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You know you're

You know you're addicted to X when you Y.
Just because. It's quite entertaining, actually.
Short form: You list criteria (some serious, some silly, some random, whatever) that indicate whether one is addicted to... something, whether it be math or Doritos. *shrug* Optionally you can say which ones you're guilty of.
We may or may not have done something like this a long time ago. I can't remember and I can't be bothered to look it up. 
You know you're addicted to accounting when...
-You find yourself wondering how to fit an accountant into your latest plot (guilty. so much.)
-You think the scene in the Whitehall and Marks building in The Producers is the most cringe-inducing part of the movie, because Leo's doodling in the journal columns. (...yes. *hangs head*)
-You brag to your friends that you get to go to Accounting while they have to go to [insert stereotypical enjoyable class here] instead. (every day.)
-Accounting class is one of the highlights of your days. (sometimes)
-You dream about making journal or ledger entries. (bizarrely enough, yes.)
-All you want for Christmas is a 10-key. (no. not yet.)
-You ask for a 10-key that can plug into your laptop for Christmas/a birthday, like that nifty one your accounting teacher has. (considering it, actually. that thing is cool.)
-Your first thought when setting about making a You Know You're Addicted post is, "oh, accounting!". (um. yes.)
-You realize you're guilty of most of the things on the You Know You're Addicted to Accounting list. (*hangs head in shame*)
-Your idea of a good holiday trip would be to beg and plead to be let into the basements of the local museum so you can see the old ledgers from the time of the Revolutionary War. (yes. shut up.)
--You suggest to your accounting teacher that she should take the class to see the old ledgers in the basement of the local museum, because you know she's more likely to get in than you will. (yep.)
-You think writing the same account titles and amounts in different columns over and over again is fun. (guilty.)
-You have trouble remembering that most people don't remember left and right by thinking of debit and credit. (well, it works better than the hand test... and it's less noticeable...)
-You have trouble not saying "debit" when you mean left or "credit" when you mean right. (not yet.)
You know you're addicted to Discworld when...
-You can't see the word veterinary without immediately thinking "Dog-Botherer". (or Vetinari... *guilty*)
-You can't see or hear the word insurance without mentally replacing it with "inn-sewer-ants". (yep.)
-When you hear Ulysses S. Grant described in history class, you write in your notes, "Grant=Vimes" (guilty.)
-You realize you think/say "Klatch" instead of Africa, because someone asks you where Klatch is. (guilty).
-You can't think about luggage or tourists without laughing hysterically. (sometimes)
-You associate the word carrot with the Captain of the Watch first, and the vegetable second. (guilty)
-You're convinced that Napoleon died not because of his wallpaper, but because of arsenic in his candle wicks. (guilty)
-You get paranoid about the placement of books on your bookshelf, because you don't want them to explode/start fighting/open a portal to another library on the other side of the world. (not guilty of this one yet).
-When you come across a question that (a) you don't know the answer to, and (b) can't be logically answered 42, you say, "Oh, it's because of narrative causality" and leave satisfied. (guilty. like, every day).
-You do things to feed stories, i.e., getting a paint handprint on a black shirt purposefully because that's what narrative causality demands. (guilty).
-You quote fluently from the books, even to complete strangers. (so, so guilty).
--You even quote the faux Latin bits. (guilty.)
-You fangirl over more than three characters. (guilty. Vetinari, Vimes, Moist, Granny, Death, Susan, Lady Margolotta, Mr. Nutt...)
-When you see bumbling policemen anywhere, fictitious or not, you name them Colonesque and Nobbski. (guilty) 
submitted by TNÖ, age 16, The Rio Verde B
(January 29, 2010 - 6:26 pm)

What is Discworld. I have heard alot of people talking bout it, but i cant figure it out. Enlighten me please!

submitted by Thalia
(January 30, 2010 - 11:45 am)

A series of satiric fantasy novels (set on the Discworld, a flat world carried on the back of four elephants which stand on the back of a giant turtle, the Great A'Tuin) written by British author Terry Pratchett.

They're really quite good. 

submitted by TNÖ, age 16, Deep Space
(January 30, 2010 - 1:46 pm)

ok. what does satiric mean? and you really didn't tell me the plot of any of the books or anything, so I am still a tad bit confused.

submitted by Thalia
(January 31, 2010 - 9:51 am)

Satiric: using humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues. 

As to the plots, they're really quite hard to explain as they tend to be very complex. But, for an example, Guards! Guards! is, on the surface, about a plot to summon a dragon to terrorize Ankh-Morpork for a while, in order to overthrow Lord Vetinari. However, the plot goes horribly wrong when the dragon proves... difficult to get rid of, and it falls to the dysfunctional Night Watch (Captain Vimes the drunk, Sergeant Colon and Corporal Nobby Nobbs the quintessential ineffectual cops, and Lance-Constable Carrot the 6' dwarf who is the last remaining heir to the throne) to clean up the resulting mess. Meanwhile, Vetinari manages to be completely epic every time he opens his mouth. *is fangirl*

^This, of course, is an extremely basic, surface-level summary of the plot without offering up any significant spoilers. However, it would probably make more sense to just say that the books are really about people. 

submitted by TNÖ, age 16, Deep Space
(February 2, 2010 - 7:06 pm)

You know you're addicted to Warriors when:

you immediately think 'Warriors' whenever you hear the question 'favorite book' (guilty)

you find yourself saying 'EHunter' all the time. (just found out about it, so no.)

you say 'mouse dung' instead of 'darn'. (um...if i'm pretending that I'm a warrior, yes.)

you say 'mouse brain' instead of 'idiot'. (ditto.)

you have to buy the books before reading. (GUILTY. SO guilty.)

you know that there are now four EHnters (hm...) and blab about them all the time. (well, maybe not the second part.)

you try to get people to like the books and if they don't, you are very offended. (guilty.)

you can list all your fave characters in books. (yep. Firestar, Greystripe, Leafpool and Cinderpelt and Yellowfang and Spottedleaf and Lionheart-WAAH! He died in 1st book. WAAH!)

you wish to someday own all books (guilty. very.)


