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Sharing My World 2015 Week 13

Here is my contribution to Cee’s Share Your World, the weekly challenge where we answer four questions posed by Cee.


What was your favourite subject in school?
Definitely not maths or Latin. Yuckity yuck yuck!

I enjoyed Physics, which is what I went on to study. I also really liked English Language – that’s the grammer/composition part. I didn’t like English Literature. Wordsworth, Shakespeare, Dickens, Austen, Bronte(s). I know these are the “classics” but life’s too short. Sorry.

Now if this gang had written “The Taming of the Vampire”, “A Midsummer Night’s Werewolf” or “Wuthering Decapitations” I might be interested.

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away” (George Carlin). When have you had such a moment?
Hmm. I’m not sure I ever have. I’ve seen lovely landscapes and such which were “breathtaking” but I never got a massive emotional reaction from them to the extent that this question suggests, just a feeling of contentment. I don’t like sudden highs and lows anyway.

What’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, or numeric puzzles?
I’ve never tried numeric puzzles – my maths is horrendous. I have no general knowledge whatsoever so I can’t do crosswords (unless they’re aimed at kids). So that leaves jigsaws, though the last one I did was a Star Trek one and that was a few decades ago.

If I did a jigsaw I’d have to put it in a frame, though. I wouldn’t be able to spend hours making something only to tear it apart immediately.

If you found an obviously abandoned car with $50,000 in the back seat, what would you do?
I’d call the police. This amount of money in an abandoned car? It must belong to drug dealers or the mob, and they’d miss even a single dollar, I reckon. Plus it would take ages to convert it all to pounds without “attracting attention”.

Even if it doesn’t belong to anyone, taking it would be theft. The concept of “finders – keepers” doesn’t exist in law (in the UK anyway). I wouldn’t do well spending time at “Her Majesty’s Pleasure”. I’m too pretty :-).

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  1. Gilraen
    April 5, 2015 at 7:34 am

    I guess the literature thing also has to do with age etc. I loved reading as a child, but Dutch literature, well any interest in it was killed off early. Much to the contrary to the English literature. Could it be because I was exposed to that at a later age? I mean the Dutch literature (very much WWI dogmatically based) was started when I was 14. The writers you name were not part of the curriculum until I was about 16-17. A massive difference I think when it comes to being able to understand and appreciate.


    • April 5, 2015 at 9:08 am

      We had those authors from around 12-13 onwards. We just found them boring and hard to understand, and of course no kid enjoys anything that they’re forced to read, analyse and then have a exam on!


  2. April 5, 2015 at 9:13 am

    “I also really liked English Language – that’s the grammer/composition part. … my maths is horrendous.”  Physics requires math, you know.


    • April 5, 2015 at 9:41 am

      Yeah, physics does require maths 😦 Which I almost but not quite failed both years I was forced to take it at university. That’s why my PhD was experimental rather than theoretical 🙂

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  3. NotAPunkRocker
    April 5, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I hated that we just couldn’t read in English class at school…everything had to have symbolism and meaning. Nice try to make certain authors interesting, but no.

    The only reason I passed physics was because of the math; I was more into chemistry so definitely a lot of numbers involved there.

    I wonder how many people use that defense to try to avoid jail? 😀


    • April 5, 2015 at 10:00 am

      I nearly failed physics because of the maths! Well, not really, but it brought my grades down for the first 2 years.

      I would have been nice to just read stuff at school rather than having to analyse it all. Did the author really have a hidden meaning in mind? Probably not. But it makes for a good exam question. Humph.


  4. Merbear74
    April 5, 2015 at 10:59 am

    I barely made it through school because of math. Thank goodness for English. 🙂
    Too pretty? Hey, me too!! LOL


    • April 5, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      Yeah, English rocked!
      Pretty people like us have to keep our noses clean, Mer 🙂


      • Merbear74
        April 5, 2015 at 3:36 pm

        I know!


