Question of the day.

What are you in the 1% of?

My answer:

I hardly care about percentages, but let’s think… The first thing that springs to my mind is that (touch wood) I’ve never really had a proper cavity, despite my dental hygiene being rather crappy most of the time and not caring overly about what I eat. My Mum says it’s a miracle, I’m more inclined to think it’s genetics ’cause my whole family have very healthy teeth. The reason why this springs to my mind first is that I recently actually chipped my tooth slightly, but at the same time must have been badly enough that it hurt. It wasn’t a terrible pain, but rather annoying and wouldn’t go away for about two weeks so I was rather concerned. I guess it’s now gotten used to being chipped ’cause it now only hurts very very slightly and occasionally and the dentist didn’t even see any problem with it on an X-ray, but I got quite freaked out by how suddenly and easily it chipped and didn’t know what was going on. At the same time, strangely enough, my other teeth also became temporarily more sensitive so I was seriously wondering whether perhaps my lucky time is over and now my teeth are decaying all at once. πŸ˜€ Which is a real scary prospect when you’re emetophobic, hate gagging and having things in your mouth which is unavoidable at the dentist’s. So I had a full mouth X-ray to see what’s going on in there and both the X-ray technician and then my dentist couldn’t stop saying how healthy my teeth are and how they’d like all their patients to have such teeth as me. πŸ˜€ Back when I was going to school and when my emetophobia was bad enough that I really struggled brushing my teeth, whenever we were told that we’d be having a dental checkup, which we’d typically learn right before it was about to happen, I’d just brush my teeth beforehand or if there wasn’t enough time just run to the loo and scrape my teeth with my finger until they felt smoother, and the dentist’s reaction was always the same: “Wow, you have very healthy teeth!” I’m so freakin’ grateful for it, I seriously feel for any people out there who are emetophobic or have other phobias that get in the way of dentist appointments and who have more trouble with their teeth. Or maybe life is merciful enough that bad teeth plus emetophobia just don’t happen together? Still, the whole experience and the fear around it did set my phobia back a fair bit. Which also means that again I have to take a break from working on my post about all things emetophobia ’cause I don’t want to make it even worse.

So yeah, I don’t know how many people don’t develop cavities, and also it still might happen to me, although obviously I really really hope it won’t, but still it seems like I’m in the minority.

Another thing is I often wonder how many people in Poland can communicate in Welsh on any level, and I’m actually very curious. Of course it’s a minority language to begin with and I don’t even know what percentage of people worldwide can speak it. What I’m even more curious of is, if we exclude any potential Welsh natives or Welsh people who acquired it later in life and can use it to some extend, who may live in Poland, and people of any other nationalities who were born in Wales and acquired the language there (or perhaps in Patagonia where it’s also spoken), and any Polish people who learned the language to whatever degree in an academic setting (you can study it here at one or two universities) or while living in Wales (there’s a big Polish minority), how many people are left who can speak it? Is my family very far off in thinking that it’s just Bibielle? πŸ˜€ I’d like to know if there are other people in this country who are learning it like me – non-academically and plain because they like it, without ever having been there, having family there or anything like that. – If I’m the only one, it’s cool because it’s quite hilarious as I’d be literally one in like 38 millions, lol, but it would be just as cool if there were other such weird individuals here ’cause the more the merrier, at least this is the case when we’re talking about an extinct language. I’ll surely be even more of a phenomenon when I start learning Sami or Frisian, as, as far as I know, there’s no way to study these languages here in Poland. I hope I can do this.

AVPD is quite rare, or at least rarely diagnosed, can’t remember how many percent now, if I ever knew it to begin with, but maybe it could be around 1%. Actually in Poland alone it’s very possible. Then I am also a synaesthete, and one of the types of synaesthesia I experience is lexical-gustatory, which is apparently the most rare. Google claims there are 2-4% of synaesthetes so perhaps this could count.

