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100 QUESTIONS TO ASK ANYONE YOU WANT TO KNOW BETTER

Posted on: June 28, 2018

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Occasionally I’ve come across these little Online questionnaires, and they’re quite interesting. Although often they seemed to be aimed at American high school students, which can be a bit baffling if you’re (a) not American, or (b) far too old to be a high school student. They can be quite fun to do even if you know someone very well, as you might get some unexpected surprises in their answers, so worth trying out on someone! This is one of the better, more varied ones I’ve found. Anyway, here goes nothing, I’ll try and answer them as honestly as I can:

(1) Where do you consider home to be? Where I’m sitting right now.

(2) Do you believe in ghosts? Yes.

(3) Are you religious? I’m quite spiritual, and a Believer in that sense. I don’t have much time for Organised Religion though, or people who use their religion to bully others.

(4) If you could have dinner with any of the Presidents, who would you choose? Why? I’m not American, but I guess I would pick John F Kennedy. He seems the most extraordinary of them, and I could ask him what happened on that fateful November day.

(5) What’s your dream food? Anything with a tonne of whipped cream and fruit in it.

(6) Who is your role model? Why? I don’t have a role model to be honest, I feel too old for all that. Some people can be a positive influence, but ultimately you have to plough your own furrow in life.

(7) Do you prefer Coke or Pepsi? Coke.

(8) Do you prefer Cheetos or Doritos? Cheesy Wotsits.

(9) Do you eat breakfast in the morning? Have a banana.

(10) When you go to the beach, do you swim or sunbathe more? Probably swim, I can get quite bored with sunbathing.

(11) Have you ever ridden a city bus before? Astonishingly, yes.

(12) Have you ever travelled out of the country? If so, where? Blimey, these questions really are aimed at Americans aren’t they. Yes. Ireland, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Italy, Greece, Ibiza, Switzerland, USA.

(13) If you got arrested, what do you think it would be for? The way things are going at the moment, probably protesting over something.

(14) What’s your favourite childhood memory? Summer holidays.

(15) What was your favourite song 2 years ago? What is it now? Cannot remember what I was listening to 2 years ago. These days I’m reliving my long-lost youth on YouTube, so a toss-up between Adam & the Ants: Place In The Country/Picasso, Slade: We’ll Bring The House Down (gets me right fired up that one), the Alessi Brothers: Oh Lori (very summery), and the Toy Dolls: Nellie The Elephant.

(16) What teacher have you had that’s made the biggest impact on your life? No one. I don’t have fond memories of teachers on the whole.

(17) Are you a cat person or a dog person? Dogs.

(18) What is a quote from any movie that you know off the top of your head? “Infamy! Infamy! They’ve all got in for me!” Kenneth Williams in Carry On Cleo.

(19) What are you most afraid of? Any kind of really debilitating illness.

(20) If superheroes were real, who would you want to protect your city? No idea.

(21) What’s the silliest reason you’ve ever cried? Probably over a song.

(22) If you could to be a character on any show what show would you choose? A female Sherlock Holmes, vintage version.

(23) You’re stuck on an island with no way of getting off and no one knows you’re there, what 3 items do you have with you? A comfy duvet, a sharp knife, a large box of matches.

(24) What’s the name of a song you know all the words to? Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.

(25) Are you a sore loser? No I don’t think so, I hope not anyway.

(26) Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? Closed.

(27) Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees? Not much of a choice is it, I’ll have the bear.

(28) What’s your biggest pet peeve? THOUGHTLESS BASTARDS WHO PARK ON PAVEMENTS! Don’t get me started on that one, I’m well triggered now.

(29) Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some? Well I’m not telling you am I.

(30) Would you ever strip or pose nude for a photo or a movie? It’s about 30 years too late for that one! If some poor deluded soul was mad enough to offer me A LOT of money for it, then yes I might. They’d better invest in plenty of potted plants and cuddly toys to act as screening though.

(31) What has been your best Halloween costume this far? I had a vampire costume once. It must have been quite effective, as I was told I looked “really frightening” in it.

(32) Are you stubborn? Not generally, although if I think someone’s trying to emotionally blackmail me or coerce me into doing something I don’t want to do, I’ll dig my heels in.

(33) Do you sing in the car? It has been known.

(34) Do you take vitamins daily? Ssh, I take hemp-oil capsules …

(35) Have you ever cried because you were so happy? Yes.

(36) Can you swim without plugging your nose? I think so.

(37) Have you ever won a contest? Not that I can remember. Came runner-up in a fancy dress contest once, but that’s it.

(38) Do you want kids? How many? No.

(39) Are you missing anyone right now? No.

(40) Do you smile at strangers as you walk by them? Depends on the stranger! If someone smiles at me, I generally try to return the compliment.

(41) Do you think your life will change drastically before 2020? I really don’t like the sound of that word “drastically”! I hope any big changes are positive ones.

(42) How do you react when people talk badly about you? Depends what they’re saying. If I thought they were being unfair, or even downright lying, then I would find that hard to deal with.

(43) Where did you get the shirt you are currently wearing? I’m not wearing a shirt.

(44) What has been your favourite gift you’ve been given? It might sound boring, but my little Chrome laptop. It saved me from the absolute daily misery of having to use Microsoft bloody Windows. Being given my very first MP3 player was a godsend too.

