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25 Facts About Me

Time to tell you a bit more about myself. Here are 25 random facts about myself. I did this in video form. Enjoy!

Yes, and Marmite. Watch to see what that means. If you want to see about my 25 bookish facts, then go to this post.

If you have any comments, please let me know in the comments below.

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25 Bookish Facts About Me

A very popular tag going around on the Booktube area of YouTube is the 25 Bookish Facts About Me. I did it. So now you can find out about some interesting facts about my reading habits and interests! It’s not so long, so won’t take up a lot of time. Check it out.

Any questions? Let me know in the comments below!

Find Out About Something You’ve Always Wanted to Learn About

Ever wanted to learn about something, yet you haven’t really checked it out? Well, why don’t you do a quick Google search and find out one bit of information?

For me, I’ve been interested in learning about ship operation, particularly pre-industrial ocean-going ships, and the terminology. The one thing I looked up is poop deck. What is the poop deck? Well, according to this source, the poop is an enclosed structure at the stern of a ship above the main deck. But what exactly is the poop for? Well, it’s a cabin where the helmsman stands on the roof (or the poop deck) and steers the ship. In modern ships, the functions have been moved to the bridge. So, it’s where you find the wheel of the ship! Poop comes from “la poupe” in French and “puppis” in Latin, which means stern. So, the poop deck is the stern deck. I did not know that.

Now it’s your turn. Search for something you’ve been wondering about, but never bothered to find out, and report your findings in the comments.

Questions I Want to Answer with Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding is a big task, and there are many things to consider. You can go into as much detail as you want, depending on the scope of your story. You could involve an entire world, or you can keep it to a small pocket of a continent. Whichever it is, you have to answer some questions.  Here are some questions I’d like to answer:

  • Is there skiing?
  • Where do they go on vacation?
  • Where do children play?
  • What kind of literature do they read?
  • Is there any kind of popular music?
  • In that case, are there any idols that young people watch?
  • What kind of weapon do they use for hunting?
  • What kind of fashion trends are there?
  • What are the strange local delicacies that outsiders think are disgusting?
  • Do they go to museums?

These seem a bit random, but they could come up when writing a story, both fantasy and science fiction. You often have to consider the more obscure facts that may not even be normally thought of.

Can you think of any other questions?

Random Facts About Me

I thought I’d do one of these again. Some really random facts, hopefully some pretty obscure that few people know.  I’ll try for ten of them.

  1. I was attacked in Tokyo by a nationalist. He was probably drunk, too. But all he did was tap me with his knee and shout at me to get out of Japan. He just tapped me. Weird.
  2. I once held a boa constrictor on my shoulders, behind my neck. It was a big one. Very interesting feeling.
  3. I’ve eaten jellyfish. I didn’t like it.
  4. I once killed a spider in a bathroom only to wake up the next morning to thousands of baby spiders on the walls and floor of the bathroom.
  5. In university, I had the phone number 727-2277. Best number I’ve ever had.
  6. I’ve dislocated both of my little toes in exactly the same way, but 17 years apart.
  7. I played hockey for four years, yet didn’t score a single goal. I had a fear of being in the spotlight, so I always passed the puck. I had plenty of assists, though.
  8. Although I studied computer science in high school, I didn’t learn anything new. I knew it all before.
  9. The first earthquake I ever felt was the 6.8 magnitude 2001 Nisqually Earthquake when I was living in Victoria. I was on the 11th floor, so I felt a lot of shaking.
  10. My family name is Archer, and as you may expect, I have used a bow and arrow. However, I’ve only tried about four times. I’d like to try more.

And there are ten facts about me. Any random facts about you? Let me know in the comments below.

First, the World. Then What? Geography!

Very soon, I’m going to be posting my first geography country profile under the title “Geography Quick Facts.” I’ll be looking at the physical geography of every country in the world, as well as various statistics about each country. At the same time, I’ll be going through the physical geography of the countries of Ariadne.

So, first, I’ll be going through every country in the world alphabetically. After that, overseas territories and dependent territories (and Taiwan). After that, I’m thinking about going through the Canadian provinces and territories followed by the American states. Then I’d like to do Japanese prefectures.  But what should I do next?  Here are the choices:

  • Australian states and territories
  • Chinese provinces
  • Mexican states
  • Brazilian states
  • Argentinian provinces
  • Indian states

Which would you like to see? Or something else? Let me know in the comments below.

Do you think I’m crazy for doing this?

Some Extremely Lesser-Known Things About Me

I remember a while back, I posted some things about myself.  Well, here’s some more, but maybe not very well-known things about me.

  • I like plastic models.  I’m not interested in wars happening, but I find them fascinating to read about, and therefore, I enjoy military jets and ships.  Not many people know this.  Well, now you do.
  • I had a Superman cape when I was little.  I loved the first Superman movie so much, I used to wear it and zoom around the room pretending to fly.
  • E.T. scared me.  Really, really scared me.
  • I hated broccoli.  But now I like it.  Why?  It’s the way it’s cooked.  I discovered that the common way to cook it in England and Canada is to boil the hell out of it.  Tastes like garbage to me.  Lightly cooked is delicious.  I never discovered that until I came to Japan.
  • I have met and spoken to Vladimir Tretiak, James Doohan, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, and Musashimaru.
  • I actually enjoy the feeling of an earthquake.
  • I also enjoy typhoons and thunderstorms.
  • I have eaten shark, jellyfish, horse, octopus, and squid.  I liked the shark, and the horse was decent, but I didn’t like any of the other stuff.  Oh yeah, the horse meat was raw.
  • Shrimp with the head on freaks me out.  I won’t touch it.
  • I’ve been electrocuted by a hand dryer in a public washroom.  I was okay, but my finger was numb for several hours.

And there you go.  Anything interesting about you?