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10 things you did not know about Taylor

TAYLOR SWIFT is permeating the media this week promoting her album“Red” . . . so why not test your Taylor trivia with the “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Taylor Swift”. A couple of them actually surprised me.

#1.) She’s an award-winning poet. In the fourth grade, Taylor’s poem “Monster In My Closet” placed first in a national poetry contest. Here’s the poem: “There’s a monster in my closet and I don’t know what to do /Have you ever seen him? /Has he ever pounced on you?”

#2.) Taylor’s dad owns 3% of her record label. He was an early investor in Big Machine Records.

#3.) Taylor’s brother Austin is a student at Vanderbilt University. He transferred from Notre Dame.

4.) The DIXIE CHICKS were a major influence. There are others . . . but she ranks the Chicks way up there.

#5.) She wrote a novel when she was 12. It’s 350 pages and it’s DONE. (–She only wrote it to make the rest of us feel like underachievers.)

#6.) Taylor’s grandmother on her mom’s side was an opera singer.

#7.) Her first job involved tons of bugs. She knocked praying mantis pods out of trees on her family’s Christmas tree farm.

#8.) Taylor Swift was the first “Saturday Night Live” host to ever write their own monologue. It was song she wrote called “My Monologue Song”.

#9.) The thought of a real tattoo actually terrifies her.

#10.) She’s sort of blind. When she’s not wearing glasses, she’s wearing contact lenses.