5 Things That Blew My Mind

5 Things That Blew My Mind

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve discovered that you think things are a certain way as a child and learn that they are quite the opposite as you get older. Here are some things I’ve been completely wrong about:

  1.  I didn’t realize I was spelling the word ‘different’ (I spelled it ‘diffrent’. Classy, I know.)incorrectly until my senior year in high school (which just goes to show you how messed up the public education system is if none of my english teachers pointed this out). I also discovered I have pronounced the words ‘jaguar’ (I say ‘jag-guire’) and ‘Yahoo.com’ (I say ‘yeahhoo’) incorrectly. However, I still say them incorrectly due to my stubborness and love for Texas accents.
  2. For years I thought the GoGos were singing “I’m a s-seal!” instead of “Our lips are sealed”. Consequently, my mind was blown.
  3. I thought Oprah was white until 4th grade. I was very confused when my teacher assigned her to me as my Black History Month project. In my defense, she has very light skin.
  4. I had a personal vendetta against The Beatles because I thought they were posers who just copied the Monkees. Turns out it was the other way around. After being forced to watch ‘The Yellow Submarine’, the Beatles quickly became my all-time favorite band. (Though I still love the Monkees)
  5. I was a hard-core goodie-two-shoes growing up and had not allowed myself to watch Boy Meets World because I thought it was too inappropriate for my age group. Fast forward 10 years: Last summer I woke up at 6 a.m. for my internship and watched an episode every week day. I can’t believe I deprived myself from years of good, solid advice from Mr. Feeny!

    Also, as much as I love this Harry Potter, I can’t help but see some similarities:
    Tapanga = Hermione
    Feeny = Dumbledore minus the whole he dies part
    Cory = Ron
    Eric = both the Weasley twins combined
    Shawn = Harry. He’s basically an orphan, mooches off Cory’s family, and is highly sensitive/emotional.

    And apparently, I’m not the only one who sees this:

Literary Speed Dating Part II: Neville Longbottom

Literary Speed Dating Part II: Neville Longbottom


ME: Hi Neville! How are you?

NEVILLE: I’m doing quite well, thanks. How ’bout yourself?

ME: I’m great, thanks for asking. So let’s get this interview started, shall we?


ME: Well, first, I just want to say thanks for slaying Nagini with the sword of Gryffindor and thus saving all of us from Lord Voldemort.

NEVILLE: You’re very welcome.

ME: So when you were at Hogwarts, you kept forgetting the passwords to the Gryffindor common room, thus causing many of your house mates to get very angry with you.

NEVILLE: Yeah, that blasted Sir Cadogan kept changing them so frequently I couldn’t remember them. I tried to write them down but I kept losing the paper…

ME: Well, I’ve taken the liberty of setting up a twitter account for the common room (@GryffindorCM) so the passwords can be sent directly to your phone! You’ll never forget them again!

NEVILLE: Thanks! That will come in handy seeing as I’m now the Head of Gryffindor House.

ME: Oh yes, I forgot. You teach Herbology there, correct?

NEVILLE: Yes, yes I do. I’ve always loved Herbology.

ME: Yeah.. almost too much. So let me ask the question everyone is thinking but is too afraid to ask, why in the world are you not a Hufflepuff? I mean, really?

NEVILLE: *hearty chuckle* Well, I guess the Sorting Hat saw qualities deep within me that I never even saw myself. It was only until Snape and the Death Eaters took over Hogwarts that I really began to feel like a true Gryffindor.

ME: So what was the first thing you thought when you crawled through the tunnel in the Room of Requirement, opened a hatch, and saw Harry, Hermione, and Ron staring back at you?

NEVILLE: Well, thankfully, I had just been thinking, “I really need a long tunnel with a hinged door that will take me to the Hog’s Head and I really need Harry, Ron, and Hermione to be on there with Aberforth”. Who knew the Room of Requirement was so specific.

ME: wow.. that very convenient! So how is your wife? You married Hannah Abbott, correct?

NEVILLE: We did marry and she’s great. She now own’s the Leaky Cauldron. We live above it.

ME: and isn’t she a Hufflepuff?

NEVILLE: why yes she is. Why?

ME: Oh no reason… *cough*Cloest Hufflepuff*cough*. So how’s Trevor?

NEVILLE: He’s great. He settled down with one of my old classmate’s toads and has about 300 children.

ME: aw, that’s great.