I had the opportunity to contribute a few scrapbook pages to a great Big Picture Classes workshop taught by Angie Lucas last year—my assignments were very specific, as I had to do something with a bar graph and something with a Venn Diagram (Angie does in fact know me well). As I was thinking up ideas for the bar graph page, I immediately thought of the list of things that can trigger my Willis Startle Reflex, and turned it into this (totally an incomplete list, but there is only so much room on a 12 x 12 piece of paper):
Well, I have a new thing to add to the list that has been plaguing me in the most ridiculous manner since this past October, when I bought the Dictionary.com app. See, at 11:33 am every day the app pushes the "word of the day" to my phone, and if the sound is turned on and the phone is close by—which it usually is in the middle of the day when I am working on projects—it makes a sound like someone suddenly turned a bunch of pages in a dictionary abruptly. And it makes me jump every single time. I can see that it's 11:26, and my phone will be over on the table somewhere while I'm working at the computer, and I STILL JUMP AT 11:33. Definitely falls in the "a little embarrassing, especially in public" range.