4. Jacob lists twelve things he can't stand (page 20). Do you see his logic? We all have things we could put into such a list. What would yours be?Here are the twelve things Jacob lists:
(1) The sound of paper being crumpled. I can't ell you why, but it makes me feel like someone's doing that to all my internal organs.Some of these answer questions I have been "showing" you in pictures, like his being bothered by orange (first set of DQs) and by loose hair (third set of DQs). ROYGBIV is mentioned several times in the book. Do you know ROYGBIV (which I've also seen printed as Roy G. Biv) stands for red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet? I have no idea why the designer of the color wheel pictured above gave red twice as much space -- unless it because s/he couldn't divide a circle into seven parts.
(2) Too much noise or flashing lights.
(3) Having plans change.
(4) Missing CrimeBusters, which is on the USA Network at 4:30 every day, thanks to the wonders of syndication. Even though I know all 114 of the episodes by heart, watching them daily is as important to me as taking insulin would be to a diabetic. My whole day is planned around it, and if I can't have my fix, I get shaky.
(5) When my mother puts my clothes away. I keep them in rainbow order, ROYGBIV, and the colors can't touch. She does her best, but the last time, she completely forgot about indigo.
(6) If someone else takes a bite of my food, I have to cut off the part that his/her saliva has touched before I can eat any more of it.
(7) Loose hair. It freaks me out, which is why mine is military short.
(8) Being touched by someone I don't know.
(9) Foods with membranes, like custards; or foods that explode in your mouth, like peas.
(10) Even numbers.
(11) When people call me retarded, which I am not.
(12) The color orange. It means danger, and there's no rhyme for it in English, which makes it suspicious. (Theo wants to know why I can tolerate things that are silver, then, but I won't even rise to the argument.)
I, too, prefer odd numbers. But my reasoning is different from Jacob's. I have always liked being just a little bit "odd"! The two houses I've owned were numbered 109 and 1909. (Yep, that's odd.) My current zip code is 37409, and nine is my favorite number. See? I'm odd. Jacob would probably like me, huh?