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Wacky Wednesday: 5 Urban Myths…Truth or Myth ANSWERS


FIVE URBAN MYTHS…TRUTH OR MYTHS **ANSWERS**

Yesterday, I threw some urban myths at you and had you tell me if they are TRUTH or MYTH.  Today, I’m posting the answers to those questions.

How did you do?!

Karen

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1.  A London firm marketed ‘X-ray proof’ undergarments to shy women at the turn of the century.

TRUTH – The ploy was in response to the popularity of x-rays in the wake of Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen’s 1895 discovery.

2. Your chances of being assaulted are higher in NYC than anywhere else in the U.S.

MYTH – Based on victim-to-population ratios, you’re more likely to be attacked in Arizona.

3. The Gartner Group once issued trading cards featuring its analysts.

TRUTH – The company has 3,700 associates, including 1,200 research analysts and consultants.

4. Entering your PIN in reverse at any ATM will place an emergency call to police.

MYTH – Although the technology exists, it has never been implemented.

5. The Oregon Department of Transportation once used a half-ton of dynamite to blow up a Sperm Whale carcass.

TRUTH – The blast showered onlookers with rotten blubber and one large piece of debris crushed a car.

Wacky Wednesday: 5 Urban Myths…Truth or Myth?

FIVE URBAN MYTHS…TRUTH OR MYTH?

It’s that time again!  I’m going to throw some urban myths at you today just for fun.  It’s your job to decide if they are TRUTH or MYTH.  You don’t have to post your answers but, if you’d like to, feel free to post them today.  Tomorrow, I’ll post the answers.

Karen
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1.  A London firm marketed ‘X-ray proof’ undergarments to shy women at the turn of the century.

TRUTH or MYTH?

2.  Your chances of being assaulted are higher in NYC than anywhere else in the U.S.

TRUTH or MYTH?

3.  The Gartner Group once issued trading cards featuring its analysts.

TRUTH or MYTH?

4.  Entering your PIN in reverse at any ATM will place an emergency call to police.

TRUTH or MYTH?

5.  The Oregon Department of Transportation once used a half-ton of dynamite to blow up a Sperm Whale carcass.

TRUTH or MYTH?

SEE YOU TOMORROW WITH THE ANSWERS!  HAVE FUN!!

Wacky Wednesday: 5 things you don’t know about me….

It’s time again to list five interesting — or not so interesting — facts about me!  I’m going to continue that on the occasional Wacky Wednesday until I run out of things to post or you all tell me to stop being so self-absorbed. 🙂

26.  I’d never broken a bone until recently.  My baby toe had a major disagreement with my recumbent bike a couple of weeks ago.  A case of moveable object and an immovable one, a sure sign that exercise can be harmful to your health.  It was a nasty event all the way around, and both parties are sorry.  Actually, we don’t know for sure that it was broken since we didn’t x-ray the clumsy thing.  I’m simply going by all of the professional opinions of what “looked like” and felt like a broken toe.  So I’m claiming my first — and hopefully last, those things hurt! — broken bone.  What’s interesting is that it took so long for it to happen.  I end up in the emergency room a lot as a child with numerous sprains, strains, and possible concussions.  Graceful and Karen were two words that didn’t meet in the same sentence…especially after I accidentally ran head first into the elementary school flagpole and knocked myself out cold.  I’ll never live that one down!

27.  I love to swim. Growing up I practically lived at the pool during the summer.  Our neighborhood had a great public pool and I’d whip through my household chores so I could get there the moment the gate opened at 11:00 a.m. I’d hang with my friends all day, every day, soaking up the sun and flirting with boys. Regretfully, those memories got a bit tarnished when the world learned how dangerous it was to get that much sun.  And we won’t even get started on how bad it is to “tan” with baby oil w/iodine, the fad at the time.  (Yeah, I’m aging myself!)  Still, if I could build a pool at my house, I’d be swimming in it every day…with proper sunblock.  Or even better, a poolhouse roof over my head!

28.  I knew at a very early age that I was the future Mrs. Andy Gibbs.  I was going to have a mansion in Australia and travel the world with him on his private jet, and have my own stash of  chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne onboard.  Andy was going to write his swoon-worthy songs and dedicate them to me at every concert, and we’d have a whole house full of kids who looked just like their daddy.

29.  I knew at a very early age that I was the future Mrs. Bobby Sherman.  We were going to have a horse farm in Kentucky and I would alternately travel to the set of his television show and his concerts.  Our six kids would look just like their daddy and….

