March 17, 2013

One of These Facts is Actually a Lie

You can go to The Big Reveal post to find out who our winner is. Congratulations and thanks to everyone for playing along.

I think this is a good time for you to get to know me a little bit. Though instead of doing a Q&A or blather on about myself I thought I'd do something different. Here are 18 main points and 5 sub-points that are all facts about me - except one.

To make it interesting I am asking you to guess which one of these is a complete lie. Until 23:59:59 on March 31st I will be accepting guesses, and if at that time I have 10 or more guesses I will reveal the lie and someone will win stuff!

First, the prize: 
  • (Up to) 10 digital downloads from Andrew's Alphabet
    • Free for you to use however you want, as many times as you want (provided you do not resell them or use them for any commercial purposes). 
    • I will also include the story behind each image. One paragraph per picture about how I came to get the picture in my collection.
Next, the rules:
  • In the section below enter your email and other relevant information (it will NEVER be given out to anyone or seen by anyone but myself)
  • For your comment simply put down the number (and sub-number, if applicable) of the statement you think is FALSE (e.g. #4-2 or #7 or #18-1). Feel free to actually comment too!
  • You may only guess once
  • You may only pick one statement (i.e. if you select #4 you have picked that statement and not all the statements below it)
  • On April 1st if I have received at least 10 guesses...
    • ...and one person has guessed correctly - I will award them the prize
    • ...and more than one person guessed correctly - I will award the prize using a random draw including just the correct guessers
    • ...and no one has guessed correctly - I will award the prize using a random draw including everyone who has guessed
  • Once the winner is declared they will have until April 15th to visit Andrew's Alphabet and select up to 10 letters. I will send you an email and you can just reply with your choices and I will send you the images (Note: all images are suitable for printing in 4x6, many will print much larger)
Those who know me (or who have been paying attention) will know for certain some of the truths. Don't spoil it for others! Just comment with your guess and see what some other people think :)

Without further delay. Here are the facts (and one lie):
  1. I have scored a game winning goal at Maple Leaf Gardens
  2. I have assisted Penn & Teller on stage with one of their tricks (Mofo the Psychic Gorilla)
  3. I have been paid as a freelance writer to provide original content to a video game
  4. I have had a 1 minute conversation and spoken five scripted words on a nationally broadcasted television show (US and Canada) 
    1. The episode aired more than once and I have been recognized by at least one complete stranger for this appearance
    2. It was 20 years before I saw it
  5. I have played, and won, hockey games on both the 1932 and 1980 Olympic hockey rinks in Lake Placid New York 
  6. I have had a 500 word anecdote selected for inclusion in a Darwin Awards book
    1. In the first printing (hard cover) they incorrectly spelled my name
  7. I have stood in the room where Winston Churchill was born
  8. One summer in Europe was spent working as a groundskeeper for a Canadian embassy
  9. I have had a 5000 word short story selected for inclusion (and soon to be published) in an anthology
  10. I have appeared as a street fighting bum in a rap music video
  11. I have eaten snake soup
  12. I was once qualified to instruct both flat water canoeing and small vessel sailing
  13. I once stayed awake for over 100 consecutive hours
  14. I have appeared in a TV commercial for a financial institution (singing & texting - but no talking)
  15. I have been a teacher's assistant for English as a Second Language children (ages 6-10) with behavioural problems
    1. This job was a block away from the most crime riddled area of Canada's largest city
  16. I have broken or cracked the following bones: toe beside the big one on the left foot, left foot, left ankle, left tibia, left arm (radius AND ulna), left pinky and middle fingers (separate breaks), several ribs, right ankle, right wrist, right pinky finger, nose, head (stiches), and brain (more than 4 concussions)
  17. I have driven my car to the publicized geographic longitudinal center of Canada
  18. Last year of high school I did not take notes or use anything but a pencil to write assignments/tests in Calculus.  I got 94%.  Last year of university I studied more for my Calculus 3 course than any other subject.  I got 51%
    1. In school, we covered in 3 lectures (9 hours) what took Isaac Newton over 20 years to uncover and write down (granted, he had other things going on).
~ Andrew


  1. #11. I can picture you doing lots of things, but eating snake isn't one of them.

  2. Yay, my comments are working! Thanks for replying, Susan. Good luck in the contest :)

  3. 13 (mostly a random guess, cuz I can def see you doing damned near all of them on the list, esp #11 just for the pure hell of it) :)

    1. Thanks Karla. Thirteen is my lucky number! That may or may not mean anything ;)

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  5. Gak on snake soup. I'm going with #10, not because I don't think you're fully capapble of playing a street bum in a rap video, but it seems to lack the zestful detail of the others. Great to read more about you here!! Totally interesting.

    1. "Zestful detail", I like that. My friend read over the list and commented that some were more descriptive than others and some had sub-points and some didn't. I like how it's a mix of this-and-that so you can't really pinpoint any one of them for any one reason. Thanks for guessing!

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    1. Couldn't read through the whole list? ;) Thanks for guessing Christina!

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    1. Thanks for the guess! My first hockey number was 12 - it was also the only year my team won the championship :)

  8. I am so torn.
    Between 7,11,and 13.
    #7 seems so random. But totally possible, who knows.
    #11 is just BLECH. But you take dares, as I well know.
    #13 seems impossible. But having suffered several concussions, what if they made you do this as part of recovery or something far-fetched like that?
    My gut says go with #7, but I'm going to officially guess #13 because 100 hours is a long. damn. time.

    1. Thanks for the guess, Jen, even if it did take you a paragraph of thinking out loud to provide it ;)

  9. I'm voting for #11 as the false one.

    1. Thanks for visiting, Gordon. Your guess has been duly noted. New blog post every week so come on back (some of them are even good!) :)

  10. I'm going for #12, even though I can totally picture you all dressed up with khaki pants, an argyle vest, and perhaps even an ascot!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Laurie. Your guess has been officially registered :)

  11. I'm guessing #8. If true, I may need to start calling you "Groundskeeper Butters" to fulfill I say too much??? *snicker*

    1. Wait until you see my grooming techniques ;) Thanks for stopping by and voting.

  12. I say #18... only because I don't believe anyone can get grades like that in high school math. At least I didn't...... and plus, dSavannah told me to come play the game and I'd hate to let her down.

    1. Well I thank you for playing along, Brandi. I'll put up a post with some stories behind the choices (and the winner) in a few days!

  13. I cannot imagine waiting 20 years to see a video I was in, so I vote #4-2.

    1. Thanks for visiting (and guessing!) K.D. Just a couple more days until the big reveal!

  14. #7 Winston Churchill wasn't born. He was hatched. ;)

    1. Thanks for stopping by and guessing, Greg. I appreciate your take on how Winston Churchill came into existence :)

  15. I'm going with #17 because I don't think there are any roads in Canada (at least in that area). And for the record - I didn't do all that well in calc 3 either - I think your brain has to be wired funny in order to understand it.

    1. Thanks for the guess Sherry. Calc 3 definitely requires wiring the my brain doesn't have.


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