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Where's the fib?

My apologies, everyone.  It's been a crazy week and I'm way behind on everything.  

I had a lot of fun playing Where's the fib? last month.  As you may recall, I invited volunteers to offer up four facts and a fib about themselves, then held a poll to see if folks could spot guess which were which.  Judging from some of the facts I saw, it's fair to say that you guys have led some crazy lives!

Congratulations to Mary Daley (aka maryjdal) whose four facts and a fib were voted the most interesting.  She wins a copy of my ebook Fur-Face or a Quake ebook of her choice

Now it's time to seperate the fibs from the fiction.  If you were one of those who gave me poll questions, please post a comment revealing which of your five 'facts' actually wasn't.  When I've got everyone's fibs, I'll figure out who also won the free copy of Fur-Face (or a Quake ebook of their choice if he/she's already got that one). 

As for my own 'Four facts and a fib,' here's what I said:

I've had my nose broken six times.   FACT

I knew the individual letters, but I couldn’t recite the alphabet until I was eleven years old.  FACT

At the age of 16, I worked as a disc jockey in a pub/strip club.  FACT

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.  FIB

I met Senior Management at a wedding I was filming.  FACT

Nearly half of those who voted saw through my bare-faced lie.  In fact, it's Senior Management who can trace her family name back to this event.

I'm looking forward to seeing if I managed to spot any of my friends' fibs.  This really was loads of fun.  We'll definitely do it again sometime.


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Jul. 10th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
I was very much flattered to notice that a few people
believe I have received a Pulitzer prize.
That was the fib.
Jul. 10th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
a few people don't know how intelligent Shakira really is,
or that there actually is such a place as Pomerania.
(no subject) - jongibbs - Jul. 10th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 10th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
Most people saw through me. I am NOT afraid of spiders. That is the fib. Everything else is true
Jul. 10th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
You might not be afraid of spiders, but the big ones scare the heck out of me :(
(no subject) - darkspires - Jul. 10th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 10th, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
This was so much fun! Here are my answers:

I've eaten fried worms. FACT

I got paid to read letters from Katherine Hepburn. FACT

I discovered and held an original Picasso. FACT (It was a pottery piece, not a painting)

I met the sculptor of the Nurses Memorial (the monument in Arlington National Cemetery). FIB (I was hired by her estate to work as an archivist and did so for two years. She was alive when I started working, but passed before I got the chance to meet her.)

I sold my first bit of writing when I was sixteen. FACT

And there you have it!

I can't wait to see what all the other fibs are!

The only problem is, I can't remember what I voted for on some of them . . .

Edited at 2010-07-10 06:23 pm (UTC)
Jul. 11th, 2010 10:35 am (UTC)
Thanks, Joan. Sadly, you can't change the 'view results' option once you've set up a poll. Which answers were you unsure about?
Jul. 10th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
Yay! Thank you, Jon. I am looking forward to reading Fur-Face. I enjoyed the first chapter.
My fib was - my father was the seventh son of a seventh son. - He is the seventh son, but he would tell us when we were children that he was the seventh son of a seventh son - later I found out this was not true. My grandfather had more sisters than brothers. :)
Jul. 11th, 2010 10:44 am (UTC)
Congrats, Mary I hope you enjoy it :)

PS: I sent you a seperate message about where I should send the PDF.
Jul. 10th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
lol, I have computer issues for a few days, and missed out on the poll. I do recall, however, saying in my initial comment which was your fib, so am pleased to see I was right. I've mentioned that I like being right before haven't I *g*

However, a quick look at your link to the poll answers reveals that only two people correctly guessed my fib, I have never won ribbons in an equestrian event. Everything else, including forgetting to organise the music at my own wedding, and holding a human eye (car accident outside my cousin's house when I was a child, and I dutifully handed the eye that had landed at my feet to the nearest grown up, fortunately that grown up happened to be one of the ambulance officers, I think my mother would have had kittens if I'd tried to hand it to her.)
Jul. 11th, 2010 10:46 am (UTC)
Lol, I was so sure it was the wedding music :)
Jul. 10th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)

I could read before I started kindergarten.
0 (0.0%)

True. I was pretty bored with the alphabet when I got there and wondered what the big deal was about going to school.

The only type of animal I have NOT worked with in my job are aquatic animals.
5 (20.8%)

In my 8+ years at UF's Veterinary Teaching Hospital, I have radiographed dogs, cats, horses, goats, bats, otters, various primates, birds of all kinds, snakes, lizards, and so on. Co-workers have imaged manatees and sea turtles and fish.

