Day’?s Verse:
“To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
Lift your eyes to the heavens: Who created all these?
Who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.

Isaiah 40:25-26

Have you noticed how so many people look pretty normal, but when you get to know them they turn out weird? Only a few truly personalityless people really have no quirks, as far as I can tell.

For instance, my personal quirk (one of many!) is probably looking for palindromes in all numbers, particularly bike mileage. Yesterday I blazed through 1212.1 miles and 1221.0 miles, both of which left me with a distinctly nerdy glow of satisfaction.

I know I’?m not alone, though. A QA auditor I talked with told me that as a kid, she thought it was lucky to walk downstairs backwards on the first day of the month.

Of course, I could describe what I perceive as personality quirks of people I know who read this blog, but it would be more interesting if you would share them yourselves. What would you say your personal weirdness is?

5 thoughts on “Personal Weirdnesses

  1. First that comes to mind: I hold my cereal down when I pour in the milk, and won’t eat it until as much of it as possible is under the milk. This means that I mash it under the milk’s surface with my spoon before eating it, even when I’m in a hurry. mmm, cereal.

  2. HI,I must put items away that are left in the living room and kitchen before going to bed and always make the bed in the morning before leaving the house. Jane

  3. i think if you think someone is normal then you simply dont know them yet. i think it is our idiosyncrasies that make us endearing. at least i tell that to myself since mine are so numerous. i would say half of them involve ocd-like patterns i have developed for eating certain kinds of foods.

    im sure many of you know about my paralyzing fear of stray cats that developed about 5 years ago for no apparent reason.

  4. Most things that came to mind turned out to be either failings or bad habits. I do think out loud a lot. (Other people call that “talking to themselves.”) I hate to see cupboard doors or drawers left open, even part way. I feel the need to look up words or terms if the meaning or spelling is unclear to me.

    I’d actually be interested to know what you see, Katie. But be kind.

  5. I play number games with dates, times, and age. Specifically I keep track of how many years until my age is a prime number. I talk to myself out loud when concentrating on things. And even though I know what people mean when they say things, in my head I also interpret it strictly literally like a computer.

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