Vick says vbfi.



submitted by NDT
(March 21, 2010 - 3:11 pm)

You know you're addicted to the phrase 'why is it' when:

You say it at least 5 times a day (guilty)

You try to find a place to say 'why is it' in all sentences (half-conciosly.)

you find urself saying 'Why is it that i'm addicted to why is it' on the CB (umm...DUH)


u no ur adictd 2 shorthand/im-talk wen:

u use it wenevr posibl (gilty)

u use it in sentenses somtims (gilty)

u try 2 find ways 2 make typin esir (on places like CB, yes.)

u r slopy on som mesegebords (yep)


Vick says: kyhz.





submitted by NDT
(March 22, 2010 - 2:20 pm)



submitted by Hannah P. ☺☻, age 14, Georgia
(January 30, 2010 - 8:34 pm)

*reminds self to reaad Discworld* Anyway,

You know you're addicted to MuseBlog when it's the first thing you look at when you go on the computer. (Chatterbox is next, though.)

submitted by Cara
(January 31, 2010 - 11:45 pm)

You know you're addicted to your cell when you start thinking that Taco Bell is a Mexican phone company.


You know you're addicted to calculators when you play games on the tiny two-by-three-inch screen instead of on your laptop (occasionally guilty, unfortunately)


You know you're addicted to reading when

the object you associate most with a car is not a tire, door, steering wheel, windshield, or anything else normal people would saya, but is, instead, a book. (guilty)

you catch yourself reading - for fun, not school - more hours than you sleep most days (probably guilty, if I counted)

you get tired of carrying your book in so many places that you read half a dozen books at once, leaving each in a convenient location and thereby driving your mother mad (oh, so guilty)

you are actually able to identify exactly what mixture of books your stories rip off, down to the last nuance of the characters' hairstyles (occasionally guilty)

you are kind of jazzed when your brother kicks you off the computer cause you now have an excuse (as if you needed one) to go read a book (currently guilty)

submitted by lavendershy, age 14, Sparks, NV
(February 1, 2010 - 2:30 pm)

 Lavendershy, I love your list of "You know you're addicted to reading when..."! I am oh so guilty. Here are a couple more:


when your backpack has more the books that you're reading for fun in it than it does school stuff. (currently guilty)

when you see people and think of characters from books (she looks like I always imagined so and so would look like!) (occasionally guilty)

when you hear people's names and think of book characters with that name (guilty) 

when you meet people and immediately start thinking of all the books they would really like (guilty sometimes)

when all your pets are named after characters from books (so very guilty)

submitted by ZNZ :-)
(February 2, 2010 - 6:34 pm)

OMG, I am so addicted!!!  I will spend three days reading, without stopping practically, and then I come out of it all bleary eyed and dazed, having been in another world. :D

Here's another:

When you take on the personalities and feelings of the characters you are reading.  (oh, so, GUILTY!!)  (I'll get bossy, graceful, tired, sad, ecstatic, in pain, crying, laughing, snooty, timid, cold, horrified, you name it)  (and I make faces.  When they describe an expression, I can't help but try it out to see what it's like)


TNÖ, have I mentioned, you make spectacular threads???  You SO do.  :) 

submitted by Laura❀
(February 5, 2010 - 10:17 pm)

After reading a book like Pride and Prejudice (I have become shamefully fond of girly books like that. Argh!) I will catch myself still thinking with a British accent half an hour later. It's embarassing, as my British accent is abominable.




submitted by lavendershy, age 14, Sparks, NV
(February 7, 2010 - 8:03 pm)

Haha, I know how you feel.  I'm not SO terrible (and I'm sure you aren't either) but I have the hardest time keeping an accent.  Sooner or later, no matter how hard I try not to, I always end up with a different accent than I started out with.  Usually I end up with scottish/irish/cockney-sometimes-french.  *laughs*

submitted by Laura❀
(February 11, 2010 - 3:36 am)

You know your addicted to CB when 

One of the most visited sites on the computer is the CB (sort of quilty.  All the rest of it is my dads FaceBook stuff though.   I can make him guilty about that.  I'll tell mom, and then...  She already complains about his overuse of the computer! Mwahahahaha!!)

You have more CB friends than RL (I'm not really sure about that, though.  Well, kid friends, at least.  I don't include all my frineds parents in that who are also my friends.  So... next!)

some of your favourite books were recomended on here

Your doing this addicted thing.  On CB.  About being addicted to CB

And I'm not going to get in why i'm addicted to reading...


OK, bye!

~Meadow de Weirdo aka The Odd One aka Me aka Meadow autbka (also used to be known as) Sissy (by my sister) aka Meady poo-poo (heh.  yeah.  Almost everybuggy living in my house has the first syllable in their name fallowed by 'y poop-poo.) aka...  

submitted by Meadow
(February 5, 2010 - 2:10 pm)

Yup, I'm addicted.

submitted by Laura❀
(February 5, 2010 - 10:19 pm)