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    • CommentAuthorAlexa_D
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2007
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    Honestly? Peanuts. It got me into philosophy/theology and classical music at a very early age (7 or 8) and put me into the mindset that it's normal to feel alienated, and that in alienation there is strength, so that when I really came into my "weirdness" it didn't bother me.
    • CommentAuthorNil
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2007
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    As with so many others here, it seems to be reading that swung it for me. I've always been an insatiable, voracious reader. I remember getting into a fight with one of my teachers in primary school because I wanted to move up a reading level (the books in the library were graded on some weird tree-based system - Acorn 1-6 for younger readers, Oak 1-6 for older readers). She insisted that the books at Oak 6 were too hard for me and that I had to prove I was ready for them by reading all the books at Oak 5 first. I got through at least 100 of them before she finally gave in and let me move up a level.

    Moving from Dorset to the far north of Scotland was probably the turning point on the whole weirdness thing. Being stuck in a tiny, shitty little town where precisely everyone else in my school hated me meant that I was more or less free to do as I wanted, as there was absolutely no point trying to fit in anyway.

    So, yeah. Reading anything and everything - Chomsky at 14, Crowley at 15, always lots and lots of sci-fi. Growing up with my dad's music collection - lots of Genesis and Yes. Being raised Christian may have had something to do with it as well - now a pretty dedicated atheist, but I still know my Bible better than most. Discovering lots of very strange and heavy music all at once - I somehow managed to miss out almost entirely on the whole nu-metal thing that caught most of my peers, going from Steps (I kid you not) to Linkin Park to Dimmu Borgir to Merzbow, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Sunn 0))) within about two years.

    Oh, and finally making some very good friends who thought not only that being weird was OK but was in fact better than being normal probably helped.
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    Watching my dad's favorite movie, Time Bandits with him at way too young of an age to deal with such....well...yeah, you have to see the flick to see what i mean.
    • CommentAuthorSolario
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2007 edited
     (104.4)
    Always being encourage to think outside the box to the point of actually being critized for it in school.

    A 30 years age gap between my parents, one of whom (my 80 year old, upper class, ex-WWII resistance, globetrotting dad) is fairly conservative (fortunately, not in the religious or xenophobic sense) and a mother who is liberal, lower middle class (or started out that way), tolerant nurse/caretaker. It's given me some fairly... interesting viewpoints and has probably schewed me more than a little growing up with people who are so very different. Of course they're both stubborn as fuck and very cultural, so I probably got that from them as well. I enjoy being the Devil's Advocate. I think it's for the better though.

    Genetics from said parents.

    Caring for my father who suffered a blood clog when I was 10, that paralyzed him in his right arm and partially in his left leg, along with a little damage to his language center.

    Being ruthlessly bullied for a good 10 years to the point of developing a stutter (which I have fortunately lost completely the last five years) and probably a good portion of mental scaring.

    Comics.
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      CommentAuthormuse hick
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2007
     (104.5)
    being born pretty much did it. i got told once that no matter how you dressed me up the weirdness would come spilling through.
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    growing up listening to Frank Zappa
    • CommentAuthorStitchy
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2007
     (104.7)
    Nothing. I was always the example of perfection. Some might say I was weird because I had an over-inflated ego. Morons.
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      CommentAuthorravnos
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2007
     (104.8)
    Oh yeah, growing up reading Roald Dahl books... Those would do it too... I think, they were some of my favorites as a young spawn.
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    As a small girlchild, Mom dressed me in boys clothing so teachers would call on me.
    Obsessed with ancient Egyptian ritual and mummification at an early age. I was allowed to wear eyeliner, ankhs, and gold lame on Halloween when I was 8.
    Daughter of a childrens' librarian. Read at a college level in elementary school--got me into a lot of trouble, let me tell you. Bullied for years due to butt-length hair, big glasses, crooked teeth, tendency to read the encyclopedia in public for fun, etc.
    My grandfather was part of the Manhattan Project and also invented the Renuzit air freshener. I think he rubbed off on me.

