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Where's the fib?


Yay!  It's time to play Where's The Fib.

A big 'Thank you' to everyone who volunteered four facts and a fib about themselves for this competition.

Here's how it works:

I set out everyone's five statements about themselves in the form of a poll, all you have to do is pick the fib from each person's selection (I've set up the poll so that only I can see who voted for what, mind you, the folks who gave the four facts and a fib will have a slight advantage, since they'll get at least one question right). 

The winner will be the person who correctly identifies the most fibs from the various entries.  In the event of a tie, I'll come up with a way to break the deadlock (possibly involving pistols).

As if bragging rights and the sheer joy of taking part weren’t enough, I’m awarding a prize of a free PDF of my debut novel, Fur-Face (or if they've already bought a copy,
a Quake eBook of their choice), to both the winner of the contest AND the person whose list is voted the most interesting - see the last poll question.  In the case of a tie, we'll sort out the winner in a similar manner to the main contest, but this time possibly with wet haddocks.

That's about it, so feel free to get out your lie detectors and see if you can sort out the fact from the fiction.

CLOSING DATE FOR TAKING PART IS MONDAY, JULY 5 2010 (11:59 US/EASTERN)

Good luck to one and all (and apologies for the oversized entry - LJ-cut refuses to work for me)

WHERE'S THE FIB?

Poll #1585209 Can you find the fib amongst the facts?
This poll is closed.

JONGIBBS

I’ve had my nose broken six times.
7(28.0%)
I knew the individual letters, but I couldn’t recite the alphabet until I was eleven years old.
4(16.0%)
At the age of 16, I worked as a disc jockey in a pub/strip club.
3(12.0%)
I can trace my family name back to 1066, when one of my ancestors, Henry de Guibe, was given lands in England by William the Conqueror.
11(44.0%)
I met Senior Management at a wedding I was filming.
0(0.0%)

MSSTACY13

Shakira and I have the same IQ
2(8.3%)
I talked my state legislature into spending seven million dollars
0(0.0%)
I declined to accept the Pulitzer Prize because they had given one to Ernest Hemmingway
19(79.2%)
I am the only white person I know of to have attended an all-black elementary school (Well, technically, it wasn't all black while I attended)
0(0.0%)
Ethnically, I am a blend of English, Welsh, Scots, Irish, Pomeranian, Gypsy, Serbian and Jewish
3(12.5%)

BAGGYK

I've spent a night in jail.
3(12.0%)
I speak three languages badly and English quite well.
4(16.0%)
I was a virgin until I got married.
6(24.0%)
I was a published poet at 16 or 17.
4(16.0%)
I've hated peas since nursery school.
8(32.0%)

DARKSPIRES

I met the dh on a biology class field trip.
4(16.7%)
I am mildly dyslexic.
1(4.2%)
I won class year prize,(a book of my choice), in second grade for an essay about a slime green pond and chose to recieve Alice in Wonderland.
1(4.2%)
I have visited all Canadian Provinces except two, but none of the Territories.
5(20.8%)
I hate spiders.
13(54.2%)

TRACY_D74

I used to compete in Spanish poetry and drama competitions.
2(8.0%)
I met Janet Jackson in the Atlanta airport.
6(24.0%)
When I was a kid, I had a doll that moved around on its own.
7(28.0%)
I used to throw up if I drank orange juice by itself.
5(20.0%)
I drank my first beer when I was four.
5(20.0%)

MARYJDAL

My father was the seventh son of a seventh son.
5(20.0%)
The store I once worked at was robbed at gunpoint (rifle point) during a snow storm. I was the only one working at the time.
0(0.0%)
I had my spleen removed when I was fourteen.
3(12.0%)
When I was a child I was terrified of cameras and would never look into one when asked.
7(28.0%)
I was in a play in grade six which was written and directed by my now husband. The teacher cut the play short because of improper dialogue.
10(40.0%)

ZWEIPUNKTNULL

I was once misidentified as an exhibition piece in an art gallery.
4(16.0%)
Obama made me walk through a snow storm.
6(24.0%)
I live in the country where BMW's, Daimler's, Audi's and Porsche's are coming from, but I don't have a driving license.
3(12.0%)
My birth day, month and year are all prime numbers.
4(16.0%)
I finished a novel.
8(32.0%)

