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Ever thought that you could get flushed down the loo? That girls wee out their bottoms? Or that bumming means two men rubbing their bums together? Tell us about your childhood misconceptions. Thanks to Joefish for the suggestion.

(, Wed 18 Jan 2012, 15:21)
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Missed the 'Putdowns' QOTW. Can I just leave this here?
As a small boy, I believed that the doyenne of my mum's WI group earned the soubriquet 'Queen Jean' on account of her esteemed position among the jam and jerusalem set.

But no. Wibbly line yourself back to the early 60s.

As part of their work, the WI took it upon themselves to care for the elderly and infirm spinsters of the parish. It so happened that Jean was washing, ironing, cleaning and probably helping herself to the chocolate digestives of one such elderly lady, when there was a knock at the door.

Peering over the security chain, Jean espied a slightly shifty looking man in a long coat asking to see Mrs Elphinstone. Alert to the dangers to elderly ladies of predatory callers, Jean politely but firmly refused him entry and closed the door.

A second, somewhat more strident knocking raised her to to the door again, where the man was now accompanied by a woman, who also asked to see Mrs Elphinstone, but, without ID, appointment or invitation, was firmly rebuffed and the door shut, bolted and curtains closed.

I found out only recently, that for 30 years they called her 'Queen Jean' because she had slammed the door in the face of Her Britannic Majesty, Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas Queen, Defender of the Faith; a face not unknown in these islands and popularised on a wide range of coins, banknotes, stamps and commemorative kitchenware, who was travelling incognito to visit her elderly godmother.
(, Mon 23 Jan 2012, 9:46, closed)

So you're claiming that the Queen turned up "incognito" to visit her godmother who died over 20 years earlier?
(, Mon 23 Jan 2012, 17:17, closed)
Akshally she only died in 1961.
So it does fit the story.
(, Mon 23 Jan 2012, 20:25, closed)
O rly?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecilia_Bowes-Lyon,_Countess_of_Strathmore_and_Kinghorne

Who were you thinking of?
(, Tue 24 Jan 2012, 10:05, closed)
probably the one with the name 'elphinstone'
as opposed to 'bowes lyon'

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Elphinstone,_Lady_Elphinstone

And no, this is actually true. The stuff I make up is far less esoteric (although looking at the dates, it may have been her daughter). Or maybe I just knew that Elphinstone was the name of the Queen's godmother because she brought it up the other day whilst we were parked up in Aldi's car park in my brother's Accord?
(, Tue 24 Jan 2012, 14:27, closed)
Indeed
Cecilia was her grandmother and godmother, Mary was her aunt and godmother.
(, Tue 24 Jan 2012, 19:21, closed)
Either subtle trolling
Or you haven't changed very much from childhood.
(, Mon 23 Jan 2012, 19:16, closed)
For the Queen, incognito means being disguised as
a slightly shifty looking man in a long coat?
(, Mon 23 Jan 2012, 19:51, closed)

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