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Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic tells us: "Until I pointed it out, my other half use to hang out the washing making sure that both pegs were the same colour. Now she goes out of her way to make sure they never match." Tell us about bizarre rituals, habits and OCD-like behaviour.

(, Thu 1 Jul 2010, 12:33)
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I like to sneak into other people's houses and eat their food
while wearing a fox costume. I went a bit too far last time, mind.
(, Tue 6 Jul 2010, 9:15, 1 reply)
Singing stuff backwards.
Same melody, same word order. Just the words are backwards. All together now, "Nworb lrig ni eht gnir, aart al al al al!"
(, Tue 6 Jul 2010, 9:11, Reply)
Whenever I see an episode of countdown, I feel compelled to find the rudest words I can.

Last time I watched, I scored an 8. "cunthead". Luckily I was at work at the time so had lots of people to impress with my skill. Oddly not everyone was pleased with my effort.

Well it beats finding "cat" dosen't it?
(, Tue 6 Jul 2010, 8:33, 6 replies)
Normally, I prefer watching foreign films or TV in the original language, with subtitles on. They don't really bother me, and I do it enough that I can watch something looking centre screen and still read without missing the action. But I hate yellow subtitles. Hate them with a passion, it feels like they're burning into my eyes. Sadly, I don't think they're going away any time soon. I seem to recall an interview with someone in the foreign film/TV localization business where they said there's some sort of rule or standard out there, limits releases to using white or yellow, no other colours. Still, I'd really prefer the white ones.
(, Tue 6 Jul 2010, 7:41, 6 replies)
My brother on a long.
distance drive. Every post he passes he has to say "reflector post". He says it keeps him from getting bored. After eight hours, shame it doesn't work for everyone else in the car.
(, Tue 6 Jul 2010, 6:40, Reply)
When travelling
I have a habit that tends to irritate anyone who is with me. If I'm on any sort of long trip (anything longer than 45 minutes, say), I have a tendency to fall asleep almost immediately upon boarding the bus/plane/train/family care once I've down whatever needs to be down, like showing a ticket. Then, I sleep until about 5-10 minutes before I get there, when I'll just spontaneously wake up.

I think the best example was a school trip. Slept on the two and a half hour bus ride from my school to Newark airport for the entire ride. Friend sat next to me on the plane so we could talk. I tried, but within about 10 minutes of boarding, I fell asleep almost as soon as we took off, and didn't wake up until we were circling Las Vegas, a few hours later. Got off the plane, ate lunch in the airport, and about 30 minutes after leaving the plane, we hopped on the 4.5-5 hoursish bus ride from Vegas to our hotel in Arizona. Slept almost the entire ride, with the exceptions of bathroom breaks and witty 14 year-old banter whilst waiting for the cubicle in the back of the bus to become vacant. So, after having slept for 7-8 hours the night before, I slept all day while the rest of my class was bored as hell waiting for us to get to the Grand Canyon. Did the same thing coming back too.

I still do this regularly, although I think karma has caught up with me, as I began developing/showing signs of insomnia a year or two after that Grand Canyon trip.
(, Tue 6 Jul 2010, 5:05, 1 reply)
When i drive home..
I always have to do it the way with the least amount of traffic lights as some sort of challenge. Only when going home never going from home to anywhere. This has made some journeys very very long!
(, Tue 6 Jul 2010, 3:04, Reply)
As a joke I head recently put it: I have CDO. It's like OCD except all the letters are in the right order, as they're supposed to be.
(, Tue 6 Jul 2010, 2:58, 2 replies)
I'm far too lazy to have any OCDs

(, Tue 6 Jul 2010, 2:01, 1 reply)
Gaming gone too far
My friend once told me that he'd played so much Halo that he'd find himself 'checking his motion sensor' in real life as he walked around. Of course this is only a slight movement of his eyes down towards the bottom left of his peripheral vision, or his HUD, as he called it.
(, Tue 6 Jul 2010, 0:30, 10 replies)
Yet another
Every time, I'll punch a shower curtain if I enter the bathroom and it's pulled to. You never know what might be behind it...
(, Tue 6 Jul 2010, 0:20, 2 replies)
When out for a drive no matter how short, I always find myself compelled to go and do massive drugs.

then I simply can't go home without doing rudes on the back seat with not less than two supermodels.