I am (distantly) related to Henry VIII.
6 (25.0%)

According to my family history files and the "Find relationship" function in Family Tree Maker, King Henry VIII is my 23rd cousin, seventeen times removed. Or maybe my 17th cousin, 23 times removed. Yeah, me an ol' Hank are tight.

I didn't get married until I was 38.
6 (25.0%)

True. Took me long enough... I'm kinda slow in a lot of ways.

I have the ICAO phonetic alphabet memorized.
7 (29.2%)

The Fib. I know some of it, mostly gleaned from listening to the police scanner.

Edited at 2010-07-10 08:35 pm (UTC)
Jul. 11th, 2010 10:47 am (UTC)
So, you and Henry, eh? Who'd have thunk? :)
Jul. 10th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm sorry to say that nobody guessed right on mine.

I've been fired from a job
10 (43.5%)
FACT (Radio Shack, 1992)

I've had my collarbone broken twice
2 (8.7%)
FACT (At age 2 1/2, and at age 13)

I've been on a Parish Council
5 (21.7%)
FACT (Parish Councilmember at the Cathedral Parish, ~1996-2001)

I'm published in a scientific journal
0 (0.0%)
FIB (I conducted research for a physics professor while an undergrad, but to my knowledge I have never been cited for a paper nor presented findings on my research.)

I once smuggled a gallon of hard liquor on a plane to an academic conference
6 (26.1%)
FACT (National Model UN Conference in NYC, 1991)

Thanks for the fun, Jon!

Jul. 11th, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
Really? You have not been published or presented your research? Wow! Who would have thunk it. (I've never had research published, but I have presented findings.)
(no subject) - mtlawson - Jul. 11th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Jul. 10th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
I never wore a two-piece bathing suit because I have an embarrassing birthmark on my stomach. — FIB! I have no such birthmark, and have worn two-piece suits when I was younger.
5 people guessed this one (21.7%)

I have written more novels than short stories (16 to 6).
— FACT! I just don't get many ideas that turn to to be short stories.
3 people guessed this one (13.0%)

I used to be the librarian for the Distilled Spirits Council of the US. — FACT! DC is full of specialized library collections, and this is one of them.
1 person guessed this one (4.3%)

I have a 4-harness loom in my basement.
— FACT! I was an art major. Of course, I haven't used it in probably 25 years.
2 people guessed this one (8.7%)

My mother was a hula girl. — FACT! When we lived in Hawaii, my mom took hula lessons and got pretty good at it. When the Navy ships came in to port, Mom and some other ladies would dance on the docks to welcome them. I even have the plaque they awarded her for it.
12 people guessed this one (52.2%)

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Jul. 11th, 2010 10:51 am (UTC)
You're mother? I thought you said 'father.' No wonder I got it wrong ;)
(no subject) - karen_w_newton - Jul. 12th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 10th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
Well, mine was surely interesting. Only one person guessed my fib.

I studied well over 20 languages, living and dead. FACT

I am color-blind. FIB

People who eat my stuffed cabbage once are cursed to crave it for ever and ever. FACT. In fact, just in the last week I received two emails from local people asking when I am making stuffed cabbage again. It is summer! Aren't they supposed to crave something else? Apparently not!

I cannot drive, ride a bike, or swim, because something in my head is wired wrong. Sadly, a FACT

My great-great-grandfather was taken out to the forest and staked as a vampire. FACT. Most of you thought it was a fib, but no. It happened in the Ukraine during one of the pogroms of 1913. They took the Jews out to the forest, staked them with aspen stakes (that's traditionally done against vampires) and shot them for good measure, then threw them into a ravine. My great-great-grandfather wasn't shot, so he managed to crawl out of the mass grave, and survived.
Jul. 11th, 2010 10:53 am (UTC)
Eek! You should definitely write a story about grandad :)
Jul. 11th, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
I used to be a magician's assistant and have been cut in half and made to disappear into thin air. FACT

I once skied alongside John Kennedy Jr. FIB!!

I have seen Elvis Presley in concert. FACT

The FBI has interviewed me regarding a bank robbery. FACT

My wedding announcement appeared in Variety. FACT
Jul. 11th, 2010 10:54 am (UTC)
Yay! I got one right :)
Jul. 11th, 2010 03:16 am (UTC)
I competed in foreign language competitions in high school. I acted and read poetry in Spanish, often winning first place.