(45) If you had to delete one year out of your life completely, which would you choose? 2016 is not a year I would ever choose to live again, but even that one had its good moments, so I wouldn’t delete it completely. Life is all experience, good and bad.

(46) What is your favourite thing about school? The fact that I left it back in 1981.

(47) Is there something that happened to you in your past that you hate talking about? Yes.

(48) Who was the last person you were on the phone with? Probably my husband.

(49) Do you get jealous easily? Not of other people’s achievements, unless I think they got it through dodgy means, or had it too easy. If someone tried to take my o/h away from me, I suspect my claws would come out.

(50) Is there anyone you have ever given up on? Do you regret it? Yes, and no I didn’t regret it, in fact I wish I had done it a lot earlier.

(51) What is something on your to-do list currently? Various plans for work.

(52) Are you over your past? As much as you can be COMPLETELY over it, yes.

(53) Are you afraid of dying? Only of it happening too soon. I don’t think anyone of us wants to go before we are ready.

(54) Are you afraid of change? Sudden change is always a bit disconcerting, but on the whole I hope I would rise to the challenge.

(55) Does commitment scare you? No.

(56) Were you picked on as a kid? Sometimes.

(57) What is one meal you know how to cook? Omelettes of various persuasions.

(58) How many pillows do you sleep with on your bed? One.

(59) What is one thing you love about yourself? I’m pretty tolerant and broad-minded on the whole.

(60) What is your biggest insecurity? Lack of formal education. It means I can’t shout “I have a degree y’know!” – like just about everyone else seems to do these days – when anyone tries to pick an argument with me.

(61) What is the title of your favourite book? I would find it very hard to pick one book out above all the rest, so I won’t bother. Patrick Hamilton’s ‘Hangover Square’ though really got under my skin when I first read it.

(62) When was the last time you felt lost? Do you mean emotionally or literally? I’ve found the last couple of years pretty bewildering on the whole, as though someone’s torn the map out of my hands, but I suspect a lot of people have felt like that.

(63) Do you cry when you are angry? I used to when I was younger, now I just get WILD.

(64) Are you excited about anything right now? There’s a lot of things planned in the next few months I’m quite excited about.

(65) Nike or Adidas? Oh bog off.

(66) What’s your comfort food? Chocolate.

(67) Where do you go when you want to be alone? My little office.

(68) Who do you call when you need a little pick-me-up? My husband.

(69) Do you cry during sad movies? Yes sometimes.

(70) What’s your guilty pleasure? See Question 66.

(71) You’re arranged in front of the TV, what are you watching? Either a job lot of ‘Plebs’, ‘Star Trek Voyager’ or ‘Coach Trip’.

(72) Do you have a nickname? Probably “old cloth-ears”, it seems to get said to me a lot.

(73) What would you eat every day if you could? A tender rare steak with blue cheese sauce. Wouldn’t be good for me though.

(74) Do you collect anything? Tempted to say books.

(75) If you could kiss someone right now, who would it be? The o/h.

(76) Are you a spender or a saver? A spender at heart, but I’ve got more careful as I’ve got older.

(77) Are you named after anyone? Rumour has it I was named after a character in a TV drama, but that TV drama must have long since vanished into the mists of time.

(78) If you could choose any person in the world to be president, who would you choose? Why? Sigh, another sodding American question. Dunno.

(79) Do you daydream? Yes, I call it Writing Planning.

(80) Do you know how to change a tyre? Sadly, no.

(81) Do you have a hidden talent? I don’t know about hidden, but I can knock up a pretty good sponge cake.

(82) Do you consider yourself artistic? Well I’m creative.

(83) What’s something you can’t live without? Air.

(84) Can you name all 50 states? Go away.

(85) Do you eat soup with a fork or a spoon? Are you being serious??!! A spoon, you div!

(86) Do you remember your dreams? Not always, but yes, sometimes. Even wrote a whole book about them.

(87) Are you superstitious? Not overly, but I am about some things. I won’t walk under ladders, and I really hate the number “73”, I really don’t like it at all.

(88) What’s one thing you would most like to change about the world? Where do you start! To have world leaders who weren’t completely consumed with their own ego’s would be a good beginning.

(89) What piece of advice would you give to the 10-year-old you? Don’t let anyone try to push you into a corner and silence you, and believe me, they will try.

(90) Have you ever broken the law? Yes.

(91) If you won the Lottery, what would you spend the money on? Depends what size of win it was, if it was a big amount, then a new house I expect.

(92) What was your favourite book as a child? Why? Enid Blyton’s ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’. About characters living in a big tree, where different lands stopped at the top, and they got granted their wishes. What’s not to like?

(93) Do you snort when you laugh? It has been known.

(94) Are you a good dancer? It pains me to say it, but no I’m not.

(95) If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Invisibility.

(96) Do you believe in the death penalty? No.

(97) Are you happy, genuinely, consistently, happy? For someone who suffers from Anxiety, I think I do pretty damn well on the whole. Yes, mustn’t grumble, as the saying goes.

Um … I seem to have miscalculated there. Anyway, have a go at the questions yourself. It’s fun, and you might surprise yourself with your answers at times.

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