Who says they're the 50 best? Only me. And while they're skewed toward those in my Google+ circles (techies, media types) and those in theirs (civilians, a couple of celebs), I have compiled this list over the past few months by looking at many hundreds of Google+ profiles, which in addition to containing standard biographical info invite users to claim "bragging rights."
Most people pass - it's not required - and too many take the invitation far too seriously. But among those who exercise more imagination, restraint and self-deprecation - in other words, those who get it - you will find interesting and amusing tidbits. Here are 50 self-identified "bragging rights:"
"I get paid to smoke marijuana."
Writer/editor Village Voice Media
No word of a lie; he does.
"The 'A' at the end of my name was given to me by Andy Warhol. It used to be at the end of his."
"I can do the Spock eyebrow."
Tech writer, St. Paul Pioneer Press
"I understand all the xkcd jokes."
COO of Linear Air
"Invented the #hashtag."
UX Designer for Google+
I figured he had to be joking - but he's not.
"Started using Google+ while I was living in space."
"King of tha westcoast"
Entertainer and "spiritual advisor"
"I'm often mistaken for someone cool - like Mat Jackson the racing driver. I get his tweets and have fun responding :)"
Here's Mat Jackson the racing driver on Twitter. And speaking of driving fast ...
"4 speeding tickets in one week, 2 of them in less than 12 hours by the same cop"
Verizon Wireless, Area Manager for Cellular Sales
"Dr. Seuss threatened to sue me. I've met both Clintons. And done undercover camera work for Dateline NBC (not involving catching predators)."
"Aware that passing in front of the television should be performed swiftly and timed for the least disruption to the game or gamers."
SQL Server DBA, Sr., lead analyst
"TIME's Person of the Year for 2006, maintainer of a foot long beard"
"I proposed to my wife using obfuscated Perl code."
Software engineer, Google
"I have an amazing Ubuntu Tattoo!"
Team lead, Ubuntu
"Born on the same day that the Beatles recorded their first album (now that dates me). By all accounts, around about the time that they recorded "Twist and Shout," I popped out. Seems appropriate somehow."
"I've been shot at while writing code in a 120-degree tent, I've made sensors out of Jell-O, and I'm a pretty good cook."
Software engineer, Google
"I have never watched 'Titanic' in its entirety, played World of Warcraft, played Angry Birds, read a Harlequin romance novel, watched Jersey Shore, killed a human being, or broken a bone."
"I own a LAN-party-optimized house."
Software engineer, Google
"Survived a volcano."
Venture capitalist and TechCrunch columnist
"Found a dead body when I was 12, saved the Enterprise a few times, Ran the Axis of Anarchy, broke up Penny and Leonard. Currently running the non-lethal weapons lab at Global Dynamics."
"I once baked and frosted a cake using only one arm."
Chief Brand Guru, Google Chrome, Apps & Enterprise
"I am universally liked by Grandmas."
Travel photographer, StuckInCustoms.com
“I know the difference between Papua and Papua New Guinea. And have been to both.”
"When I was a kid, I used to have a collection of more than 100 cactus species."
Program manager, Google
"I caught Jizmak's drumstick at the end of a Gwar concert in Montclair NJ. At 17 I accurately predicted the downfall of Boston Market while working there."
Artist, professional candymaker at Mars, Inc.
"I shook Steve Jobs' hand."
Startup liaison officer, Rackspace
"2010 Foursquare Mayor Of The Year"
Director of digital at The Onion
"I have a photographic memory for words and ideas, but not numbers. I can quote movie dialog or passages from a book from memory, but can't remember my own phone number."
"Legally gay-married in California"
ThinkUp creator, This Week in Google host
"I can moonwalk backwards."
"I can write backwards!"
Artist, writer, social media strategist
"Was the youngest person to receive arthroscopic surgery for meniscus when it was introduced in France."
Computer Sciences Corporation
"Have already broken my leg doing photography."
Developer, amateur photographer
"When I was 14 I wrote a single pass 6502 assembler in Atari BASIC (yes, really). In college, while my peers had modern 286 PCs for their assignments, I had a hand-me-down Heathkit 8086; I rewrote the BIOS so it would be PC compatible enough to run MS-DOS 3.0, Wordstar, Lotus 123, and Borland's Turbo C IDE. Everything since then is a corporate trade secret."
"Slashdot. I did that."
Malda might also have chosen the famous Slashdot marriage proposal.
"Worked on 1,000 video games. Kinda. Was a pretty big deal online in the 90ies (or at least that's what I told my Mom)."
"I was one of the first to use video on the web to promote horses for sale. I have one of the oldest, largest Quarter Horses email communities, est. 1999."
Horses Farm & Market CEO
"My other computer really is a data center."
International tax counsel, Google
"I'm qualified for absolutely nothing I do. I majored in marketing & music theory and wound up doing broadcasting & computer science. Go me."
Co-anchor KUAM News, Guam
"Been shat on by 12 birds and 1 bat since April 1, 2008."
Founder, Legal Nomads
"If I told you...you wouldn't believe me :)"
"Voted most-uninhibited in high school; so far that's proven to be a good call by the student body."
Social media manager at Godfrey
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Linux System Admin
"First reporter to broadcast live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange."
"I was once a Magician's Assistant."
Enterprise applications sales manager, Google
"The greatest professional video game player of all time talked about me in ep 1 of his documentary."
Community manager, Apportable
"One-time Guinness World Record holder for Yo-Yo endurance."
News Editor/blogger Network World
"Making a game that involves socks. Made a game about cats. And fire. And cats on fire."
IT guy and writer of games
"I used to be taller."
Astronmer, author of Bad Astronomy blog
And, finally, I spotted many variations on this theme:
"I don't brag."
Programmer, Windward Mark Interactive
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