I have a new laptop, and I've just opened a new financial institution account, and the combination means I've had about a million opportunities to choose from among selected "Secret Questions" that are designed to prompt me to give my chosen answer and confirm my account identity. Who thinks these questions up, and what sort of people do they know?
I find the choices of "Secret Questions" terribly offensive. When I was still single, I remember how crappy the "Secret Questions" made me feel -- who was the best man at your wedding? In what month did you meet your spouse? What is your spouse's middle name? Damn, I thought. Even my bank thinks I'm a loser for still being single.
Now there are bunch of similar children questions: "In what month was your eldest child born?"
If you aren't married, or don't have kids, you've got to talk about your car or your pets. I have friends with neither. Or about high school -- who was your prom date, for example. What was your high school mascot? Which cheerleading squad did you first belong to?
Turboglacier and I were talking about some alternative questions, that don't assume quite such a middle-America, white-picket-fence childhood. Which of your tattoos do you regret the most? What was bail set at in your first arraignment? What is the first name of your elementary school tormentor? Which Black Sabbath album did you buy first?