What’s normal, anyway?

Ever wonder if you’re normal?

I do. All the time.

I wonder if I’m the only person who eat rice with garlic salt, who can watch the same episodes of “Top Chef” over and over again, who actually enjoys plucking my underarm hair.

OK, maybe that was too much.

But we all think about it sometimes — especially when someone in our life — your mom, your partner, your best friend — asks you, in that tone, “What in the world are you doing?”

This was the topic of yesterday’s “The Oprah Show,” where host Oprah Winfrey had the audience answer questions — anonymously, of course — and compare answers.

Some of the questions included:

• How often do you pick your nose?
• Have you ever searched for an ex online?
• Do you lie about your weight on your driver’s license?

And the results were interesting, to say the least.

For the questions above, 55 percent of respondents said they picked their noses at least once a week. (A study from the University of California at Berkeley found that the average person picks or plays with her nose five times per hour.) Nearly two-thirds of respondents admitted they’ve searched for an ex online. (According to a USA Today poll, 61 percent of people have searched for an ex online. ) And 54 percent — which I think is a low number — lie about their weight on their driver’s license. (According to a BettyConfidential.com poll, 68 percent of women lie about their weight on their driver’s license.)

(You can take the quiz online, too.)

I was surprised to find myself in the majority. Apparently, like 78 percent of respondents, I look in the tissue after I blow my nose. A vast majority — 98 percent — admitted they sing in the car. (I do, too.) And, thankfully, 63 percent of people said it’s perfectly normal for owners to let their dogs sleep with them.


Are there things you do that might not be so normal? Dish ’em here. Maybe you’re not alone!




TODAY’S GIFT IDEA: A bag of coffee from Velton’s Coffee Roasting Co.

Tickets to “Cats”

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PRICE: $35 to $60 each

THE GIST: The longest running show in Broadway history, “Cats” returns to Hawaii with all of its feline fantastic-ness. Shows run from Dec. 28 to Jan. 2 — and tickets are still available online at www.ticketmaster.com.

THE ADDED BONUS: You can print out tickets from your computer and, viola, instant gift!

BEST FOR: Broadway fanatics, cat lovers and anyone on your list for whom you haven’t shopping.

Got a gift idea? Send ’em my way at cat@nonstophonolulu.com.


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