refuse to drive anything other than a Honda Accord Too, Weird Eh?
(, Tue 6 Jul 2010, 0:04, Reply)
i cannot sleep if any bit of me - feet, hands, anything - is hanging over the edge of the bed. i always think something awful is going to snarl up out of the dark and bite it clean off and have to wriggle around until everything is safely ensconced on the mattress. i've always been like this, just can't seem to snap out of the habit.

a few years ago i was moaning about it to my mother and she told me that when i was tiny she would come in to check on me in bed and would pounce on any stray rogue feet etc. they fuck you up your mum and dad...
(, Mon 5 Jul 2010, 23:43, 9 replies)
When I scratch, say, my left leg, I need to scratch my right leg with the other hand so it doesn't feel left out.
(, Mon 5 Jul 2010, 23:28, Reply)
Right turn Clyde.
I work for an FTSE100 company, nothing special there i hear you cry. well our company secretary (seven figure salary type) has an aversion to turning left in his company car (£100k Merc). our two office sites are 1 mile apart, it takes him 5 minutes to go between them in one direction but nearly 40 minutes to go in the other direction.

go figure huh? just shows that even stinking rich directors can be weird just like us minions...

EDIT: apologies for Teh grammar as i'm on my mobile ahe the touch screen is nay good.
(, Mon 5 Jul 2010, 23:12, 1 reply)
The wife
cant bring herself to chuck away the last two slices of bread in the bag. She then buys a new loaf and puts it on top of the festering remains of the old one and so on until there are 3 or 4 bags of stinking 'science project' going through the shades of green. No, me neither.
(, Mon 5 Jul 2010, 22:53, 2 replies)
2½ or 3 decades later...
Somewhen in my early years (around age five or six) I saw the Sherlock Holmes film "Hound of the Baskervilles" wherein the victims have their throats ripped out.

I'm forty later this month, and I still need to go to sleep lying face down.

This was to stop Them getting at my throat of course. I'd be safe if they couldn't get at my throat - eh? Not sure when I stopped being distressed at the idea, though I'd guess early teens or slightly before, but the habit was set...
(, Mon 5 Jul 2010, 22:50, 2 replies)
When someone pauses live TV
I feel very uncomfortable that the TV is somehow out of synchronization with reality and insist that they make it 'catch up'.
(, Mon 5 Jul 2010, 22:01, 2 replies)
I blame DOOM
When I was a kid I spent far too much time playing DOOM, and because I wasn't very good at it I'd quicksave every 20 seconds or so.

Now, 20 years later whenever something important or dangerous is going to happen I find myself tapping my thumb against my palm - quicksaving real life.

I'm very wary of barrels too.
(, Mon 5 Jul 2010, 21:50, 1 reply)
Airport - tickets and passports
I check, and check, and check again.

Then I make sure the bag is zipped up right, before starting again. Don't want to lose them. I probably spend 15mins out of evey hour while at the airport doing this.

Anyway, judging by you lot there must be people who lose sleep over stuff like that.
(, Mon 5 Jul 2010, 21:49, 3 replies)
I don't think I have OCD
I'm pretty sure I don't have OCD.

After all, I have read 34 books, 658 articles and 9,712 websites on OCD and related disorders, so I'd know if I had OCD.

I even made sure to read just the right amount of each type of media to make sure that when I told people I don't have OCD all of the numerals would be unique, without repeats!

I wouldn't have gone to that much effort if I didn't have OCD.
(, Mon 5 Jul 2010, 21:43, Reply)
while in a restraint harness.

Not as kinky as it sounds. I spend a fair portion of my time at height, so have to wear all the H&S gear that goes with it. Without fail, as soon as I have to put it on, I'll need a shit. So, now I've gotten into a habit of turning up to a site, filling out the paperwork, etc etc, then finding a quiet spot to nip one off before carrying on with the work at hand.

It's either that, or as one scouse lad I worked with did, dangle off the edge of the structure you're on, drop your kecks, then let fly. This doesn't make you any new friends with the ground crew.
(, Mon 5 Jul 2010, 21:43, 1 reply)
more public toilet routines
First, if possible I never use a urinal, too many people too close and their splashback getting me. Not good.

So when I'm in the cubicle I will check for bog roll, ideally this will be hanging down a bit, then I'll reach up inside and pull a few turns of the roll down, so that I don't touch bog roll that someone else's pissy fingers might have touched. I'll raise the seat if needed, providing it's not too wet, then chuck this down the bog and take my slash.

I'll then take some more clean bog roll, use it to open the cubicle door slightly so I don't touch the pissy door handle, use it to flush the bog so I don't touch the pissy cistern handle, open the door then lob the paper into the now fast flushing bog.

