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Today I discovered I am on a list of famous people who have dyslexia. This made me happy, not only because I am in good company, but because the lits si alphabetical os I ma no otp.

http://hometownhollywood.com/2008/09/70-famous-dyslexics/#comment-87


I don't understand why having something in common with famous folks is supposed to make people feel good, but it does. Heck, it worked for me, and I'm on the list. So I tried to reproduce the feeling by seeing what other lists I am on. I found a few surprises. I listed them at the bottom.

This made me think that a good web site would be "famous people who are like you." It could start with famous people who have the same birthday, graduated from your school, once lived in your town, have the same sort of dog, watch the same TV shows, had your same profession at one time, committed the same crimes, are the same height, played the same instruments or sports, and so on. If you are like me, you will feel comforted knowing there are lots of famous people who have things in common with you. It's a shallow feeling, but a good feeling nonetheless.

The website would be extra cool if you could paste your own photo into the list of famous people, and create a web page, or print it out. Someone please go build that website.

Here are some more of the lists I discovered that include me.


Famous Mac Users (I switched to Windows years ago.)


http://www3.bc.sympatico.ca/greenacres/macusers.htm



Famous Unitarians (even though I have never been one)


http://www.unitarian.co.za/famous_unitarian_universalists.html



Famous Mensans (I stopped paying dues in the eighties)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Mensans



Famous Vegetarians


http://www.happycow.net/famous_vegetarians.html



Famous Economics Majors


http://www.marietta.edu/~ema/econ/famous.html



There is not yet a list of famous people who are CostCo members, but I could be on that list too:


http://www.costco.com/Service/FeaturePage.aspx?ProductNo=11023465

 
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Oct 4, 2008
Dyslexia usually have a higher IQ. If Mommy and Daddy have money they find something that is doable (like be a US President) with what they have. If not, they can't do anything in this this modern world that pays, get treated badly and have a hard life. Many of the not dumb criminals have a higher IQ and have dyslexia. Their life made them mean.
 
 
Sep 30, 2008
before I start I better explain my step-kids are dyslexic so I know it is for real.

but you know that email thing that did the rounds a while back where if you get the 1st and last letters correct all the other letters can be jumbled up and the brain still reads the sentance - how does that fit in with dyslexia then??

to prove what i just said - but you konw taht eiaml tnhig taht did the rdunos a wlhie bcak wehre if you get thw 1st and lsat ltreets cercret all the ohetr.......
 
 
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Sep 30, 2008
Your list made me disappointed about not being dyslexic. Then I read a comment from a nice guy that Einstein was not dyslexic. I decided that the commenter was right and the post was wrong (this might be related to yesterday's blog). So, there's at least one person on that list who I have something in common with...especially something related to brain activity.
That being said, feel free to point out any spelging mistakes in this comment. I can't wait to join the list.
 
 
Sep 29, 2008
@KevinKunreuther asks "Costco? What's wrong with Sam's Club? (Must be the convenience ...)"

I used to love WalMart. They were the first ones to bring decent prices to rural America. I belonged to TWC in Fort Wayne, which was bought by Sam's Club in the 1980s, and I continued going to Sam's when I moved to Columbus, Ohio in the 1990s.

Both Sam's and WalMart became a lot more user-hostile since Sam Walton died, and I now avoid both stores when I can. WalMart has generic insulin for $21, everyone else charges $35, and WalMart has cryovac packer brisket, which nobody else sells, but those two items are all I ever go to WalMart for. I joined Costco when I moved to Lancaster, PA, because I needed new tires, and was surprised and overjoyed that they acted as if they welcomed my trade, so I kept buying stuff there.

And I can easily pay for my membership just with the savings on gasoline. I've never run across a Sam's Club that sells gasoline.

Consumer Reports says Costco is better for groceries (better perishables), electronics and small appliances (lower prices), and eyeglasses (better service), and Sam's Club has a better return policy for electronics.
 
 
Sep 29, 2008
THE ECONOMY.

I know, I know that was last week. The "$700 billion bailout" was not approved today and the stock market totally tanked. Something has to be done to climb out of this mess before we sink to the bottom, wherever that is and we might already be there and it's too late to recover.

The bailout was to reward those who made all the horrible subprime loans to unqualified borrowers because real estate values kept going out of sight. People were getting invitations for credit cards in the mail each day and soon maxed them out, and then refinanced their houses to pay off the credit cards, so they could go out and do it again.

There has to be accountability for mistakes like that and the wrong way to resolve it is to give $700 billion to the people who caused the mess to begin with. How about we do this from the bottom up and not the top down. Remember Reagan's "trickle down" economics? It was really "piss on you." How about we do this from the bottom up?

