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[Fwd: full-contact origami]

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anne roberts (aroberts)
Sun, 29 Mar 1998 09:37:25 -0500

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This is a very clever guy you must admit. Thought you all would enjoy

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My guess is the "full-contact origami" is in reference to this article.
> The following was published in The New York Times. This is an NYU
> college admissions application essay question, and an actual answer
> written by an applicant:
> ------------------------------------
> QUESTION: In order for the admissions staff of our college to get to
> know you, the applicant, better, we ask that you answer the following
> question:
> Are there any significant experiences you have had, or accomplishments
> you have realized, that have helped to define you as a person?
> I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I
> have been known to remodel train stations on my lunch breaks, making
> them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I translate ethnic
> slurs for Cuban refugees. I write award-winning operas, I manage time
> efficiently.
> Occasionally, I tread water for three days in a row. I can pilot
> bicycles up severe inclines with unflagging speed, and I cook
> Thirty-Minute Brownies in twenty minutes.
> I am an expert in stucco, a veteran in love, and an outlaw in Peru.
> Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single- handedly
> defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious
> army ants. I play bluegrass cello, I was scouted by the Mets, I am the
> subject of numerous documentaries. When I'm bored, I build large
> suspension bridges in my yard. I enjoy urban hang gliding. On
> Wednesdays, after school, I repair electrical appliances free of
> charge. I am an abstract artist, a concrete analyst, and a ruthless
> bookie. Critics worldwide swoon over my original line of corduroy
> evening wear. I don't perspire. I am a private citizen, yet I receive
> fan mail. I have been caller number nine and have won the weekend
> passes. Last summer I toured New Jersey with a traveling
> centrifugal-force demonstration. I bat 400.
> My deft floral arrangements have earned me fame in international
> botany circles. Children trust me. I can hurl tennis rackets at small
> moving objects with deadly accuracy. I once read Paradise Lost, Moby
> Dick and David Copperfield in one dayand still had time to refurbish
> an entire dining room that evening. I know the exact location of every
> food item in the supermarket. I sleep once a week; when I do sleep, I
> sleep in a chair. While on vacation in Canada, I successfully
> negotiated with a group of terrorists who had seized a small bakery.
> The laws of physics do not apply to me. I balance, I weave, I dodge, I
> frolic, and my bills are all paid. On weekends, to let off steam, I
> participate in full-contact origami. Years ago I discovered the
> meaning of life but forgot to write it down.
> I have made extraordinary four course meals using only a mouli and a
> toaster oven. I breed prizewinning clams. I have won bullfights in
> San Juan, cliff-diving competitions in Sri Lanka, and spelling bees at
> the Kremlin. I have played Hamlet, I have performed open-heart
> surgery, and I have spoken with Elvis. But I have not yet gone to
> college.
> ----------------------
> He was accepted.

Aloha, Jan

Origami by Jan website...the Fodor folder