A few days ago, my family and I were watching Phineas and Ferb (if you’ve never seen it, you should check it out). This particular episode was a rerun that my wife and kids had seen but I had not. In it, the father was doing a crossword puzzle, and the clue was “the plastic tip on the end of shoelaces.” I immediately say “aglet” which causes my wife to stare at me in what I would like to believe is awe but was probably something along the lines of “Sweet Baby Buddha, I married a dork.” She asked me how on earth I could possibly know that, to which my answer was “ummmm…I have no idea.”
You see, I have a curse. There are random bits of trivia and completely useless knowledge just bouncing around in my head. Once something gets stuck there, it never leaves. I very rarely know where the fact came from, and it very rarely actually comes in handy. Sure it might be neat to be at a party and say, “did you know that the soy bean is named after soy sauce, instead of the other way around?” Then, after you say it, you realize that no one actually cares, and you just killed a very lively conversation about the debt struggle in Greece.
By far the most annoying part of this curse is the fact that I can never remember where I got the information from. I will bug me for days. Take this aglet thing, for example. This happened 3 days ago, and I still can’t stop thinking about it. That’s right, I’ve spent the last 72 hours thinking about the plastic tip on the end of shoelaces. Does that sound like fun? Therefore, please help me with this dilemma. If you know what an aglet is, please tell me where you got that information from. For me to remember it, there’s a very good chance that it either came from a TV show in the mid-80s (Saved By the Bell???) or an early-90s grunge band. If you are able to help me out, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you in advance.