? Doesn't it make the most sense just to keep the bread oriented the same way it was in the bag, so that the sides that were facing each other stay facing each other instead of flipping one over?

    Well, except sometimes when I toast bread and it comes out somewhat bowed in the middle...convex if you will. Then I keep the convex sides on the outside so I can fit more in the middle of the bread.

    Am I missing something?
     
  13. Mar 26, 2005 #12

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    I always eat the parts of food that I like least first and then leave the best for last.

    I will eat the broken pieces of chips, nuts or crackers first, but I have no logic behind it.
     
  14. Mar 26, 2005 #13

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    What's weird about this?
    I always eat my broccolis and carrots first, then my steak..
     
  15. Mar 26, 2005 #14

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    I do that with cake. If it has good frosting, I'll eat all the cake and leave the frosting, then eat the frosting last, especially if it's homemade chocolate buttercream frosting. :approve:
     
  16. Mar 26, 2005 #15

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    Everyone I know eats what they like first, after all these years of thinking I was weird, you mean it's "ok". :smile:

    I don't like real sweet stuff, so I will eat the cake and leave the frosting. I scrape the hideous white gunk off of oreos into the trash and only eat the cookie. The only way I will eat something like a twinky or other cream filled horror is to gut the cream out, leaving only the cake part.
     
  17. Mar 26, 2005 #16

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    Or, we could be just a little ANAL!!! :biggrin:

    That's okay, I'm just as bad. I might have mentioned this once...but the question of proper bathroom etiquette is worthy of consideration; especially if we're talking about parties, meetings, family gatherings and other events. Should one spray before or after washing one's hands? If you spray first, then you risk contaminating the spray can for the next person. If you wash first, the last person may have been less considerate. I finally decided that the solution is to always use only one hand for personal duties, and keep the other hand untouched for spraying; then wash. QED. :biggrin:

    The funny thing is, I was making fun of myself a bit and told my sister about this. It turns out that she has often thought about this! :rofl:

    Also, in public bathrooms, I never touch anything if I can help it. I use a paper towel. When I traveled a lot, the airport bathroom scene could get pretty ugly in places like NY, Boston, Chicago, and the other big cities. There is just too much traffic to keep them clean. :yuck:
     
  18. Mar 26, 2005 #17
    That sounds a little OCD ish Ivan.

    MB I am talking about grilled cheese sandwiches, which you have to put button on one side. So, if you were to leave the bread alone and butter the bread as it came out, you would end up having to flip it. Maybe I should make a video or something to show you what I am talking about. 1 second, gonna whip out a picture
     
  19. Mar 26, 2005 #18

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    That's the net effect. If you just took them both out and buttered them, then aligning them as they were in the bag will put the butter on the outside of one of them. :approve:
     
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  21. Mar 26, 2005 #20

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    Of course it's okay! Moreover, it's logical. Save the best for last. Why would you scrub away the taste of a good steak with brocolli? (Then again, why would you have broccoli at all?)

    You have my address, right? Feel free to send any unused icing. :biggrin:

    Where's your other page and a half? You and Hypatia are not participating a prolifically as I'd expected. I counted on you to set a bad example for others. :grumpy: :wink:
     
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