My thesis: The bailout goes to pay 50% of people's mortgages and other debt. That would mean maybe those in danger of losing their homes might be able to meet their payments, thus averting foreclosure and repossessions of their cars and toys. Those who are not in trouble would then have disposable income to add to the economy (have a Merry Christmas everyone). Housing prices would drop because of the injection of bailout funds, therefore those who wish to buy a house might qualify for new financing, such as returning Iraq war veterans. A 50% reduction for outstanding student loans would allow those who are burdened with them could be able to buy a home.

Mostly, those who are struggling to make ends meet so they can feed their families, heat their homes, and pay the mortgage would get the direct benefit rather than the CEOs of the finance industry who are directly responsible for causing this mess.

How about we "trickle up"?


Jerry
 
 
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Sep 29, 2008
This reminds me of that website that you put a photo in and it tells you who you look like:
http://www.myheritage.com/face-recognition
Why isn't anyone beating down my door to put me in movies if I look like those guys?
 
 
Sep 29, 2008
Scott: I wanted you to know you've just been added to the prestigious "List of People Who are on Lists".
 
 
Sep 29, 2008
hahahaha, you got a good idea for low-self-steam people or for people who feel hopelessly different

by the way, is there a list of people who TYPE as if they were dislexic? or the peopel who have the worst handwritting?... cuz i would fit rigth there easily
XD
 
 
Sep 29, 2008
Perhaps what really makes people feel good is knowing they have something (particularly a problem or shortcoming) in common with _someone_, and since you're fairly unlikely to find out that a random person selected from the Moline, Illinois phone directory has that problem, finding out that a famous person has it satisfies the "I'm not alone" feeling. I consider myself a very rational person, and rationally I know that no problem or shortcoming I face is unique in human history, but still, finding out that a specific, named individual has it too makes me feel better. I guess it's part of human nature or socialization.
 
 
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Sep 29, 2008
Scott you are too funny!
 
 
Sep 29, 2008
It's funny you should mention dyslexia today. I just found out that I too have dyslexia when a few days ago I got into a shouting match with the meat market manager at out local grocery store about the selling meat from an endagered species. Lion chops indeed, they should be ashamed.
 
 
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Sep 29, 2008
You must have noticed this as well, but you are on the same list as George Bush (both father and son)!!!

-Javier Ibañez
 
 
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Sep 29, 2008
And the next list you'll show up on is a list of people who don't care if they're listed on lists!

I'm sure me and Scott have many things in common - well, aside from the fact that he probably has a room full of hundred dollar bills that he swims around in naked, and is more popular and respected then I am - but in the context of wondering why people care if they are somehow 'like' another famous person, we're alike.

It makes my day. Really, it does.

Actually, more people probably relate to Dilbert than they do to Scott. He seems more realistic. (If you are real, i'm just kidding! Don't have me killed.)

Why do people do this? Hard to say. Some people are utterfly fascinated by any kind of odd information like that, and others simply have low self-esteem and feel that if they aren't going to be rich and famous at least they can find out if they are like people who are. It's the curse that alot of poorer people have (and believe me, I am definently in this category myself) to try to find people who did manage to make it big, despite having a rough start. It makes them feel like they were just unlucky. It's easier to deal with emotionally that way.

Not to miss out on any bandwagon, I'm going to start my own list of famous people that are apathetic bastards. Here it is:

 
 
Sep 29, 2008
Nice list of accomplished people. Now I want to be dyslexic even moer.
 
 
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Sep 29, 2008
What does an agnostic, dyslexic, insomniac do?

Lie awake at night wondering if there really is a dog.
 
 
Sep 29, 2008
You might have trouble with 12-step groups. That is, "famous members of Alcoholics Anonymous", etc.

Myself, I'm thinking about setting up a "Costco Members Anonymous". It's a great place to buy eggs and bottled water on the cheap, and great meat at moderate prices, but I can't seem to set foot in the place without spending at least $100. That's too much money, when all I stopped in for was a package of 3 dozen eggs and a 35-bottle case of bottled water.

 
 
Sep 29, 2008
I wonder how you got on the Unitarian list. Did someone just think you sound like you should be one? Or did you go once with a friend or out of curiosity and got noticed and the rumor became true by repetition?
 
 
Sep 29, 2008
you are onto something here.

can i steal your idea? i don't belong to the internet business and neither am i an etrepreneur, but i kinda like to have the feeling that a good idea is somehow mine.

 
 
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Sep 29, 2008
Well, I can't quite give you your web site, but I think I got pretty darned close, as Casey Kasem used to say. Here's a site that lets you compare how tall you are with all kinds of famous people.

http://www.ringophone.com/tallornot.asp?tab=4&type=freebies&refid=TallorNot2
 
 
Sep 29, 2008
One of the great things about this idea is that you can easily get people to admit to all kinds of things they wouldn't put on a survey and you can sell that data for cash. Imagine, you have a questionaire that people fill out so they could find their "celebrity matches". People will have their guard down so you could see them admitting to, for instance, having hemorroids. You then take the list of email addresses of people with hemorroids and sell to Preparation H for big bucks. This is just one example, I'm sure there are many others.
 
 
 
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