    Actually, no, it's all PBS' fault. Really. I blame Mathnet.
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    I think a lot of it stemmed from having great difficulty socializing as a kid for whatever reason, so the majority of my friends were people I met on TSN/INN, Sierra's old gaming network. I was much younger than all the people I talked to but I passed for older fairly easily and I'm still amazed that I keep in touch with those people and consider them to be my closest friends more than fifteen years later. It definitely prepared me for having to deal with actual adults later on even if it exposed me to a lot of very strange stuff that I may not yet have been ready for at the time. It was kind of like our minds were incubating in the future while our bodies existed in the present.
    • CommentAuthorThe Gooch
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2007
     (104.11)
    Growing up an only child in the country with ample time to entertain myself.
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    I'm not weird, but I know what makes 99% of the rest of the population weird:

    • addiction to soap operas,

    • adverts (especially the current trend of adverts for air fresheners - just open the window for gawds sake!), and

    • obsessive interest in the lives of talentless celebrities.


    Now that's weird!
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      CommentAuthorravnos
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2007
     (104.13)
    - exoskeletoncabaret
    Reminds me of a lot of the things I did growing up. I too was reading on a college level in elementary school. I cared more about reading than having friends, which caused some bullying.
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      CommentAuthorVespers
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2007
     (104.14)
    @hemlock_martini
    Yes. What you've said is rather like me, except I'm not sure I've actually come to realize what you did yet, at least not subconsciously.

    @lazarus corporation
    You have an exceedingly good point there. We're the normal ones.
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      CommentAuthornietoperz
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2007
     (104.15)
    Seeing Sid Vicious' version of My Way on Thames TV back in about 1979 or so. I must have been all of 8, and he was the coolest fucking thing I'd ever seen. That was it right there.
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      CommentAuthorARES
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2007
     (104.16)
    Cookie Monster's googly eyes.
    Fold out vinyl cover of my mom's copy of In The Court of the Crimson King.
    First compilation tape received at 5 years old containing various Suicidal Tendencies, The Vandals, and The Jesus and Mary Chain songs.
    Being born in the desert with the obligatory larger than usual cranium.
    Etc.
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    Zu Warriors From The Magic Mountain at age 7.
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      CommentAuthorBrand
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2007
     (104.18)
    Actually, no, it's all PBS' fault. Really. I blame Mathnet.


    OMG! Mathnet, I remember that. I used to watch it everyday. I was thinking about the other day and couldn't remember the name of the show. I tried asking people and they were like "What?! That sounds to strange to be real". I want to watch this again.

    Now, when I think about it, I grew up watching a lot of educational T.V. I guess it does say a lot about my interests when, I'm watching PBS specials on ancient Egypt or Greece instead of a lot of cartoons. I also watched a lot of This Old House, but with Steve as the host, fuck Bob Villa. Even today most of the television I watch is educational.
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      CommentAuthorAdmiral Neck
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2007 edited
     (104.19)
    I'm not sure I am weird, to be honest, but if I can be classed as such, I blame Daffy Duck, being treated like a freak because I wanted to read those "book" things, The Goon Show, never getting a satisfactory answer to the question "but why, for fuck's sake!", Laurie Anderson's Oh Superman, Terry Gilliam, Thelonious Monk, and growing up in a town that could never understand any of those things. Oh, and boredom. Lots and lots of brain-corrupting boredom. Never again!
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      CommentAuthorEcksearoh
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2007
     (104.20)
    Age of eleven a teacher in a little Jamaican school tried to teach me Evolutionary Creationism, but a couple of years earlier my Grandmother back in the UK had sent me copies of the Hamlyn Book of Why, The Earth Before Adam and H.G. Wells the Outline of History. I couldn't reconcile what those books said with what she was teaching, so I said "if God made the Dinosaurs then who made God", and she hit me. So right then I became an atheist, I just didn't know what an Atheist was yet.

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