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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Thursday Brain Teaser and she did dare....

to tag me. The nerve of that woman, just when I thought we could be friends :)

THE RULES: Each player of this game starts with the '6 weird things about you.' People who get tagged need to write a blog post of their own 6 weird things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave a comment that says 'you are tagged' in their comments and tell them to read your blog."

ok, here goes nothing:

1) I have tiny ears. I still hear well though, especially things not meant for my auditory receptors. Ask MOM!

2) Hate cutting my toenails. I usually postpone the involvement of a scissor on that thin, horny, transparent plate covering the upper surface of the end of my toe...until my socks have too many holes and can´t keep my feet warm anymore. Ok, it is not quite that bad...but there is a grain of truth in there somewhere.

3) I bite my lip when I think. It certainly doesn´t look smart! My friend thinks it is because I have a sharp tongue and I used to just blurt spicey things out before thinking. It is a protective mechanism. It is YOU I am trying to protect!

4) I have a pretty good memory. I can remember poems from first grade and recite the Prologue to Goethe´s "Faust" with high temperature and a band aid across my mouth. But ask me what I did last Wednesday around 10 and I won´t be able to tell you. Selective is what my memory is!

5) I believe in angels... I don´t wanna talk about it!

6) Onions don´t make me cry!

Tag: hmmm? *wrings hands and evil grin appears on her face*

Terry and Quilly: ´cause they did it already :)
Mom: ´cause she needs words to go with those beautiful pictures of hers
Miz B: I mean seriously...weird things? I should make it 60 points!
AL: ´Cause he keeps pulling my hair in class!
Morgan: 'cause this might stabalize him when he re-surfaces :)

...and back to our regular sceduled program: Thursday Brain Teaser: VOILA!

"In 1993, he performed in New York’s Central Park to the biggest American audience to ever attend a classical music concert. In 1968, he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in La Boheme. He has not only become a famous opera singer, but also crossed over into pop music with collaborations with Sting and U2. When not on stage, he likes to paint."

If you think you know the answer, go to the comment section and HINT!!! at it. It´s ok to be wrong, we have all been there. Give it a shot and I´ll try to guide you along this quest for more irrelevant triva!

Most of all: I´d like to thank St.Nikolaus to make it all the way over here from Germany to fill my shoe last night. He never forgets me :) Fröhlichen Nikolaus to everybody that has an ounce of Germanness within!


Posted by Minka :: 1:14 pm :: 31 Royal Subjects

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At 01:35, Blogger tsduff said...

I think he is one of "three"... and wowsa, his name sounds like a sweet Italian biscuit or something...:-D

At 01:39, Anonymous that woman said...

ps: "tiny ears" is not weird - it is a blessing. :-D

pps: cool, now we can still be friends.

At 03:39, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because its important to know that nobody's perfect, including this guy, he made a pretty awful movie in 1982, with Kathryn Harrold, called "Yes, Giorgio." Also, when he sings, he slobbers into a hanky* that he holds in his left hand. Ewwwwwww.

* For sale on eBay. Current bid: $1500.

At 06:10, Blogger Doug said...

Always good to learn a little more about you. I'm wondering with small ears whether you whistle when you have to do math. :) Hearing well and remembering well are two virtues that together amke less of a good thing. In fact, I think I'll shut up right now. Except,

A big voice doesn’t make you a winner
There’s the risk that one in three tenors
On the stage at La Scala
Will stop singing and holla
For some gnocchi to come with his dinner.

This example of dissonant rhyming is brought to you by the Society for the Self-Improvement of the Plus-Sized (SSIPS.)

At 07:03, Anonymous Freya said...

Rhymes with biscotti.

At 07:27, Blogger Doug said...

A bad rhyme can mess up your whole day.

“A famed tenor I might be,” thought he
As he stopped in the cafe and bought tea.
"But the halls of Italia,
Aren’t the places that call ya
It’s my voice in the shower that's got me."

At 13:06, Anonymous neva said...

i don't know why, but it cracks me up that his American Debut was in Miami (i never equate Miami with fabulous opera singers, but that's just me...)

still, ya gotta love a guy who'll belt out his best on Saturday Night Live alongside de-throned Miss America. (to date, he's the only opera start to appear on that show -- which is also pretty cool)

good to see you back and in your usual fabulous form, beautiful Penguin! i've missed you. xoxo

At 13:53, Anonymous al said...

Hey Doug -- now that they can't dunk 'em in water any more, they read limericks like that to the guys at Gitmo to get them to talk.

(You're right, I'm jealous.)

At 14:07, Blogger QuillDancer said...

He holds a place in the Guiness Book of World Records for receiving the most curtain calls ever -- 165.

At 14:11, Blogger QuillDancer said...

Nice to have you back, Minka! Sorry I didn't get here the second your post came up but I've barely had time to visit anywhere these last couple of days.

Thanks for the post-production tag. That's the best way to be "it." And I believe in angels, too.

At 17:11, Blogger Biene said...

I would like for once to use Minkas blog to advertise mine. Pictures from Iceland and weird things about me.
Maybe I would know who this man in Minkas blog is... but hint? I think he is quite fat :)

At 18:28, Anonymous brian said...

Welcome back Minka. Very neat meme, thanks for the info.

His initials are the same as the pressed vinyl disks that once contained his voice.

At 20:33, Blogger snavy said...

you really aren't that weird

At 23:08, Blogger Fred said...

Is it okay if I just pop in and say hi today? My brain is fried from a long day.

At 00:51, Blogger Minka said...