If it's a warm air dryer or individual paper towels I'm OK, straight to hand washing and out. If it's one of those nasty rollers, I'll wash, keep a bit of soap on the back of my hand, grip the very edge of the very top of the roller as far up as I can, pull it down, wipe my fingers using the soap then dry them off - afterwards I'll pull the roller down just a little so the next person can see clean towel, because I'm kind like that.

Oh dear, reading that back, I sound like a right nutjob! Ah well- better that than someone else's piss!

Oh and I never ever take an unwrapped sweet, crisp or similar from a bar or exhibition, as too many people don't wash their hands after using the bog.

As the guy in the pub said on Saturday night... "Wash your fingers for the mingers!".
(, Mon 5 Jul 2010, 21:31, 1 reply)
What I told myself to get over TV/ Film related fears...
The worst most of them can do is kill you. It'll hurt for a wee bit and then you won't really care.

Otherwise, you can either fight them and win or fight them and lose - but in the end you'll have to fight them.


Before that I used to always have a little nubbin of my brain that said "the Borg are hiding in that trap door in the roof of the loo" or "the monsters from Tremors are going to get you when you go in the garden".
(, Mon 5 Jul 2010, 21:19, Reply)
but not when my gf's in the car
When i come down the slip road to join the motorway I often find myself saying 'increase to attack speed' like off of starwars as I wind up to 80mph in my mighty 1.4L hatchback.
I also have to eat my veg before the rest of my meal to 'get it out of the way'.
also after I beat up Mr T I have to have amazing sex with half a dozen really HOT nymphos (added to compensate my manliness for the veg comment).
(, Mon 5 Jul 2010, 19:00, 7 replies)
Brian's arse.
My mate Brian simply cannot use any other toilet other than his home one and will regularly drive home from work in his lunch break for a dump. I once went on holiday with him to Corfu for a week and the bloke didn't shit once.
My wife tells me that this is not uncommon, as she has a couple of friends who are exactly the same. Me, I'll happily curl one by the side of a tree if I have to. When you gotta go, you gotta go...
(, Mon 5 Jul 2010, 18:15, Reply)
I read everything. However long or short and no matter where is is written.

I sometimes challenge myself to read every word on a specific product. For example I'll be having dinner and whilst eating, I'll read every part of the brown sauce bottle. If I see a paper, I have to read it cover to cover. If I see graffiti, that must be read and deciphered.

Literally. Everything.
(, Mon 5 Jul 2010, 18:00, 14 replies)
So yeah... Vocalised thoughts at odd moments.. Losing train of thought mid sentence and staring blankly at the person i'm talking to... Hearing people talking to me but not understanding what the words mean and then mumbling the words to myself in front of them to try and figure it out.. Clawing at my face when under stress.. Hoarding electrical components that became useless in 1985... Staring at road signs when driving but not taking in the important information written on it... And the worst one... Its my mums fault... I absolutely cannot leave food on my plate.. Even if I rupture my stomach... I have been late for interviews and missed trains for this and one day I picture myself being dragged out of a restaurant kicking and yelling by the police- THERE'S STILL SOME PEAS LEFT!... I am not fat and I eat really quickly so always finish before anyone else... Oh and I don't shave till I feel I need to or my GF makes me- about once a week but i'm working away at the mo... She's gonna go mad! So... Normal or not... You decide.
(, Mon 5 Jul 2010, 17:53, 6 replies)
I wish I could develop useful habits
I have to take drugs every day, can I make a habit of this? No way. Closest I get is putting it near the kettle (since tea is about the only habit I have)

Then there's cleaning things. Nope, can't get into that, either.

I suppose I put things in colour order a lot, but that's not helpful at all
(, Mon 5 Jul 2010, 17:50, Reply)
A few days ago, we cleared some turf at the side of the garden
and put down some rather nice white stone chippings. These are next to the conifers (leylandii). Before we put the stones down, I set about the conifers with a hedge trimmer, raked away the clippings, then laid the stones. So far, so ordinary. However, over the last couple of days, the clippings that have remained in the hedge are raining down onto the stone chippings. Had we got any other colour, I wouldn't have cared. But these are bright white and the hedge clippings show up clearly, mocking me. So I have to go out there on all fours collecting the bits.

With the recent high winds, it's been even worse.
(, Mon 5 Jul 2010, 17:26, Reply)

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