KAREN_W_NEWTON

I never wore a two-piece bathing suit because I have an embarrassing birthmark on my stomach.
5(21.7%)
I have written more novels than short stories (16 to 6).
3(13.0%)
I used to be the librarian for the Distilled Spirits Council of the US.
1(4.3%)
I have a 4-harness loom in my basement.
2(8.7%)
My mother was a hula girl.
12(52.2%)

CELESTIALGLDFISH

As a young girl, I wanted to be Popeye when I grew up.
2(8.7%)
My husband is a nuclear reactor operator.
8(34.8%)
I had cats named Horse and Adventure.
2(8.7%)
I'm known for my colorful fingernails.
7(30.4%)
My uncle was murdered on an episode of Magnum P.I.
4(17.4%)

DEBIKM

I could read before I started kindergarten.
0(0.0%)
The only type of animal I have NOT worked with in my job are aquatic animals.
5(20.8%)
I am (distantly) related to Henry VIII.
6(25.0%)
I didn't get married until I was 38.
6(25.0%)
I have the ICAO phonetic alphabet memorized.
7(29.2%)

ENEIT

I have held a human eye
1(4.2%)
I once made a pair of novelty breasts cake, complete with their own milk supply.
4(16.7%)
I forgot to organise music for my own wedding.
10(41.7%)
have won equestrian event ribbons as a child at local gymkhanas.
2(8.3%)
The first time I ever jumped obstacles on a horse was when the horse got spooked by kangaroo scent and cleared about 12 barb wire fences
7(29.2%)

PEACHETTE48

I danced with Hubert Humphrey at John Dean's lawyer's wedding.
8(33.3%)
I can recite the Greek alphabet backwards.
1(4.2%)
I had a genius IQ.
9(37.5%)
I can still play the tunes on the piano that I learned when I was seven.
3(12.5%)
I was a WAC.
3(12.5%)

GRAYROSE76

I studied well over 20 languages, living and dead.
1(4.2%)
I am color-blind.
1(4.2%)
People who eat my stuffed cabbage once are cursed to crave it for ever and ever.
4(16.7%)
I cannot drive, ride a bike, or swim, because something in my head is wired wrong.
3(12.5%)
My great-great-grandfather was taken out to the forest and staked as a vampire.
15(62.5%)

BOGWITCH64

I went to my senior prom, graduated, got married and had a baby all in the same year.
1(4.2%)
I told off Bozo (onstage!) for being mean to my starstruck brother.
2(8.3%)
I was a runner up in Little Miss America, 1969.
5(20.8%)
I went missing on Jones Beach (Long Island) for nearly an hour when I was two.
2(8.3%)
I used to babysit for Tara Reid.
14(58.3%)

MTLAWSON

I've been fired from a job
10(43.5%)
I've had my collarbone broken twice
2(8.7%)
I've been on a Parish Council
5(21.7%)
I'm published in a scientific journal
0(0.0%)
I once smuggled a gallon of hard liquor on a plane to an academic conference
6(26.1%)

MARY684

I used to be a magician's assistant and have been cut in half and made to disappear into thin air.
3(12.5%)
I once skied alongside John Kennedy Jr.
4(16.7%)
I have seen Elvis Presley in concert.
4(16.7%)
The FBI has interviewed me regarding a bank robbery.
3(12.5%)
My wedding announcement appeared in Variety.
10(41.7%)

LYSYTHE

I'm part of a Guinness World Record.
1(4.2%)
I broke my arm my first time parachuting.
9(37.5%)
A few centuries back in China, my family were important people.
3(12.5%)
I fell down a drain once.
5(20.8%)
I've been published once, but only when I was in primary school.
6(25.0%)

AUTHORWITHIN

I've eaten fried worms.
4(18.2%)
I got paid to read letters from Katherine Hepburn.
3(13.6%)
I discovered and held an original Picasso.
11(50.0%)
I met the sculptor of the Nurses Memorial (the monument in Arlington National Cemetery).
3(13.6%)
I sold my first bit of writing when I was sixteen.
1(4.5%)

SNAPES_ANGEL

I was hit by a car in 1963, which left me in a coma for 3 days and in a full-body cast for about a year.
2(8.3%)
I was bit in the eye by a friend's dog when I was nine. I did not lose the eye but the socket is still loose.
8(33.3%)
I am left-handed, predominantly, although I can write with both hands.
1(4.2%)
I finally learned to ride a two-wheeled bicycle, rather than one with training wheels, when I was sixteen.
6(25.0%)
I was never married, had no children. and do live in Manhattan.
7(29.2%)

Who's four facts and a fib did you find the most interesting?

