Sunday, August 24, 2008

Fun Monday-Trivia


Mamadrama is hosting Fun Monday this week, and here's what she wants to know:

What funny trivial fact do you remember that you probably should have forgotten a long time ago?


Hmm. Her example was about President Garfield. Well, here’s the thing. I’ve been thinking about this for several days now, and I’m stumped. I just can’t remember one useless bit of trivia from way back then that I probably should have forgotten by now. Not one thing. Not even some little tidbit about Ben Franklin or the preamble to The Constitution. I swear I didn’t sleep through grade school history class. I ALWAYS paid attention. Well, there WAS that time in sixth grade when Ramona and I were tossing paper wads back and forth during math class and Mrs. Korte called on me for an answer and I guessed wildly and got it right even though I didn’t have a clue what we were talking about. Good thing, too because Mrs. Korte was permanently cranky. She used to get stuck in her chair because her butt was too big for the seat, and she picked her nose and flicked boogers at us kids. Woe was the person who had to sit on the front row. I am NOT making that up. Hand to God. And truthfully, I’m not really sorry I just told that. See, Mrs. Korte? You should be nice to people so they don’t grow up and tell your secrets to the whole World Wide Web.

I was a good student, but I’ve just drawn a blank when it comes to that kind of trivia. What DO I remember? Plenty of other useless things like Eddie B’s favorite song in the whole wide world in 8th grade was The Eagles’ Take it to The Limit, and that his little sister’s name was Tina. I remember the new girl in 7th grade had a denim smock top with cherries and the words Play That Funky Music embroidered on it and that Kim E. won a first place ribbon at district band contest for her clarinet solo…and I got a second place ribbon. How about the fact that Felicia L. could do a flip without her hands? She’s the one who stabbed me in the chest with a pencil in fourth grade leaving me to forever fear that that piece of lead will travel to my heart one day and kill me. Or that Mrs. Quint had these gold sandals with fake multicolored jewels on them that she wore every day during warm weather? Or that Kit O. always brought Pringles in his lunch. I remember that Mike A. loved the song Lay Down Sally when we were in 8th grade and sang it in study hall. Boy, was he an ass! How could I forget that Lisa M.’s mom frosted Lisa’s hair in fourth grade? Whew! Glad MY mom wasn’t going to beauty school and needed someone to practice on. I remember that Joy G. had a Barbie RV at her house and that my fourth grade teacher called his youngest daughter “Tater”. I remember ALL of those things, but not one single iota of academic trivia from way back then.

Oooh! Wait! I think I’ve got something. Hang on, it’s coming. Dum da dee deed um. Oh yeah, here we go. How about this little nugget? The colors of the spectrum from Mrs. Bremer’s seventh grade science class (she was the one who gave us girls the menstruation speech in fifth grade). ROY G. BIV….red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Ha! See. I told you I paid attention. Well, except for that time in fifth grade when Lisa M. and I were supposed to be looking up vocabulary words but got caught hiding behind the library cart ogling over that Spidel ID bracelet she got from her boyfriend.

24 comments:

Mike Golch said...

Nice posting. sorry that I have not been visiting much, I've had a couple of bad weeks.

Hootin' Anni said...

I'm still impressed with Felicia's agility! Bet she was very popular with....

Loved this Fun Monday. Mine is posted. Hopefully this is a bit on the 'FUNny side' too. Drop by if you can, won't you? Happy day to you.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Fab post. And we were taught Roy G Biv too, or Richard Of York Gave Battle in Vain. I remembered both. I am so proud. :D

Amy said...

You are so funny, Hula!:)

I remember having denim "stack" shoes with embroidered strawberries on them.

Sigh.:)

Did you ever get in touch with Ramona with your brother's help? (Just curious.)

Have a great week and try to pay attention!

Sincerely,
ROY G. BIV ;)

SwampAngel65 said...

Wo...Spidel ID bracelets! That's a blast from the past right there!

So you had a booger flickin' big butt teacher, huh? THAT qualifies for useless trivia!

I remember ROY G BIV, too!

Sandcastle Momma said...

Wow that post was like a flash from the past. Oddly I remember very little about the people I went to school with. I do remember denim smocks and the Eagles are still one of my favorite bands LOL

Jeanna said...

Gee I didn't learn roygbiv until art school. There was a girl (the one who stole my candy) who frosted her hair in third grade. And she did it herself.
A booger flicker? Blech. We got chalk thrown at us. But sometimes candy.

iPost said...

I remember good ole' Roy G. Biv!

Sandy said...

I love your grade school memories! and I just taught Roy G. Biv to my grandson last week.

Thanks for the smiles.

Cruise Mom said...

Wish I still had that Barbie RV - bet is would be worth something now! Boy did this post bring back some memories:)

ChrisB said...

Yuk to the booger flicker, we had one teacher who threw the blackboard cleaner and chalk~ he was called Boris..I never really knew if that really was his name.
I see Jo has already mentioned Richard of York...... that's the one I use!

Amy's Angels said...

I still use ROY G BIV to this day...oh how funny!

Jan said...

Fun post, I never learned the Roy G Biv - thing. Now, I know.

Karmyn R said...

It is so funny what kind of info our brain retains.

The Girl Next Door said...

Hilarious. I cannot believe her butt got stuck - today the kids would catch it on their camera video phones and post it on you tube! Great memories - sigh seems like just yesterday doesn't it?

Stephanie, Mama Dramatist said...

I cannot get over how impressed I am that you managed to learn ANYTHING whilst having boogers flicked in your direction by your TEACHER.

*shudder*

Stephanie, Mama Dramatist said...

I cannot get over how impressed I am that you managed to learn ANYTHING whilst having boogers flicked in your direction by your TEACHER.

*shudder*

Alison said...

well...it sounds like you remembered all kinds of important stuff!!!

Pamela said...

snort. It's getting late and I've had a rough day-- and this was just a delightfully charming read to make me smile and say "all is right with the world."

Lil Mouse said...

I love roy g biv. i'm not sure they teach the kids that these days. but it sure is interesting!

Quangaroo said...

Ok, you forgot the one about where Mr. Tubbs tied a kid to the chair in your class and the school dog "Fred" used to sleep in the hallway. Those were the days!

judysteapot said...

schools and teachers aren't what they used to be!!

Trailboss said...

OMG you are TOO funny!

IamwhoIam said...

LOL your making this up right?