30.  I knew at a very early age that I was the future Mrs…wait!  Where are my diaries and wall posters?!

If you don’t know who either of these men are, I apologize for dragging you back into my teenybopper dreams without a proper introduction. Think Justin Bieber…only oodles and oodles better!!! 🙂

[If you’re wondering about the numbers, this ongoing list of “5 new things” is not the first I’ve posted. To learn more about me, check the Wacky Wednesday category menu.]

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Wacky Wednesday: The “W” Plot…Or The Other White Meat for Plotting

**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR WRITERS**
Only 3 Online Workshops Scheduled in 2012!

The “W” Plot…or The Other White Meat for Plotters©
A Plotting Workshop
By Award-Winning Author, Karen Docter

One of the staples of any writers’ group conversations is the plot. It’s integral to every novel, holds everything together. It’s the vehicle that carries readers from page one to “The End”. It’s one of the scariest things an author faces when s/he decides, hey, I want to write a novel!

How many of us have made this decision, then stared at that blank page or computer screen without a clue how to proceed? What about those of us who write by the seat of our pants, the pantsers? Do we dare risk scaring off our muse by [shudder] plotting our story? How do the mega-plotters, the overachievers, know when it’s time to stop and just put pen to paper?

Join four-time Golden Heart finalist and Daphne du Maurier winner Karen Docter as she shares the “W” plotting technique she’s used successfully for years.

Karen analyzes the movie “Romancing the Stone” to show how the technique works, discussing the detailed plot points for the main characters including the villain. Throughout this 4-week online workshop, you’ll uncover the skeleton of your own novel. Whatever your genre, by the end of the class not only will you have the tools you need to finish plotting your story using the “W”, you’ll know how to use it to write the synopsis we all love to hate…all without writing one word of the novel.

If you’ve already started your novel, that’s okay. It’s never too late to apply the principles of the “W” to your developing story. Have you run into a wall? Don’t know where to go next? Has the story gone flat? Use the technique to pull apart the elements of your story so you can plug the holes, work through/over/around walls that loom in your path, and get moving on your story once again.

This is a hands-on-your-own-book workshop designed for the novice or the experienced writer.  Don’t miss this opportunity to add a new skill to your writer toolbox!

I hope you’ll join me online ~ Karen

Sponsor: Long Island Romance Writers
Date: February 6 – March 2, 2012
FMI or Register: http://www.lirw.org/

Wacky Wednesday: Porcelain Unicorn….

A friend shared this and I had to share with you today. It is beautiful and poignant and…well, see for yourself.

Porcelain Unicorn

Legendary British film director Sir Ridley Scott launched a global film making contest for aspiring directors. It’s titled “Tell It Your Way”. There were over 600 entries.
The film could be no longer than three minutes, contain only 6 lines of narrative & be a compelling story. The winner was “Porcelain Unicorn” from American director Keegan Wilcox. It’s a story of the lifetimes of two people who are totally opposite, yet, very much the same – all told in less than 3 minutes. I can see why it won – enjoy!

Wacky Wednesday: 5 Urban Myths…Truth or Myth? ANSWERS

Five Urban Myths…Truth or Myth?   ANSWERS!!

Yesterday, I threw some urban myths at you and had you tell me if they are TRUTH or MYTH.  Today, I’m posting the answers to those questions.

How did you do?!

Karen

1.  Walt Disney was dishonorably discharged from the military.

MYTH – Disney faced a disciplinary hearing at one point in his career as a WWI ambulance drive, but wasn’t dismissed over the incident.
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2. Hershey bars were used as currency in Europe during WWII.

TRUTH – Cigarettes and gum also double as currency in war-ravaged economies.
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3. Golf legend Jack Nicklaus is color blind.

TRUTH – Other celebrities suffering from the affliction include Matt Laurier, Paul Newman, and the late Bing Crosby.
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4. The first name of Bob Denver’s character Gilligan on Gilligan’s Island was Willy.

MYTH – Willy was briefly considered, but Gilligan was never given a first name in the show.
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5. Teens throwing ‘spunkballs’ into passing cars watched in horror as one of the gas-soaked rags wrapped in tinfoil exploded, engulfing their victim’s car in flames.

MYTH – Rocks, yes; spunkballs, definitely not. It’s an urban legend.

Wacky Wednesday: 5 Urban Myths…Truth or Myth?