MSSTACY13
1(8.3%)
BAGGYK
1(8.3%)
DARKSPIRES
0(0.0%)
TRACY_D74
1(8.3%)
MARYJDAL
5(41.7%)
ZWEIPUNKTNULL
1(8.3%)
KAREN_W_NEWTON
0(0.0%)
CELESTIALGLDFISH
2(16.7%)
DEBIKM
0(0.0%)
ENEIT
1(8.3%)

cont'd

PEACHETTE48
1(7.1%)
GRAYROSE76
2(14.3%)
BOGWITCH64
2(14.3%)
MTLAWSON
1(7.1%)
MARY684
3(21.4%)
LYSYTHE
0(0.0%)
AUTHORWITHIN
2(14.3%)
SNAPES_ANGEL
3(21.4%)



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Comments

( 24 comments — Leave a comment )
karen_w_newton
Jun. 28th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
That was fun, but boy, picking the most interesting was really difficult. You know such strange interesting people!
jongibbs
Jun. 28th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
lol, strange AND interesting :)
mtlawson
Jun. 28th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
Jon, you already voted, right? Jon? Jon?
jongibbs
Jun. 28th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
I voted, why?
mtlawson
Jun. 28th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
Well, I wasn't going to vote and give away my lie, now would I?
rose_lemberg
Jun. 28th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
you can lie ;)
mtlawson
Jun. 28th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
Nah, I just skipped it. Even if I lose because of that, I still want the mystery to remain, even to Jon.

At least until this is over. ;-)
jongibbs
Jun. 28th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
There was no need for secrecy, Mike. Even the person who creates an LJ poll can't see the results until either he/she votes in it or the poll is closed.
bogwitch64
Jun. 28th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
This is fun! We're going to get to find out which the fib is, right??
jongibbs
Jun. 28th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
When the poll closes, I plan to ask everyone to confirm their fib, then I'll post all the answers again, but with the fibs highlighted. You guys have some amazing facts (and fibs) :)
meredith_wood
Jun. 28th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
Since I don't know half the people on this poll it was fun! Thanks!
jongibbs
Jun. 28th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
Well, you know them a little better now :)
mary684
Jun. 28th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
Lots of creative people with VERY interesting lives - you sure there's only ONE fib amongst these??
jongibbs
Jun. 28th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
I'm sure there must be some great stories behind all those facts :)
tracy_d74
Jun. 28th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
Oh that was fun. You are going to share the fib, right? I want the skinny. And dude, you know a bunch of liars!
jongibbs
Jun. 28th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
I'll get everyone to share once the poll closes, I'm really looking forward to finding out what the fibs were :)
darkspires
Jun. 28th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
It is going to be fascinating to see which of us got busted and how badly. Of course, none of us might be getting busted, but therein lies the fun. And Jon, I hope you voted first, being as how you can see where the minor/major abberations from the truth are really placed.
jongibbs
Jun. 28th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
Lol, not to worry, Elizabeth, even the person who creates an LJ poll can't see the results until either he/she votes in it or the poll is closed :)
darkspires
Jun. 28th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
Oh good. This means it is going to be just as much fun for you as it is for us seeing who is lying through their teeth.
jongibbs
Jun. 29th, 2010 06:48 am (UTC)
It is fun, isn't it?

I think I might make this an annual event :)
authorwithin
Jun. 29th, 2010 01:09 pm (UTC)
This has been a blast!! I'm not sure I managed to guess any of the fibs (boy, it was tough!), but I sure had lots of fun trying. =D

Can't wait to find out which were the fibs (and reveal mine, of course). Hee hee hee

This is the most fun I've had in a long time. We simply must do this again sometime! ;-)
jongibbs
Jun. 29th, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
I agree :)
celestialgldfsh
Jun. 29th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
This was great fun. The facts alone are extraordinary and would make great stories.
jongibbs
Jun. 30th, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
You guys have had interesting lives :)
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