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Weigh In - What Would People Be Surprised To Know About You?
08/26/2009 - By Teja Anderson
Perhaps you have a hidden talent, a secret past...
Perhaps you have a hidden talent, a secret past, or an unusual profession? Are you addicted to a certain TV show or have a crush on someone famous? Living In Colts Neck headed off to find out just what your friends and others would be surprised to find out about you.
It turns out that quite a few of you don’t have anything to hide – your friends know everything there is to know about you either because you are very verbal or because you just don’t feel that anything you do is out of character. But it seems the rest of you are quite a talented and unusual bunch.
Let’s start with body parts. We saw a tongue to rival that of Gene Simons of KISS; several super bendable arms, fingers, and legs; hands that fit into mouths; and feet that wrapped around a neck! Very impressive… but only one of you would let us photograph your flexibility. Many of you professed to be excellent cooks, dancers, and singers, but sadly you have been keeping those talents hidden from everyone except your close family members. Several people were in unusual or unexpected careers. We met an organic chemist, a young mom who worked for ESPN, and a former sponsored BMX rider who now moonlights as a waiter. Guys and women surprised us as well; we met a gun dealer who looked like a model and a marathon runner who got a rifle for her 14th birthday! Sarah Palin would certainly be pleased! A couple of you shyly admitted to crushes on the Jonas Brothers, and even going to their concerts. A bigger surprise was that more than one trendy young woman was hooked on the Discovery Channel’s show, “The Deadliest Catch”…and they themselves didn’t even fish.
Hands down our favorite answer was from a fast-walking woman who said, “I’m 81 years old, I’m still kicking, and I still drink Tequila!” And she barely stopped long enough to let us get her photo. We never got to find out if she drinks it in a margarita or straight up with lime and salt! Cheers!
I can solve the Rubik’s Cube in about 3 minutes.
I’m afraid of spiders!
I’m great with little kids. I have a lot of patience with them.
I’m a pretty good singer.
I speak Greek, Spanish, Portuguese, and a little English. That’s because I lived and worked for 2 years in each [of those] countries.
I make my own homemade tomato sauce, even though we live right next to an Italian restaurant.
I make the best red velvet vegan cupcakes in the world, and someday I am going to open a vegan bakery!
I’ve been here in this country for 25 years and I still don’t have email and haven’t learned to use the computer. I just got a cell phone, but I don’t know how to use it either.
I can put both feet in my mouth. Really! Want to see? You can’t take my photo though.
I watch and am totally addicted to “Deadliest Catch” on the Discovery Channel.
I had posters of Andy Gibb and Parker Stevenson all over my walls when I was a teen. I wanted to marry one of them!
I used to be a Greek God in another life…Poseidon, King of the Sea!
Some find it strange that I am covered in tattoos...well at least everything covered by my shirt and pants.
I have never told anyone this, to date, and I know it would surprise them, but I was a Playboy Playmate® and have lived at the Playboy mansion (on and off) throughout various times in my life.
I am obsessed with the Jonas Brothers; especially the youngest one – Nick!
I was first flutist in junior high and high school. I still have my flute and can still play a little...sort of!
I’m in the Rock Band “Electric Popcorn,” and I play the drums.
When I was little, all the kids used to call me Spiderman…and they still do!
-J. R. Thomas
I’m in the Rock Band “Electric Popcorn,” and I sing.
Very few people know this, but I was once at a private party for a movie premiere, and I danced with Dustin Hoffman, for about a half an hour. What a nice guy!
I’m in the Rock Band “Electric Popcorn,” and I play the guitar.
The fact that I am an extremely religious person is something that is very surprising to some people. They don’t know because I do not push my agenda onto others, and my beliefs are mine alone.
- Sharon Burke
I speak four languages: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and English.
I have a really long tongue!
I was a sponsored BMX rider for 5 years!
I am an organic chemist.
I got a rifle for my 14th birthday!
I’m a great Mahjong player.
I’m a really good cook, and I’m going to college for business.
I was a licensed real estate broker for many years.
Some of the stuff I did when I was in the Army…overseas.
