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AskMe: How to become an eccentric (or just look like one)

Suggest eccentricities for me to adopt | Ask MetaFilter

From a fun AskMe thread:

In my quest to become more distinctive, I'm looking for suggestions of harmless eccentricities to adopt. Who better than the MeFi hive mind to provide them? Anecdotes of eccentric folk you've known in the past welcome.

This reminds me of that stage where teenage girls randomly start to affect a terrible british accent, or when college freshmen suddenly stop wearing shoes and take up raw foods and the shakuhachi. Of course, this is not to say that I haven't had ideas of my own.

’Fess up: what was your goofiest affectation and what made you stop it?

Clarification (2006-07-15 10:20:20): The "In my quest..." portion above is a quotation from the link that is referenced; it's not actually me asking for help to (God forbid) become more eccentric. This confused some people, and, well, I regret your confusion if you have any and hope this clarification helps. -- The Management

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I saw a movie or...

I saw a movie or read a book where the main character only chewed Black Jack gum. So I went out and found a big carton of it. I proceeded to carry around a pack of gum everywhere. People would ask me for a stick of gum and I'd hand them one out my pack of 5 and they'd immediately spit it out because, frankly, there's a reason the gum is so hard to find, it tastes pretty bad. I finally gave up and threw about 10 packs into the garbage can.




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