Not really an AIBU, more a How did I get so WEIRD....

(72 Posts)
Cathycomehome Tue 29-Nov-11 22:42:51

My son is obsessed by the game FIFA 12 for Xbox. Both son and partner are obsessed by football.

There is a lot of football on telly in this house.

The commentator on FIFA 12 is the voice of the chap who does the commentary on the real football...I have recently found that watching football on TV, I DON'T BELIEVE IT IS REAL! I find myself thinking that it is in fact all an Xbox game, and the players are being controlled.

That is properly weird isn't it? blush

Velvetbee Tue 29-Nov-11 22:47:39

Hee hee.
I told someone I couldn't meet up on the 1st January because 'I'm sure I'm doing something..'
Then I remembered there's a wedding on 'The Archers' that I somehow believe I'm going to.

Completely nuts.

Cathycomehome Tue 29-Nov-11 22:49:28

grin Glad I'm not the only nutter one!

caramelwaffle Tue 29-Nov-11 22:51:37

No, it is not: studies have been done that show exposure to certain types of media, through outlets such as computers for example, change, or create new synaptic pathways in the brain and affect how people respond to old "new" experiences.

(Someone scientific will put this much clearer I can)

ViviPru Tue 29-Nov-11 22:51:47

grin Velvet that's brilliant!

caramelwaffle Tue 29-Nov-11 22:52:23

ergo - you are not nuts

ViviPru Tue 29-Nov-11 22:54:34

Sometimes When I make little errors doing a manual task, I momentarily go to try and cmd-Z to "undo" it blush

5inthebed Tue 29-Nov-11 22:55:05

I believe that somewhere on earth, there is a person who looks exactly like me, who is doig the exact same thing as me every waking moment of my/their lives. Same for everyone else on this earth. Even you <points to you, yes YOU>

I was just saying to DH on Saturday that I feel as if I understand Danish because we'd been watching the Killing with subtitles.

Cathycomehome Tue 29-Nov-11 22:55:18

I'm not entirely sure that's reassuring, caramelwaffle - FIFA + Football has rewired my brain!!!! shock

Cathycomehome Tue 29-Nov-11 22:56:22

Missed posts - at least a few of us have been rewired (whispers - I also had that "I can speak Danish" thing...)

caramelwaffle Tue 29-Nov-11 22:57:15

ViviPru Yes like that ^

I often go to "rewind" the live radio shows I am listening to if I feel I have missed something blush

OldLadyKnowsNothing Tue 29-Nov-11 22:59:25

I don't even play computer games, but Formula One looks suss to me.

ElderberrySyrup Tue 29-Nov-11 22:59:28

I have pointed the remote control at my children and pressed the mute button more than once.

openerofjars Tue 29-Nov-11 23:00:39

Gasp! More Danish speakers!

I once tried to lick water off my eyebrows in the shower, because I couldn't see properly. Dunno what kind of strange lizard woman I thought I'd turned into.

caramelwaffle Tue 29-Nov-11 23:01:02

Cathy Yes - but not so much rewired as created new wiring that clashes with the culture of your experiences thus far.

Ooooh Danish: where is that lovely Danish thread, with the pics of lovely Danish men? hmm grin

Hassled Tue 29-Nov-11 23:02:20

I tell the kids to PAUSE when they're all talking at once/scrapping/whatever. And they do. PAUSE means something to them.

Re the FIFA commentary thing - yes, they've all merged with me as well. And I know some of the phrases off by heart.

montmartre Tue 29-Nov-11 23:03:14

Here it is <<swoons>>

ViviPru Tue 29-Nov-11 23:03:43

Yes caramel! It was your first post that reminded me of the cmd-Z thing. Its a bit like how I can't seem to help trying to interact with any kind of visual display like its an IPad style touch screen...

ElderberrySyrup Tue 29-Nov-11 23:03:51

oh yes Hassled, I get asked to pause the bedtime story.

Sometimes if I'm not listening don't hear what DP says, or DS does something cute that I want DP to see, I think I can rewind it with the tv remote, like our Sky box blush.
I'm so glad I'm not alone!!

montmartre Tue 29-Nov-11 23:05:48

Actually- something weird just happened... DH has been stunned by the notion that pampas grass is a signal to swingers hmm

How could he not know this?

Cathycomehome Tue 29-Nov-11 23:06:12

I foolishly mentioned this phenomenon to the other occupants of this house. Son has taken to holding Xbox controller during Match of the Day PURPOSELY to confuse me. Very mean.

ViviPru Tue 29-Nov-11 23:07:04

Watching live football in the flesh is weird, it's bizzare when there's a goal but no action replay when you're so anticipating one

caramelwaffle Tue 29-Nov-11 23:07:37

Oh montmarte you bring me joy grin

Cathycomehome Tue 29-Nov-11 23:07:41

(We have pampas grass out the front - my BOSS informed me of it's meaning when he dropped me off once....)

