Mark Terry

Monday, February 25, 2008

Bank O' Weirdness


February 25, 2008

Erica Orloff has an interesting blogpost about her Bank of Weirdness--essentially asking people 5 things about themselves that are strange or weird or unique, like, in her case, having been cast adrift in the Bermuda Triangle in a dinghy.

With some hesitation, here's what I wrote about myself:

I have to take a deep breath here because some of my oddities might be a bit problematic for some people, well...

1. Both my wife and I used to work for the Placenta Tissue Registry at Michigan State University, where human placentas were sent in for research purposes.

2. I worked in clinical cytogenetics for 18 years--that's chromosomes, in case you were wondering.

3. While there I was somewhat expert on products of conception, which is to say, dealing with the tissues that come about after a miscarriage.

4. I have taken scalpels and "scissored" human embryos/fetuses into mush in order to process them for chromosome analysis (told you people might not like this).

5. For a couple years period in my career I worked in the following areas: diabetes research, spinal meningitis research, bladder cancer research, squamous cell carcinoma research. For the spinal meningitis research I used to inoculate rabbits with bacterial meningitis so we could perform MRI on them.

That's plenty, I think.


***
I would probably also add that I spend a fair amount of time in the company of imaginary people, but many of you are writers yourselves and almost all are readers, so you've got that problem, too, I imagine.

How about you? How weird are you?

Cheers,
Mark Terry

8 Comments:

Blogger Melanie Avila said...

Eek! That's quite a resume. Hey, someone's gotta do the research and it sounds like you did a good job at it.

Now my life sounds boring.

7:27 AM  
Blogger Mark Terry said...

Melanie,
Well, I would note that despite (or because) of my involvement in cancer, spinal meningitis and diabetes research, there are still no cures. :)

And your life isn't boring. Don't you live in Mexico? I've never even BEEN to Mexico.

8:50 AM  
Blogger Steve Thorn said...

Nice bank o' weirdness, there Mark.

Let's see, I partook in Scalzi's '10 things I have done you probably haven't' not long ago on my blog.. but weirdness - that I'll admit to-
hmmm,.. I do have 2 bellybuttons. One is manmade.

2:53 PM  
Blogger Aimless Writer said...

I bow to your intelligence. Wow. You must have some brain power there.
I think I'm boring in comparison.
Weird?
Aren't we all a tad weird?

4:30 PM  
Blogger Melanie Avila said...

Mark, yesterday I would've said my life was boring, but then today happened. So perhaps I have a few tales to tell. ;)

7:23 PM  
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