I’m also such a strange peep who hardly ever feels any smells unless very strong and chemical ones, and even then it’s more like I feel them at the back of my throat rather than in the nose, yet at the same time I can’t say I have any problems with taste and flavour, or if I do it’s towards the other extreme that I guess I’m overly sensitive to some flavours. I have totally no idea why that is, I know there’s such a thing as hyposmia/anosmia where you have little to no sense of smell but I guess those people don’t experience flavours either, plus these are medical conditions as far as I know and I can’t really say my smell anomaly impacts me in any negative way, I’d rather say it’s the opposite ’cause I don’t have to feel all the yucky smells of this world and don’t miss the beautiful ones as I don’t know/can’t recall them.

Also I don’t like some things which most people seem to like and it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t. For example I dislike Harry Potter. Not just because it’s not okay with my religion, but it just totally doesn’t interest me, I don’t like most of the modern fantasy genre I suppose. Same about Star Wars. Or Twilight, and all the other vampire stuff. I actually did give Twilight a fair chance and I totally see why people may find it appealing, but don’t share the excitement and don’t want to. I don’t like a lot of books that normal people do, or at least don’t see anything special in them.

Oh yeah , and on another note, I don’t like pizza. Don’t hate it, but don’t like it either, and it seems to be a very unpopular opinion, at least among people I know.

How about you? πŸ™‚

14 thoughts on “Question of the day.”

  1. I suspect I scored in the top 1% on the graduate record exam’s logic and analysis section, because my score was 790 out of 800, as though I missed one sorry question. I guess 1% of 800 would be eight, or a score of 792+, but… close enough. (Of course, we’d really need to compare my score to everyone else’s. No clue how to get that data! They’ve radically changed the scoring system since.)

    Apparently I’m in the top 1% for schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder (bipolar type), whichever way you look at it! Bipolar and pure O are more common than 1%, though.

    Hmm….. it becomes harder (yet more fun) to think up stuff that I don’t have hard numbers for! πŸ˜€ Uhh…. I have a lot of gratitude! I might be in the top 1% of that! Hard to know. Oh! And I’m an absolute genius at playing Connect 4. Weird yet true.

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    1. Wow, that sounds great that you scored so high! πŸ™‚ Speaking of exams, this made me wonder whether it’s possible that I scored in the bottom 1% in the math final exam for my year. πŸ˜€ I have a feeling that there might have been more than 1% who didn’t pass it, but it would be fun to know how many people scored lower than me (I got 16% on it). πŸ˜€

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      1. HA HA! Math is not your friend! I could probably outscore your low score if I were tested in social studies or science. What a funny thing to brag about! Like, I could score worse than that! πŸ˜€ HA HA HA HA! I guess we all have bad subjects! In school everyone looked at me, and I looked all scholarly, and they all thought, she’s a straight-A student. Nope. [Shaking my head.] My freshman year courses in high school nearly killed me. So I shall drink to yours and my low, low scores in our hard subjects!! Woo hoo!! Fail that math test with pride while I struggle to know what a mammal is! Go us!!

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    2. Yay, people should definitely celebrate lowest scores and brag about them, high scores are overrated! πŸ˜€ I’m sure I could score even lower than your potential science and social studies score if I ever got to have a major physics exam, as I’m even worse at physics than at math. πŸ˜€
      That being said, I totally forgot that I may very likely be in the top 1% of people with the highest English oral exam score in my year, as I got 100% on it.
      I totally don’t understand why anyone would be expected to be a straight A student. I mean there of course are such people and it’s admirable and it’s good that they are in this world, but they’re a minority, so I don’t really see the point in expecting the majority to adhere to that, especially that often we can’t even control or choose what we are good or bad at.

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  2. If you had asked this question 10 years ago, I would have told you that I am the ONLY person in the world suffering from somatoform disorder. But I have come to realize it is more common than I thought. I cannot find a percentage for this particular issue – so I am going to say I must be in the 1%. I have two tattoos. The ink processed through my kidney and I was allergic. It was pretty bad the second time around. Even the nephrologist could not “scope” into my kidney due to its “swelling”. I can’t have them removed or recolored. I was told I am 1:1,000,000, because my allergic reaction was not at all topical. It was all ink processing through my kidney.

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    1. Going with just my intuition, somatoform disorder sounds like something that a lot of people might have but many may be going undiagnosed.
      Wow, it sounds really scary and intense with the tattoos, I’m sorry you had to go through such a thing twice!

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