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Ten Things That You May Have Memed About

A meme I picked up from jaylake , who cites John Scalzi and Maryrobinettekowal as his sources: 10 things I've done that you probably have not.

1)      Had a haiku read on national Danish radio.

2)      Wrote a master's thesis on the Romans' German policy 58 BC to 98 AD

3)      Had a case of the runs in a mosque basement toilet in a suburb of Teheran on a Friday.

4)      Was filmed by a local TV station while learning to drive, without my teacher in the car but with the handbrake pulled.  

5)      Was threatened with being thrown out from an art exhibit for inventive kissing.

6)      Spent much of a Christmas Day on a children's cancer ward.

7)      Stopped the actor Søren Hauch Fausbøll from making off with my red editing pen.

8)      Saved 30 salamanders and young frogs from drying out by moving them to a new habitat.

9)      Swept several lupines with a broom, destroying the symmetry of an otherwise perfect garden.

10)   Written an advertising brochure for a state prison.

What did you do?

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asakiyume
Jan. 1st, 2011 02:04 pm (UTC)
Yes, no. 10 is intriguing! How do prisons advertise, and to whom?
jakobdrud
Jan. 1st, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
The inmates (drunk drivers and non-violent small-timers) needed meaningful work to keep them occupied and help them find new jobs when they got back out. So basically the brochure outlined what kind of jobs they could do at the prison and how it would help the inmates later. The brochures went out to the local town and relevant businesses.
asakiyume
Jan. 1st, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
But whom is the brochure addressing, and to what end? Is it addressing the town, to try to persuade the town to let the prison be built there? Or... do the prisoners have the choice of choosing the prison they go to? But I can't believe that would be true--but maybe it is? In which case, is the brochure addressing them, to get them to choose them?
jakobdrud
Jan. 1st, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
The prison was already there, and no, it was not an attempt to draw in new customers ('Stay in our wonderful facilities' - now there's a challenge for any copywriter who pretends to like honesty ;-) )

And your next comment just popped in, and you're absolutely right. Mostly it targeted businesses who wanted work done like basic furniture assembly, rough carpentry and farming. Esp. wanted people to know the work was supervised by professional craftsmen who assured a good quality.
asakiyume
Jan. 1st, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, wait, my husband explained to me: the brochure is to get local businesses to accept the prisoners for their work, yes?


(Forgive me for being so dense!)
asakiyume
Jan. 1st, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
No. 5 is wonderful ^_^

So are 6 and 8, in another way.
jakobdrud
Jan. 1st, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
I like no. 5 too ;-) It was a special exhibit of pre-columbian gold treasures from South America. This was rare stuff, so there were several custodians along. I guess at least one of them had higher standards of propriety than Danish custodians.
kara_gnome
Jan. 1st, 2011 03:16 pm (UTC)
I think I need more details for #5. Just saying... ;p

Yes, #10 raises a *lot* of questions.

Great one, I enjoyed this :)
jakobdrud
Jan. 1st, 2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
Heh, my wife read #5 and claimed we were only snogging... We'd just met each other and we were both history students, so a special guest exhibit of ancient South American gold appealed to us. Apparently it didn't hold our attention as much as the custodian would have liked. He was from Columbia or Equador IIRC and probably had a bit of a cultural shock that day ;-)
bogwitch64
Jan. 1st, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
Well, that's some pretty strange stuff. :)


jakobdrud
Jan. 2nd, 2011 07:26 pm (UTC)
It was fun remembering stuff for this list. I lead a pretty quiet life, but as the list shows it never becomes quite dull.

Happy new year to you too!
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