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Beck Wise #53

25 Fun Facts About Beck:

1. I am so unmusical that I got kicked out of my year 8 concert band for being incapable of playing the triangle.
2. I have good handwriting.
3. Without the requirements of some kind of external schedule, I become semi-nocturnal. My natural sleeping-time seems to be 3am to 1pm.
4. I bake my own bread.
5. My mum grew up in the Outback and (cliché of clichés) had a pet kangaroo as a kid. My dad ‘only’ grew up in the country.
6. I’m an astronomer, turned pop culture student, turned quilting magazine editor, turned women’s studies grad student. I’m still a science nerd and write about science and society a lot.
7. I used to race downhill mountain bikes and it was the most fun I ever had.
8. I had never been to the States before I got on a plane and moved here for school.
9. My favourite colours are lime-green and orange.
10. I’m really allergic to nickel.
11. I speak Arabic (although not well) and spent a couple of summers in the Middle East when I was an undergrad. I want to go back sometime soon.
12. I love mix-n-match cutlery but I hate mix-n-match plates.
13. My first car was a commemorative edition, candy-pink, 1972 Volkswagen Beetle named Ethel. She met a dramatic end three years ago and I haven’t had a car since.
14. I’m dyslexic and I get directional concepts, especially left and right, confused all the time.
14b. Probably related to the above: I have gotten the hang of cycling and driving on the right-hand side of the road in the past year, but I cannot stop walking on the left-hand side of footpaths and staircases. I’m sorry for getting in your way.
15. One of my great-grandfathers was a founding member of the Australian Communist Party and the Australian Labor party.
16. I consider Oxford commas to be an abomination.
17. I will never be a vegetarian because I cannot give up pepperoni pizza.
18. I want a copy of the Complete Oxford English Dictionary so badly I’ve dreamt about it. Repeatedly.
19. The only place I’m really flexible is in my shoulders.
20. I can make my own clothes from scratch, ie, starting from the part where you shear a sheep.
21. My favourite TV show is Doctor Who.
22. I figured out that I was a republican (note the small-r: I want Australia to be an independent and democratically-governed nation. I am not the conservative big-R kind) and an atheist when I was about 11. That put paid to Brownie Guides.
23. I get really sick on those tiny spinning things they have in kids’ playgrounds.
24. I’m petrified of caves.
25. I gave my dog a real name, but 95% of the time I call her Dogface. She doesn’t answer to anything.


  1. Joseph
    Posted June 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    What a perfect woman!

  2. Vargas Grrl
    Posted June 22, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    I hate Oxford Commas, too!!!!!

  3. Posted June 27, 2011 at 2:33 am | Permalink

    Oh, Vargas. <3 <3 <3

  4. Terror Australis
    Posted August 6, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Oh Beck! You know we all have pet kangaroos Down Under! ;-P

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