People would be surprised to hear about that. I can’t tell you what I did. I’m a pretty quiet guy now.
Nothing... there's nothing that is a surprise about me. Does that surprise you?
I have five kids. People are always surprised about that.
I take terrible photos. I always blink.
I’m 82 years old and I wish I could still drink tequila and everything else, but not with all these medications I’m on!
I’m 81 years old, I’m still kicking, and I still drink tequila!
I had three open-heart surgeries before the age of one.
I had slot machines in my house before they had them in Atlantic City. I have some that are over 100 years old…vintage games and slot machines.
I spent some time in jail.
I think that most people are surprised when I tell them I have acquired an MD (physician), RPh (pharmacist), and I also have my PhD in Social Work.
I’ve been a Cardinals fan since 1947…that’s over 62 years!
I actually hate babies. I don’t even think puppies are cute. I don’t see the big deal, honestly. They drool, they cry, gross things come out of them…
I work at ESPN sports network.
I have really bad body odor. I have to use prescription deodorant to keep it somewhat under control.
Once I lived in Australia for a few years, and I was a designer for Yves Saint Laurent Men’s.
(No picture) Some find it strange that I am covered in tattoos...well at least everything covered by my shirt and pants.
I was first flutist in junior high and high school. I still have my flute and can still play a little...sort of!
I just had twin great-grandchildren! I don’t look old enough for that…do I?
I have traveled to over 75% of [all] the countries in the world!
I went to school for engineering, and that’s where it turned out that I met my husband.
I am double jointed!
- Weston Gasparini
I’m a die hard liberal – born and bred at the Jersey Shore.
I am one-half Cuban!
I watch Fox News all day!
I went to a Jonas Brothers concert recently.
I actually have a life! No…I can do the Fire & Flame on Hyper-Speed Five, on Expert for Guitar Hero.
I just filed for a divorce after 36 years of marriage!
- J. J.
The fact that I got my helicopter pilot’s license at the mere age of 16, and I have not put my feet on the ground since.
I like to watch “Deadliest Catch.” I really love that show.
I have been a vegetarian for over 20 years. That just blows people’s minds.
I think most find that I am an Iron-Man (Woman) competitor. I have won a few as well.
I have lived here at Pier Village for over a year and I still haven’t gone to the beach.
I actually like and listen to some of the rap music out there.
I once went out on a date with Frank Sinatra, Jr.!
I always wanted to be a Radio City Music Hall Rockette. Then once I actually got to dance on stage with them through my company.
I was in “juvy” 15 years ago for a crime I did commit!
I’m awesome at setting up camping tents…even in the dark.
Cheese gives me cramps.
I was born with the name April Klutz.
I have always wanted to be a baker, ever since I was like 4 years old!
I am terrified of iguanas!
I am really very kind at times.
I am a really good cook.
Well…I play the viola.
I got nothing.
I am a really good ping pong player.
I’m not a good singer and I don’t like sports.
I played in a rock band a while back. My hair was a lot longer then, and I was a little thinner.
I carry a gun. Not right now, but when I go out.
There is absolutely nothing surprising about me. I am an open book.
-A. C. C.
Twenty years ago, in 1989, I ran the Boston Marathon; and I weighed the same then [in tip-top shape] as I do now!
I had to have my stomach pumped once. That was pretty bad. No one knows about it except my mom. Even my dad doesn’t know.
I am addicted to fashion. I watch a lot of HGTV. I really want to be an interior decorator!
I want to be famous. I want to be an announcer on the Today Show. That sounds lame…right?
I have an annoying habit of biting my toenails. I never told anyone this so please do not put my name or photo in the magazine.
I have a dog that has been featured in commercials and print ads.
Nothing about me is a surprise to people. Everyone knows everything there is to know about me. I am very outspoken. I’m a Leo…that’s how we are.
I can put my whole fist in my mouth; that’s gross though. Let me think of something else… Okay, you can write that, but don’t put my name. You can’t take my picture either.
I would go as far out of my way to help a person as I could…if they are my friend.
I’m really shy. I know I don’t look it, but I really am.
I am pretty good at tennis.
I am double jointed. Watch what I can do with my arms!
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