Cathycomehome Tue 29-Nov-11 23:07:58


Slainte Tue 29-Nov-11 23:09:28

I often try to zoom in using my fingers to expand the page a-la-iPad-style when I'm reading newspapers etc and don't have my glasses on.

hmm, I do the FIFA thing the other way round - I hear them playing on it, forget that it ISN'T real, and keep saying "what's the score?" (as yes I do actually like real football!)

ViviPru Tue 29-Nov-11 23:34:14

Slainte grin

TheSmallClanger Tue 29-Nov-11 23:37:02

Watching real live football is a bit weird - there is no commentary and sometimes you can't quite tell whether someone has scored for a moment or two. Also, the pitch is the same size as your local park pitch, when it feels as if it should be bigger.

WinterIsComing Tue 29-Nov-11 23:42:05

Off-topic but that thread about fascinating Danish men facts needs to be moved out of chat before it disappears forever.

I've just asked DH if I do or think anything weird and he hunched his shoulders, gave a massive sort of "full-body" sigh and put on a martyred expression as if to say, "where to start..."


OneWaySystemBlues Tue 29-Nov-11 23:57:29

I keep trying to open my front door with the car key fob....

I'm a bit concerned about the feasibilty of planes flying; I think that they're up there just through sheer willpower.

Look here - this pilot was having a few doubts

One day a scientist will point out that it's all just bollocks and planes will just fall out of the sky. Followed by all the bumblebees, who will also suffer a crisis of confidence.

Honeydragon Wed 30-Nov-11 00:06:28

If I have lost the tv remote I go and get my phone to call it and them stand there wondering what the remotes number is.

I do this nearly everytime it's lost blush

caramelwaffle Wed 30-Nov-11 00:17:54

grin Honeydragon

springydaffs Wed 30-Nov-11 00:18:17

Back in the day when mobile phones were Dom Jolly size, DH took the remote on the train to a business meeting in London. Whipped it out, trying to look cool.

I do that car fob/front door thing too. Somebody ought to design one. Fingerprint-reader of course. Security and all.

A few years ago I was playing FAR too much Age of Empires and could actually see green and red health bars over RL peoples heads. Could be a useful skill in a health care profession hmm.

Aerobreaking Wed 30-Nov-11 00:25:39

Outing myself as a nerdy gamer here, but if anyone else has ever played mariokart, there is a thing you can do called boost where if you follow another kart so you are directly behind them you get an extra bit of speed. I have, on more than one occasion, been walking down the street, noticed that there is someone right behind me and moved sideways because I don't want them to get a boost from being behind me blush

WinterIsComing Wed 30-Nov-11 00:34:45

grin at the gaming weirdness.

I got into it a bit when I was pregnant and had to forego wine used to do things like that.

Love the idea of visible health bars!

staylucky Wed 30-Nov-11 00:43:05

Oh, can't breathe...too funny grin

I got really into Fruit Ninja on my phone and whenever the Innocent ad with the falling fruit came on tv I had an unbelievable urge to swipe the TV with my finger.

Also, you are being vvvR for using 'obsessed by'.

boschy Wed 30-Nov-11 06:44:49

I am totally convinced that in Australia (and other far-flung places of similar latitude) people are actually clinging on to the world by their feet, and if not hanging vertically are at least leaning at an angle relative to the latitude.

I KNOW this isnt the case, but it should be. I think.

Honeydragon Wed 30-Nov-11 07:31:19

This thread is brilliant grin

Loving the red and green health bars .... Pmsl!

Shodan Wed 30-Nov-11 07:45:49

I was going to come on here to point and laugh at all you wierdos.

Then I read this "I often try to zoom in using my fingers to expand the page a-la-iPad-style when I'm reading newspapers etc and don't have my glasses on" and realised that in fact you need to shoosh up and find room for me on the wierdo bench.

Also, I sometimes find myself amazed that toddler foreigners can understand a different language to English. Only for second, you understand, until reason reasserts itself, but still...

Proudnscary Wed 30-Nov-11 07:59:49

Ever so slightly off topic:

I was on the phone for half an hour to a close friend who was having relationship problems - the whole time I was looking for my phone in my bag, getting more and more secretly frantic.

I finally said 'Darling, I'm so sorry to cut you off but I've lost my phone, I'm going to have to go'. She said: 'You're talking on it.'

Svrider Wed 30-Nov-11 08:00:55

In the beginning of big brother I had a mancunian running commentry in my head
"today in the svrider house dd1 voms in the bed, dd2 unimpressed"
Also when out alone queue crimewatch "svrider" last seen going to the beer off"

Proudnscary Wed 30-Nov-11 08:02:46

Svrider - Geordie surely?

WifiNappies Wed 30-Nov-11 08:05:29

I believe I'm the only real person in the world and everyone else is an actor robot. An unseeable power is logging my movements and thoughts, setting me challenges and generally trying to make my life difficult.

I know it's not the same but I thought I'd share.

MoreBeta Wed 30-Nov-11 08:07:44

"..watching football on TV, I DON'T BELIEVE IT IS REAL! I find myself thinking that it is in fact all an Xbox game, and the players are being controlled."

