Friday 5 for June 24: Scattergories, Part 6

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It’s the fourth Friday in June, which means it’s time for our annual Scattergories Five! My favorite Five of the year! (Yes; we’ve done them on the third Friday in June the past few years, but the fourth works better for me).

We first did them in 2009, and revisited them in 2012, in 2013, in 2014, and last year. If you never did those, and if these five questions seem not to be enough, feel free to add those questions to this week’s.

This week’s 5 is inspired by the party game Scattergories, in which players have to think of items, all beginning with the same letter, in several categories. For example, if the die is rolled and shows the letter T, players might have to name a soft drink, a farm animal, a river, and a U.S. President, all beginning with T. Valid answers might be Tab, turkey, Tennessee, and Tyler.

First, go to this nifty online random-letter generator. Set the “number of random letter sequences to generate” to 1. Set the “length of each random letter sequence” to 1. Leave the “letters to choose from” how it is and click the button. You’ll get a rather non-dramatic one letter. Use that letter to begin all your answers to the 5 questions below.  If you’d like to avoid difficult letters, feel free to change the “letters to choose from” list.  I’ll only judge you a little bit.  🙂

Alternately, if you find that boring, you could set the “length of each random letter sequence” to 5, thereby giving you five letters, a different one for each question.

What random letter was generated by the online random-letter generator (this doesn’t really count as one of your five questions)?

  1. What brand or model of car, whose name begins with the letter, would you like to get?
  2. What summer activity, whose name begins with the letter, are you looking forward to?
  3. What’s an item in your desk whose name begins with the letter?
  4. What’s something, whose name begins with the letter, that you find frightening?
  5. If you had to get a tattoo on your upper arm, what’s something whose name begins with the letter that you could live with?

Thanks for participating.  This week marks not only my favorite Friday 5 of the year, but the conclusion of our tenth year of doing this.  Next week’s five questions will mark the occasion.  Here’s to ten more years!

Friday 5 for June 17: A Week of Good Behavior

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  1. What’s the dumbest thing you did this week?
  2. In what way did you save yourself time or energy this week?
  3. How were you wasteful of personal and natural resources this week?
  4. When this week did you take advantage of the opportunity to keep your mouth shut?
  5. In what way this week were you blessed or fortunate?

Thanks for participating, and have a wonderful weekend!  We’re doing our annual Scattergories next week, and I haven’t written the categories yet, so if a good one leaps to mind, please put it in your comments below!  <3

Friday 5 for June 10: Drama

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  1. What was the last stage play you saw?
  2. Which film genres do you like most, and which least?
  3. Why do some people seem always to have some kind of drama in their lives, while others apparently have very little?
  4. One element of classic tragedy is the hero’s tragic flaw.  What’s yours?
  5. What are some lines of a play’s or film’s dialogue you can recite from memory?

Thanks for participating, and have a happy weekend!

Friday 5 for June 3: WordPlay

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  1. What’s a five-letter word describing the day you had today?
  2. What’s a six-letter word, ending with N, describing your plans for the weekend?
  3. What seven words describe the last in-person conversation you had?
  4. How would you make an acrostic of the letters in SUMMER to describe your hopes for the summer?
  5. What three rhyming words describe your most recent vacation?

Thanks for participating, and have a glorious weekend!

Friday 5 for May 27: Good and Bad

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Sorry about last week.  I’ve recently been trying to support myself solely on my freelance writing (after nearly twenty years in education), and I had trouble covering the web hosting bill.  I think it’s under control now, and I’ve picked up some regular work for the next several months.  Yay.  Last week’s questions were posted a few hours before my service was suspended, so if these question stink, please feel free to do those instead.

  1. What’s good and what’s bad about the weather lately?
  2. What’s something that’s so bad it’s good?
  3. What’s something that used to be bad but now is good?
  4. What are some of your pet words for very bad and very good?
  5. What’s your favorite song by Bad Company (or Good Charlotte, if BadCo isn’t your style)?*

Thanks for participating, and have a goooooooood weekend, and all the world will love you just as long as you are a shooting star!

  • or Bad Brains?  or Benny Goodman? or Badfinger? or the Be Good Tanyas?

Friday 5 for May 20: Coverage

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  1. What do your bed linens look like, right now?
  2. What’s the most you’ve spent on something you use as protection for something expensive?
  3. What does your nicest coat look like?
  4. What was the most recent cheese-covered (or chocolate-covered, if you prefer) dish you enjoyed?
  5. What’s something for which you often forget (or choose not) to replace the cover?

Thanks for participating, and have a lovely weekend!

Friday 5 for May 13: How Did You Learn That?

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  1. How did you learn to throw a ball?
  2. How did you learn to drive?
  3. How did you learn to swim?
  4. What is the most recent thing you learned how to do from an online tutorial?
  5. How did you learn most of your social etiquette?

Thanks for participating, and have a lovely weekend!

Friday 5 for May 6: Dexterity

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  1. How skilled are you with a chef’s knife?
  2. How skilled are you with chopsticks?
  3. How skilled are you with a hammer?
  4. How skilled are you with a corkscrew?
  5. How skilled are you with a needle and thread?

Thanks for participating, and have a fantastic weekend!

Friday 5 for April 29: Scene a Good Film Lately?

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  1. What’s your favorite dancing scene in a movie?
  2. What’s your favorite chase scene in a movie?
  3. What’s your favorite courtroom scene in a movie?
  4. What’s your favorite kissing scene in a movie?
  5. What’s your favorite scene in a non-musical movie where the characters spontaneously break into song?

Thanks for participating, and have a cinematic weekend!

Friday 5 for April 22: Happy Birthday to the Upstart Crow

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coat-of-armsTomorrow is the generally assumed birthday of William Shakespeare, based on records of his baptism and the traditions of the time.  We celebrated the Bard’s birthday last year and six years ago, so if you find these questions less than satisfying, try those instead.  Links in the questions go to attributions in Barlett’s Familiar Quotations*.  Shout-out to Kimberly, who six years ago answered her questions in (rhymed!) iambic pentameter.

  1. If brevity is the soul of wit, how witty are you?
  2. When did you last play fast and loose with the truth?
  3. When did the green-eyed monster last rear its head?
  4. What has often required you to screw your courage to the sticking place?
  5. What’s a custom that you have found more honor’d in the breach than the observance? **

Thank you for participating, and may your weekend be as merry as the day is long!

* For those disinclined to link-clicking (I don’t blame you!): HamletLove’s Labor’s LostOthelloMacbeth, and Hamlet (questions 1 through 5 in that order).  Shout-out to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast on question 4!

** This phrase is often misused, according to this enlightening piece in the NYT.  Hamlet was saying that it was more honorable to breach (that is, violate) the local custom of carousing than to follow it.  It’s usually used to mean “more often broken than followed” or something like that.  Answer the question whichever way works for you, but I like Hamlet’s meaning.