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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-11-13 05:43
Subject: [funny] My grandfather the troll
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Tags:family, funny, gender
When I was about four, my Granddaddy Lake told me that if I kissed my elbow, I'd turn into a girl. I walked around for weeks trying to do this. I didn't particular want to be a girl, I just wanted to know what it felt like. Mind you, he hadn't told me I could change back. I'd made that assumption all on my own.

So was my grandfather an early proponent of transgender awareness, or a just a troll?

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Sara: Humerus
User: goldfishsara
Date: 2012-11-13 14:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
OMG. My grandfather told us the same thing. Except he'd start out a story with, "When I was a little girl..." and we'd all go, "But Pap, you were a little boy!" And he'd say, "No, I was a little girl. But then one day I kissed my elbow and turned into a boy, and I liked it so much I never changed back."

Cue 10 grandchildren trying to kiss their elbows for the rest of the day.
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Dan/Дмитрий: The Sign at the End of the Universe
User: icedrake
Date: 2012-11-13 16:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:The Sign at the End of the Universe
I'm making a Google Calendar reminder to myself to try this in 25-30 years.

No, seriously, I just did.
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User: keikaimalu
Date: 2012-11-13 15:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
He was neither. Just a mischievous grandpa.

I remember a book when I was a kid that said that only the children of fairies (literal, not gay) could kiss their elbows. I wonder how far back the elbow-kissing meme goes.
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User: heron61
Date: 2012-11-13 22:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm guessing back to prehistory (with all manner of variants about what it does/who can do it).
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Dave Gallaher
User: dave_gallaher
Date: 2012-11-13 16:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think he was a grandfather, having fun with his grandson.
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User: mevennen
Date: 2012-11-13 16:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Some of the shit that my family has told me - including that leaving the plug in electrical sockets will blow up the TV, leaving the plug out will cause electricity to leak into little invisible pools on the carpet, and that eating cheese and spinach together will cause you to die. Quite how my father explains the continued existence of thousands of Italians, I have no idea. This is not trolling, but genuine incomprehension of somc basic physical laws. Your grandpa's example does sound like a wind up, though.
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User: e_bourne
Date: 2012-11-13 16:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Cruel (or amusing, depending on pov) family tricks. Every family has them. I think it's part of how we transmit our family culture -- who we are, what is funny to us, what is important.

I'm sure he was amused to watch you try to kiss your elbow, and thought little else about it. Likely, some family had done the same to him.
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desperance: luke
User: desperance
Date: 2012-11-14 00:29 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Just doin' his grandfatherly duty, messin' with your head...
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2012-11-14 01:46 (UTC)
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My dad used to tell me that. My three older sisters, OTOH, told me that if I swallowed a watermelon seed I'd end up with vines growing out of my ears.

Which is most likely why I still have a vine phobia to this day (well, that and being allergic to all kinds of ivy, not just the poisonous variety).
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2012-11-14 01:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Oh, and did you know that if you hold a guinea pig up by its tail its eyes will fall out?
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