You are entirely correct.

The players are controlled by managers and especially their agents. The stories you read in newspapers and see on TV about their private lives are not always accurate and often placed there by their PR team.

At the end of it all ..... soccer is just a game.

lottiegb Wed 30-Nov-11 08:08:41

The football thing makes perfect sense. I have no interest but recently happened to spend five minute swith a child who was playing some football game, then saw part of a real match, during which it was clear that some of the adverts on the pitch are not really there (and keep appearing to change shape from 2D to 3D) and immediately wondered how we could know that the players were not similarly remotely controlled and only appeared real on tv.

hackmum Wed 30-Nov-11 10:51:26

I also think I can understand Danish after watching The Killing. This seems to be quite common, I've been relieved to find.

I remember reading a piece by Zoe Williams where she'd lost her house keys, and her first thought was to try and find them using Google. So I think if it is a madness, it's not an unusual one.

montmartre Wed 30-Nov-11 11:53:27

I felt similar about Swedish after watching 20 episodes of Wallander!

That said, Swedish seems much more intelligible to me (native english speaker) than Danish (who all sound as though they're speaking underwater... very bubbly)

arf@ googling her keys!

Snapespeare Wed 30-Nov-11 11:56:17

I believe in doctor who. That is my faith system. smile

I also convinced my children that they would be going to Hogwarts for secondary school and that they would get a wand on their 11th birthday. I didn't use my wand on a daily basis, because it was hidden away in the attic and i didn't want the ministry of magic to know where I was. I mutter 'crucio' at people who annoy me on the tube.]]

EllenJaneisnotmyname Wed 30-Nov-11 12:15:09

I have often tried to turn the volume up on the radio in the car when the back seat passengers were saying something interesting, but too quietly. (And I've tried to remotely unlock the front door with my car key fob.)

whackamole Wed 30-Nov-11 12:15:18

If I play Sims for too long I start thinking like my toilet bar is getting in the red. TBF this only really happened a few times in uni when I should have been writing my dissertation

DonkeyTeapot Wed 30-Nov-11 12:24:58

Working in a finance dept at a previous work place, I'd frequently try to phone people up by keying their phone number into my calculator, or their customer account number into my phone.

The I'd come home and try to get into the house using my door entry card for work (the kind where you just wave it at a scanner and the door opens).

RubberDuck Wed 30-Nov-11 12:26:29

After playing rather too much Dragon Age, I found myself starting to look at people's feet as I walked along to see if they had a red or green circle around them (red being the bad guys blush)

I recently shamed myself in front of very successful UK boy band by watching a bit of a footie game (tottenham vs ??) that was on in the studio recently. Didn't realise until I was leaving that it was a computer GAME they were playing - I've never seen one before (I'm blessed with a DP who isn't interested in computer games at all).

In my defence it looked very realistic, but it was the commentary that got me - but if as you say. its the same voice, that explains a lot. So not cool!

that should be "watching" grin

TheSmallClanger Wed 30-Nov-11 15:23:56

I do the Nick Ross Crimewatch commentary thing in my head when I walk alone at work. "Small said goodbye to her supervisor after getting changed. It was raining. When it rained, Small usually took the shuttle bus to the car parks. Mr. Supervisor did not see her get on the bus himself, but we have eyewitness accounts which seem to suggest that she did."

DonkeyTeapot Wed 30-Nov-11 15:27:31

SmallClanger just reminded me, I sometimes do a cookery show style commentary in my head when I'm cooking, or making anything.

nicenivea Wed 30-Nov-11 16:03:38

I just generally think my life is on tv. Like the truman show - I quite often have stop myself and say "no one is watching" before doing something personal like my bikini line!

briedog Wed 30-Nov-11 16:07:11

I can't watch anything straight after "you've been framed", or I'm just anticipating people falling into a bucket/of a roof/over a cat.

I'm pretty sure I can fly.

briedog Wed 30-Nov-11 16:07:50


AbbyAbsinthe Wed 30-Nov-11 16:34:34

I sometimes put Vick's Vapour Rub on my chest for comfort blush

fuzzynavel Wed 30-Nov-11 16:39:07

Was in Marks and Sparks once, peered across the shop floor only to see my doppleganger, remember thinking blimey, isn't she the spit but fatter. Erm no - it was me in the mirror shock

fluffyliquorice Wed 30-Nov-11 16:53:56

"I often go to "rewind" the live radio shows I am listening to if I feel I have missed something "
I've got the Tunein radio app on IPad, you can rewind live radio or record it, It's great! smile

AbbyAbsinthe Wed 30-Nov-11 18:16:29

fuzzynavel grin

FairyOnTheXmasTreeMcFlouncer Wed 07-Dec-11 18:41:39

"I sometimes find myself amazed that toddler foreigners can understand a different language to English. Only for second, you understand, until reason reasserts itself, but still..."

ME TOO!!!!!!

I am unspeakably delighted that I am not the only one who does this!

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