I lied when I said I met Janet Jackson in the Atlanta airport. (She does have a house there). However, when I lived in Altanta I did meet a lot of celebrities in the airport and the malls.

I did have a 2 foot tall doll that mysteriously moved all the time. My friends were afraid to come to my house because they thought it was possessed . . . I think it was too.

When I was a kid, I always threw up after I drank orange juice. My mom had to mix it with other fruit juices to get me to keep it down. This was pre-Tropicana Twisters. I still tell my mom we could have been rich if she would have sold that idea.

I have ALWAYS been a person who does not need a lot of sleep. When I was a kid, my dad used to give me beer at night in hopes it would help me to go to sleep. It didn't. (I HATE beer. And I rarely drink alcohol.)
Jul. 11th, 2010 10:56 am (UTC)
Are you sure that two-foot doll wasn't the neighbor's kid? ;)
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Jul. 11th, 2010 07:42 am (UTC)
I really do hate peas. I really do speak English well and French, German and Bulgarian badly. I really have spent a night in jail. I was 28 when I got married, so, come on, who can wait THAT long.
Jul. 11th, 2010 10:57 am (UTC)
Lol :)
Jul. 11th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
Clearly I am very transparent.

I'm part of a Guinness World Record.
1 (4.2%) FACT: I participated in the world record for Most Games Of Scrabble Played Simultaneously. 521 games by 1,042 participants from 65 secondary schools and organisations, at an event arranged by Northland Secondary School, Mattel SouthEast Asia Pte Ltd and Schools Scrabble Club in Singapore on March 14, 2006.

I broke my arm my first time parachuting.
9 (37.5%) FIB: I have never gone parachuting in my life! Would certainly like to, though.

A few centuries back in China, my family were important people.
3 (12.5%) FACT (semi): I cheated a little on this one as there is no longer an official genealogy for my family, but during the Shang and Zhou Dynasties, there was an official title of "Yin" (the character for my surname- lacking the keyboard to type the right one), and descendants of these officials would use the official title as their surname. Also, in ancient China, Shaohao's son was granted Yin city (today's north-eastern Xi county, Shanxi). His descendants took the city's name as their surname. So my surname could have come from either of these sources, as they are the same character. It's unlikely to have been used by the lower classes since its direct meaning is 'rule'.

I fell down a drain once.
5 (20.8%) FACT: It wasn't a *big* drain, so I was only knee-deep in it. I still have a scar on my leg from scraping it on the drain cover as I fell.

I've been published once, but only when I was in primary school.
6 (25.0%) FACT: A mini-anthology of stories written by children in the primary schools in my area. I can't recall the title.
Jul. 13th, 2010 09:42 am (UTC)
That Guinness World record sounds like it took a lot of organizing.

Thanks for taking part :)
Jul. 11th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
I was never married, had no children. and do live in Manhattan.

Obvious fib, actually. I'm divorced, have one daughter, and live on Long Island.
Jul. 11th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
I am actually surprised a lot of people voted for the eye as the fib. For the reconstruction surgery on the eye, they used hairs from my eyebrow, which mikes those particular, transplanted hairs thicker then the other eyelashes.
(no subject) - jongibbs - Jul. 13th, 2010 09:44 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - snapes_angel - Jul. 13th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 11th, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
As a young girl, I wanted to be Popeye when I grew up.
2 (8.7%) FACT There are pictures of me at age three wearing a sailor hat and with a wooden hammer (i.e. pipe) stuck handle-first in my mouth. Instead of growing up to be Popeye, I married him.

My husband is a nuclear reactor operator.
8 (34.8%) FACT My husband thought it was hilarious that the majority of people labeled this the fib. The fact: he was a "nuke" in the Navy, served on a carrier, and is now a civilian and a federally-licensed nuclear operator.

I had cats named Horse and Adventure.
2 (8.7%) FACT I also had Horse the 2nd. Adventure is featured in my Chicken Soup What I Learned From the Cat essay.

I'm known for my colorful fingernails.
7 (30.4%) FIB Alas, as anyone who knows me in person could attest, I'm a nail biter. The only time my nails were done was for my wedding.

My uncle was murdered on an episode of Magnum P.I.
4 (17.4%) FACT My Uncle Dan is murdered in season 6 in an episode called "This Island Isn't Big Enough." He's killed right at the beginning and is later shown in the morgue. He did a lot of film work in Hawaii during the '80s, worked on Magnum more than once, and is also part of the Hawaii team for Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Jul. 13th, 2010 09:46 am (UTC)
Uncle Dan sounds like he must have some great stories to tell :)
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