Terry, he indeed is one of the three...and yes, now we are friends again...all wate runder the bridge ;)

Al, give the guy a break. in iceland they donæt even use handkerchiefs, put just suck it right back up through teh nose. Which option do you prepare?

Doug, there can be dissonanz in harmony. This wa snot one of its better examples :) Nice to see you are still alive, kicking and limericking :)

freya, it sure does rhyme with biscotti! Although a bot more syllables wouldn't you say? And welcome!

Doug, give us a break...aehm vacation I mean!

neva, I misse dyou too. So much and as I mentioned on teh snark...I finished all my obligations for this year and now I´ll be lazy and growing bigger in my chair and inflicting bad eye sight on me by starring at the screen too hard :) many a good hint from you, as per usual :)

AL, not only your toes, but also your ears are quite green right now!

quilly, i wish I knew what a curtain call was. has it to do with shades, or drapes? Puzzled minds need to know! And Quilly i was off for a week, I hardly cna scream at you for not making it an hour earlier;)

MOM, I shoudl have put up a link a long time ago...youa re doing so well and those pictures are breath taking. I am awfully proud! And Mom we donæt say fat around here, horizontally expanded is ok though :)

Brian, that was a very good hint *claps*

terry, youa re stoked? Doe sthat mean you support an English second devision football team now??? LOL

Snav, I know. Just cute beyond reason :)

Fred, it is always lovely to see you avatar. Take it easy though and a wonderful Christmas season to you!

At 02:15, Anonymous Anonymous said...

His last name begins with the same three letters as the guy who got dogs to drool.

At 04:11, Blogger SquareGirl said...

The first and only opera singer to sing on Saturday Night Live.

Oh, and I believe in angels too!

At 07:14, Blogger Minka said...

goldennib, that would be absolutely correct! WEll done *applauds*

Square, I knew you would and I almost thought of tagging you, but then I didn´t. I guess, what with Christmas just around the corner, I reached deep within and pulled out nice Minka :)

At 09:36, Blogger Biene said...

tsduff I tank you for visiting my place:)
Minka: that expression I like. Will you please use it on me next time instead of.. you know?

At 14:53, Anonymous al said...

I took the "weird" tag and posted yesterday, Minka. You hardly know me, but, still, you can probably think of a few things I overlooked.

At 16:39, Blogger O Ceallaigh said...

Nice Minka? You mean I can turn in that purple paint for some more understated hue? Like, maybe something in "suntan"?

As your mom said, your subject is fa .. horizontally challenged. How big is he? Well, one day a producer asked for "three tenors" and he said "Yes?" Domingo is trying to keep up, but Carreras is seriously in jeopardy of vanishing from shot and stage.

At 18:47, Blogger Kyahgirl said...

of course you have small ears...you're a penguin.
A penguin with blood running down the front of her face. That lip biting thing sounds painful MInka.

we have to talk about angels some day.

At 05:50, Blogger SquareGirl said...

you are a benevolent queen!

and what did St. Nikolaus fill your shoe with? And how could anyone ever forget you??

At 18:23, Blogger Miz BoheMia said...



Oh, PHEW! Jokes on you cause I did this before so to see it go here and here....

Onions DON'T make you cry??? Pfffft... not fair I tell you! They make me bawl! Like I don't cry enough already dammit!

Ay caramba! What have you done to me with this post????

At 19:35, Blogger IDiveAtNight said...

Tag, I'm it! (This sucks. I feel obligated to play.)

I've got not hints. I'll just say that my dad tortured me with this man's singing my whole childhood. Now if you'd chosen on of the other two tenors, that would have been a brain teaser!

FYI, Bonaire is Beautiful! 40 dives and 32 hours underwater thus far!!! :-P

At 01:53, Blogger AP3 said...

I hate cutting my toenails, too... and I bite my lip when I'm concentrating hard. Good list!

At 18:14, Blogger Doug said...

Al, no reason to be jealous. I'm sure your posts could be used for torture, too!

Minka, herzlichen Grüßen aus Deutschland. Ich habe ganz schwerig versucht und gesucht und kann nicht ein andere Minka finden. Es muß nur eine geben. Ja, mein Deutsch ist nicht besser.

At 06:59, Blogger Logophile said...

He got in big trouble for tax evasion in his native land.
Much more serious offense for the rich and famous, you know!

Merry Christmas, Miss Minka!

At 18:01, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've known who this is since I was about 7. Thanks, Dad!

At 03:42, Blogger Doug said...

Minka, don't go into the light.

At 12:39, Blogger Minka said...

Mom, what are you talking about, I always look at you with my admiring daughter´s eyes...except when you spill stuff or run into things or simply are teasing me!

Al, I will finally make it around to blogs as of today :) Canæt wait to see your weirdness, which I never doubted for a sec!

Oc...correct. I like Carrera´s voice very much though!

kyah, we sure do. Can I bring them along?

"I see angles!"
"When do you see them?"
*creepy voice*"All the time!"

square, true! I got a pack of cards and chocolates and a branch of a Christmas tree. Then I went upstairs into the kitchen and put some nuts and an orange on top of that. The perfect St.Nikolaus shoe!

Miz B. I knew you did this one, besides every of your post is a celebration of this :)

Morgan, stop compplaining! Do the tag and I remember you stumbled on one or two of my Brain teasers...I just wanted to make you feel good about yourself ;)

AP3, two greta minds ey? :)

Doug, ich bin einzigartig and your German was always good to begin with!

Logo, Hi*waves*. Lovely Season to you too :) Did he now? Interesting!

Diesel, parents ey? Canæt live with them and can´t throw them out either :)

Doug, jolly good, you are back! *rolls eyes*


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