FIVE URBAN MYTHS…TRUTH OR MYTH

It’s that time again!  I’m going to throw some urban myths at you today just for fun.  It’s your job to decide if they are TRUTH or MYTH.  You don’t have to post your answers but, if you’d like to, feel free to post them today.  Tomorrow, I’ll post the answers.

Karen

1.  Walt Disney was dishonorably discharged from the military.   TRUTH or MYTH?

2.  Hershey bars were used as currency in Europe during WWII.  TRUTH or MYTH?

3.  Golf legend Jack Nicklaus is color blind.  TRUTH or MYTH?

4.  The first name of Bob Denver’s character Gilligan on Gilligan’s Island was Willy.  TRUTH or MYTH?

5.  Teens throwing ‘spunkballs’ into passing cars watched in horror as one of the gas-soaked rags wrapped in tinfoil exploded, engulfing their victim’s car in flames.  TRUTH or MYTH?

SEE YOU TOMORROW WITH THE ANSWERS!  HAVE FUN!!

Wacky Wednesday: 5 things you don’t know about me….

When I started blogging, I decided to use my blog to list five interesting — or not so interesting — facts about me. I’m going to continue that on the occasional Wacky Wednesday until I run out of things to post or you all tell me to stop being so self-absorbed. 🙂

21.  I can’t eat raw tomatoes without wanting to gag. You know, that gag your five-year-old blesses you with when you force him to eat his spinach? Never understood the appeal of bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches. 🙂 Cooked tomatoes aren’t a problem…which is a good thing because I love Italian food and Mexican food and…

22.  One of my friends in my adulthood is my fifth grade teacher…who also writes romantic suspense. Imagine our surprise when I saw her at my first Colorado Romance Writers meeting and told her she reminded me of my teacher.  I wish I’d had a camera when she realized I was a student from her first class. Of course, she was a “baby” teacher.  I still have a picture of her from our 5th grade trip to Camp Shoshone for a weekend of crafts and fun. Ah, the memories.

23.  I don’t remember attending kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade. I know I went, else I couldn’t have entered 3rd grade, right? We moved several times in those years so I get a feeling that’s the real reason nothing “stuck” in my brain. Weird how that works sometimes.

24.  Although I’m the fishing fanatic in my family, I can’t stand the sight and feel of worms.  Someone has to hook them for me if I want to use them.  In college I lived in one of those quirky carriage house conversions and, when it rained, worms would occasionally come up a drain. I had a cat that loved playing with them and bringing them to mommy…leaving them on my pillow. Can anyone say, “Ewwww!”? To get them out of the house, I had to scoop them up with a dustpan and brush. The things we do for a cheap place to live!

25.  When I quit smoking nineteen years ago — yay, me! — I couldn’t write one word for three months.  I unintentionally quit writing cold turkey, too, which was scary for me.  I had to find a way to write without a cigarette in my hand.  I eventually got over it but, have to say, at the time I wondered if I’d ever write again.

[If you’re wondering about the numbers, this ongoing list of “5 new things” is not the first I’ve posted. To learn more about me, check the Wacky Wednesday category menu.]

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Wacky Wednesday: A tribute to “Darth Vader” fencing master….

Geek that I am, I love all of the Star Wars movies. I sat riveted to my seat when the first three (rather the last three)movies came out.   I couldn’t get enough of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader in “Star Wars”, “The Empire Strikes Back”, and “Return of the Jedi”.  Vader, of course, made the biggest impact on me. He’s so diabolical and I do love a good villain!

Darth Vader though was, hands down, the largest larger-than-life villain I’d ever seen.

Of course when I heard it took two talented actors to pull off that character, I wasn’t surprised. I was stunned though when it was revealed there was a third man behind that mask, and that man held the secret to the character I’d grown to know and love.

I’m talking about Bob Anderson, a fencing master who spent decades working with actors in Hollywood teaching them how to sword fight, the man who hid behind the mask and light saber of Darth Vader in the last two “Star Wars” movies. I believe Darth Vader would have been just another villain in a long line of villains without the incredible sword fighting scenes. With Bob Anderson wielding the saber and adding that final layer to the evil Darth Vader, he overwhelmed the screen with power and presence, and gifted movie viewers with the ultimate battle between good and evil.

Sadly, Bob Anderson died three days ago on January 1st. He leaves behind a legacy that will never die. Today, in tribute to his memory, I’ve posted a scene from “The Empire Strikes Back” movie when Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker fight ending with Luke losing his hand and discovering Vader is his father. A striking, poignant, powerful scene now credited to Bob Anderson.