Sunday, August 24, 2008

Fun Monday: Best Forgotten Facts

From Long Ago

First Communtion 1965I went to Catholic school, so unless Sherman and Peabody used the Wayback Machine to meet James Garfield, I wouldn't have gotten the lowdown on our twentieth president the way that Mindy over at Mama Drama did.

Rocky and Friends gameI was the youngest and therefore regarded as something which crawled out of my older sibling's butt.

Little brother
I was the recipient of many useless pieces of misinformation; here are a few I'd like to forget.

˚I learned that if you swallow watermelon seeds, watermelon will sprout in your stomach.
˚You can always trust Shirley Valenza and Mary Torterisie to buy your candy over recess.
Black licorice˚If you touch so much as a blade of grass on the Indian Mounds, tribal chiefs will rise from their graves and take revenge. They especially hate little blonde girls.
˚If you don't stand perfectly still while the Trigg's bassett hound is wilding about the neighborhood, it will bite you in the ass (that one is true).
˚Rebel, the wilding hound, had rabies, so said my sister who should know (I never questioned why she should know), and I was getting 8,000 shots in my stomach unless I died first, in which case they would still give all the shots to my corpse.

Zander,Roscoe,girlBiting little girls, simply outrageous, is it not Zander?
Indubitably, Roscoe, indubitably.

Rocky flickr photo courtesy of JBoone

44 comments:

C said...

LOL!!!

I LOVE that last photo! Classic!

BTW, I was also told that about swallowing watermelon seeds. I accidentally swallowed a watermelon seed when I was 6 years old and was sure that a watermelon would start to grow inside of me.

I was also told that if you swallow bubble gum, you'll get constipated.

Oh, and if you eat lots of chicken then you'll end up with big boobs.

Jeanna said...

Hey C., how's your dream life going? You got the seeds growing in your stomach as well? Who starts all that nonsense. I really thought I did and only when I started complaining that the watermelon plant in my tummy was hurting and the vine was choking me did they stop. Or at least slow down some.
I got the bit about bubble gum too, but it never stopped me. Swallowed it until not too many years ago for spite.
I must have eaten a helluva lot of chicken then.

Faye said...

It was that blond cuteness that made you the object of all the mis-information. My friend was a blond Shirley Temple and her older sister--an unfortunate carrot top--hated her. Their mother would say "Go down the street and tell Shirley to come home for supper." Sister Pat would march down and beat her all the way home. "Mother said to get home for supper!"

I knew about the 8,000 shots in your stomach for rabies, but had no idea that what remained after your death had to be shot in your corpse!

Nitronea said...

I thought that bubble gum couldn't be digested if I swallowed it, it would be in my stomach forever. And we all knew about those watermelon seeds. Is that why we now have seedless watermelons?

Gattina said...

Hahaha ! it's amazing what we believed when we were children ! Mr. Gattino always eats a lot of watermelon, I wonder that he hasn't become a watermelon himself by now !

IamwhoIam said...

You forgot a few, you will die if you don't wait a hour after eating to go swimming. If you make that face it will freeze like that forever.

Hootin' Anni said...

Oh my goodness! This is terrific!

Loved this Fun Monday. Mine is posted. Hopefully this is a bit on the 'FUNny side' too. Drop by if you can, won't you? Happy day to you.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Ahhh cut pics, and how tough was it being the youngest? I'm sure we were equally mean to my little brother but he loves us now. ;D

Sandcastle Momma said...

I love that picture! That is too funny. I also thought watermelons would grow in my stomach if I swallowed a seed and when they were ripe they'd pop out of my belly button LOL My mother used to tell me that if you didn't clean your ears crops would grow in there and then people would make fun of you for having corn and peas sprouting out of your ears LOL

Jeanna said...

Hey Faye, I don't know how cute I was, but my older sister and cousin were full of it.

Yes, Nanci, that's why we have seedless watermelons.

Well Gattina, are you sure nothing is blooming?

IamwhoIam, my face did freeze like that and I always wanted to die in the water.

