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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Feb. 19, 2009 / 25 Shevat 5769


By Malcolm Fleschner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Like millions of other Facebook users, I recently succumbed to the latest online fad, persuaded by an outsized sense of self-importance to post "25 Random Things About Me" to my Facebook page. But then I thought, "Since this is an exercise in pure narcissism anyway, why should my Facebook Friends be the only ones lucky enough to benefit from these deep personal insights I took upwards of seven minutes to come up with? Especially when I also have a column due?"

Unable to dissuade myself, I decided to share the following:

1. I once donated a kidney to a stranger, but when his body rejected it, the surgeons put it right back in me.

2. I hold the world record for length of time juggling a yellow tomato, a Koosh ball and an unopened roll of toilet paper. My mark: 11 seconds.

3. While traveling in Sweden recently, I discovered that after just a week I could speak the language fluently. Unfortunately, the language was Hindi.

4. I'm learning to play the pan flute — just try to stop me from playing it for you. Lord knows many have tried!

5. If I could bring any three CDs with me to a desert island, they would be "Barry Manilow's Greatest Hits," "The Chipmunks Christmas Album" and "Yanni: Live at the Acropolis." I figure that eventually I'm going to get sick of whatever CDs I bring, so I might as well hate them already.

6. I often wonder how much more upbeat the great German philosopher might have been had his name been Immanuel Can.

7. It's always hard to decide on a favorite set of homonyms, but if pressed, I'd have to go with "popery" and "potpourri."

8. I may not be the smartest person around, and I may not be the best looking guy out there either, or the most athletic for that matter, or the most talented, and I also don't have the most money.

9. The name "Wendy" originated in the J.M. Barrie play "Peter Pan." Nothing to do with me, technically, but an interesting fact nevertheless.

10. I'm surprisingly good at games of chance — I'd say I win them nearly half the time!

11. The most overused word in the English language is "overused."

12. Billy Bob Thornton is definitely in my top ten list of actors who are named "Billy Bob."

13. Say what you will about Satanists with all their blood rituals and devil-worship, but at least they don't go door to door trying to convert you.

14. Whenever I see a troupe of boy scouts walking down the street, I like to shout at them, "Get out while you can — it's a cult!"

15. I named my first cat "Soylent Green" so that I could tell guests, "He thinks he's people."

16. My mother once told me that my biggest problem was that I procrastinate too much. I swear one of these days I'm going to prove her wrong.

17. Did you know that fully 64 percent of all quoted statistics are made up?

18. The great thing about going to the movies with me is that I'm not shy about sharing my thoughts on any plot holes, shoddy writing, continuity errors or lackluster acting that I spot.

19. A "lifetime achievement award" is a terrific way of saying, "None of your individual performances was all that exceptional, but you sure did keep at it, so here you go."

20. I don't understand the word "beheaded." Shouldn't that be when you put a head on something, as in "the bartender did a nice job beheading the pint of Bass?" Getting your head cut off should be "de-headed."

21. With Bush out of office, I'm worried about the future of the abstinence-only sex education workshops I give to area schools, starring my beloved animated characters "Abstin Ant" and "Monoga Mouse."

22. People like to gripe about all the bugs in Microsoft Windows Vista, but I'd like to see them try to run their computers without an operating system. Not so easy, is it?

23. The only man I ever met I didn't like was Will Rogers.

24. I know I shouldn't tune in to American Idol just in the hopes of seeing a person who is clearly troubled and needs professional intervention coming unhinged on camera, but how can anyone resist watching Paula Abdul?

25. When some birds hit a plane and the pilot flies into the Hudson River, he's a hero, but when a bird flies into my windshield and my car winds up the neighbor's pool, suddenly I'm a jerk?

25. My most admirable trait would no doubt be "attention to detail."

JWR contributor Malcolm Fleschner is a humor columnist for The DC Examiner. Let him know what you think by clicking here.


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