  5. April 5, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this week. 🙂


  6. April 5, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Full of chuckles! But I must differ with LATIN! My favorite subject… the only subject I enjoyed in junior high or high school aside form music. I had five years of it! The teacher was awesome. And NO… she was over 60- if my memory serves me? We had chariot races and gladiator fights… ate loads of foods! A Great Class! And YES… we had to translate adn memorize out the waa-zoo.


    • April 5, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      My Latin teacher was a bit scary! We had loads of memorising as well. No gladiator fights or chariot races were had :-(. It taught me a lot about the construction of English sentences, though.

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  7. April 5, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    My physics teacher in high school was a tiny little soft spoken man who did nothing to instil any excitement whatsoever in his subject. So much depends on how something is taught!
    I ALWAYS use puzzle glue on finished jigsaw puzzles because OMG why would you want to do that again???? lol


    • April 6, 2015 at 7:10 am

      I’m actually considering getting a nice jigsaw puzzle to eventually hang on my wall, now!
      I was lucky with my physics teachers. Maybe that’s why I ended up studying it.


  8. April 5, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    I thought Shakespeare was totally boring in school but i did appreciate the learning of the why’s of composition through the classics. Yes, boring but it helped me to understand more enjoyable reading later.


    • April 6, 2015 at 7:13 am

      Our “English language” classes were completely separate to the literature. Shakespeare was all about analysing what Shakespeare was “actually” saying. We didn’t actually get to try to enjoy it.

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  9. April 5, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    I have to say that physics is my least favourite science, Ali. Although it’s an integral part of geology, which I studied, I couldn’t build up much enthusiasm for it. (I’ll crawl back into my hole now that I’ve said that about your subject!) Great answers to all the questions, and I agree with what you say about the money in the car.


    • April 6, 2015 at 7:17 am

      Yeah, leave that money alone!
      Many people hated physics. I think the very word put them off.

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  10. April 5, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    I always thought you had to be good in maths to do physics. NOW you tell me.

    $50,000 just lying around has got to be a cruel trick or a trap. Take it and die!


    • April 6, 2015 at 7:21 am

      You need to have some ability in maths but you can usually skirt the really nasty stuff if you’re careful about the subjects you choose. For example – choose to study semiconductors rather than relativity. Because while semiconductors have some pretty serious equations, they’re nothing compared to Einstein’s stuff 🙂
      Leave the money alone and run!


  11. April 5, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    interesting answers DrAli.
    At one point in my life I would returned the money, not now.
    Absolutely abandoned car means exactly that. That money is mine, maybe. I might start thinking that a kid took it from his Grandpa and everyone in the family is sad. Then again, why did the kid not come back for it? Probably mine, besides I am not pretty.


    • April 6, 2015 at 7:24 am

      If I took the money I’d be forever worried that the police would turn up. A couple of years ago someone went to jail for cashing a high-winning lottery ticket they found on the street. I’m a fraidy cat like that 😦


  12. April 6, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    I don’t know about Carlin’s saying life isn’t measured by the breaths you take. I don’t think life would measure much beyond your last breath unless you took another one. 😀 You’d be wise to turn in a large amount of money if you found it. You might even get a reward. I agree that most people are too pretty to go to jail. From what I’ve heard, you wouldn’t be safe much above the age of 80. Well done. 😀


    • April 6, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      If no-one comes to claim the money, you may even get to keep it all – legally! Or as you say, a reward from the owner. I’d certainly reward someone who found my 50k.


  13. April 7, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    I studied English Literature but always had to force myself to trudge through the texts. I’d much rather have been reading fantasy or sci-fi novels. I’d do the same as you with the money, though I have to admit that I might be tempted to take just a little bit of it…


    • April 7, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      I always wonder in these situations – would they miss a little bit?
      Officer, I’d like to hand in this… um… 45 thousand dollars I found in a car. Um. Though according to Lethal Weapon 2 (I think it was), drug dealers will always notice every missing penny!

      English Literature sounds great to study, but I just wouldn’t be able to make my way through all the “classics”. I tried with Wuthering Heights as an adult and only made it half way through. I’d rather listen to the Kate Bush version 🙂

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