Interview with Judy Reiser

How did you get the idea for your two books about people's quirks and idiosyncrasies, "Admit It, You're Crazy! Quirks, Idiosyncrasies & Irrational Behavior" and "And I Thought I Was Crazy! Quirks, Idiosyncrasies & Meshugaa"?
I had a conversation with a friend in which I divulged something crazy I do (I don’t remember which one it was—there are so many!) and he shared something crazy he did. After having a good laugh about it, I soon discovered that everyone has quirks. I've been observing, gathering, marveling at and laughing about quirks ever since. My husband insists that if I had written the quirk books as an autobiography, they would have been much longer!
What are some common quirks people have?
•Refusing to take the top newspaper on a stack (even if perfect).
•Insisting that the toilet paper hang "over".
•Still afraid of the monsters under the bed.
•Waiting for the phone to ring at least twice before answering.
•Keep returning to the refrigerator hoping that something new to eat has materialized.
Just what extremes do people go to in their everyday activities?
•Flipping through a magazine at a newsstand then reaching for a fresh copy to buy because the one they were flipping through is no longer new.
•Enumerating (1, 2, 3...) while urinating and trying to end their peeing on an even number.
•Eating the most expensive part of a meal first, just in case they can’t finish everything.
•Ironing the newspaper before reading it to protect themselves against germs.
•Wearing T-shirts an equal number of times so none of them will get offended.
Did you interview friends and family for the book? What did they think about that?
Friends, family, cab drivers, cops, investment bankers, CEO’s, white collar, blue collar, men, women, children, senior citizens, Americans, foreigners. A real cross-section. If you crossed my path during that period, chances are I interviewed you or at least tried to! Most people laugh in recognition at themselves and others. And since they were sharing something somewhat personal and because we generally had fun talking about this subject, it felt as though we became friends at the end of the interview. You can imagine how many quirks I've acquired after interviewing thousands of people. And I had too many to begin with so I consider myself very qualified to work on this subject!
What do you feel was the outcome of your findings for your quirk books?
It’s normal to be a little bit crazy. We all have harmless little quirks and rituals that help us get through the day or organize ourselves or make us feel more comfortable. It seems to be part of the human condition. Some of our quirks are very funny; some of them are strange; some are warm and touching and some are damn good ideas! All of them are very human, intriguing and absolutely true. I’ve become very familiar with this topic over many years and I’m convinced…nobody’s playing with a full deck.
Published 2013-09-13.
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In a Cell Phone Minute
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Intriguing stories revealed by cell phone yakkers and eavesdroppers across the globe. You will be charmed by touching romantic connections; lose yourself in wild lost-and-found escapades; cheer at poignant, lifesaving 911 calls—and then howl with laughter at pranksters’ antics, absurd customer service calls, and wacky insurance claims. Go ahead…eavesdrop guiltlessly.
Admit It, You’re Crazy! Quirks, Idiosyncrasies and Irrational Behavior
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 41,050. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » General reference » Curiosities & wonders
Do you refuse to take the top newspaper on a stack (even if perfect)? Insist the toilet paper hang "over"? Wait for the phone to ring at least twice before answering? Hilarious collection of odd behaviors exhibited (and confessed to) by otherwise normal people. Laugh. Chortle. And gasp at people’s quirks. People do the darndest things! NY Times Book Review, Today show, Washington Post, more.
And I Thought I Was Crazy! Quirks, Idiosyncrasies and Meshugaas
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,780. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » General reference » Curiosities & wonders
Do you refuse to take the top newspaper on a stack (even if perfect)? Insist the toilet paper hang "over"? Wait for the phone to ring at least twice before answering? Hilarious collection of odd behaviors exhibited (and confessed to) by otherwise normal people. Laugh. Chortle. And gasp at people’s quirks. People do the darndest things! NY Times Book Review, Today show, Washington Post, more.