Will do, Hootin', always enjoy your posts.

I was so trusting, Jo, but I did have a cousin two years younger to pick on so that helped.

iPost said...

You are hysterical! i have heard the "misinformation" complaint from several Catholic school people today!

nikki said...

Oh my gosh, you are fricking hilarious.

Here I thought I was pregnant, little did I know it was just watermelons.

Pamela said...

YUP! I remember the watermelon story. ha ha

Jeanna said...

Hi Sandcastle Momma, wish I had thought of the belly button thing, just thought they'd grow out of my throat and I'd choke to death. We also got the potatoes out of the ears bit.

It makes you wonder, doesn't it, IPost? Those schools weren't and ain't cheap, either.

Nikki, wouldn't it be funny if the kid loved watermelon. I know I do...makes you think.

What is with these stories, Pamela? To be nationwide like that. Maybe it had something to do with Hollywood in the Great Depression. It would be interesting to find out.

Sandy said...

I love your First Communion photo! My sibs told me that if you struck your mother, your hand would stick out of the grave! Of course, I already knew that if you struck your mother, God was gonna smite me!

Beckie said...

This had me rolling on the ground laughing! I learned some VERY similar lessons as a child.

That game - I think I had that game. I had no recollection of that game until I saw the picture - I had completely forgotten.

C said...

Ditto on the chicken thing! ;)

Jan said...

Great post, and fun pics to go with it.

Woodlandmama said...

Did you have to bring a phonebook on dates in case you had to sit on your dates lap?

lisaschaos said...

Too funny! I know my youngest could share some unbelievable things his siblings told him.

Karmyn R said...

Oh how terrible you older siblings were. I never did that to my younger sisters...no siree...uh uh... i'll never admit it. hahahahaha

Jeanna said...

Hey Sandy, that is a GOOD one, and how can you help but think of Carrie? That's less than half of the photo, maybe I'll post the whole thing one day.

Hi Becky, funny about the game thing. I was talking to blogger bud, Jodie, and she got me thinking about the board game Shenanigans and how it was one of my favs.

You seem like a buxom brunette, C. Are these pregnancy boobs or a little bit of both?

Thanks Jan, just a few leftovers.

Ha, ha, Woodlandmama, no on the phone book, but no white clothes or accessories allowed (because the boys would think of bedsheets and then we'd all go to hell for sure).

Hi Lisa, my sister and cousin were pure evil.

Stephanie, Mama Dramatist said...

Yeah, my older cousins told me the watermelon story. Oh, and a similar one about oranges. I remember the terror I felt that an orange tree would come sprouting out of my ear after I accidently swallowed an orange seed one time!!!

survivor said...

LMAO! I rememeber the watermelon seeds one and " if you step on a sidewalk crack - break your mothers back." My mother always told my brother and I, we could run away anytime (she even bought us suitcases) but we could never cross the street! -i use to be so mad at my mother I would step on every crack.

storyteller said...

I was ‘youngest’ too and told MANY ‘tales’ such as these as well. Love the illustrations today … and Molly wants to play with Zander and Roscoe … now! Thanks for dropping by Small Reflections earlier ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

C said...

LOL! Jeanna, a bit of both. Now with the pregnancy, a bit more so though!

P.S. I just read your latest comment on my last post. What did you find? Your Dairy Queen ice cream maker??? Way cool!!!

grace said...

I was told that too, if you swallow any kind of seeds, it will grow on your head

TxGambit said...

I was the oldest so I got to teach my younger brothers all kinds of fun things. hee, hee... Isn't that why we have younger siblings?

Sauntering Soul said...

Add me to the long list who feared once or twice that watermelons were sprouting in me. And I was taught that bubble gum would digest after 7 years if you swallowed it.

Jeanna said...

Ah ha, Karmyn, you torturer, you. Maybe you should have a post called "The Lies I Told My Little Sisters."

Hi Steph, ear, belly button, esophagus, it's all the same well travelled bit of misinformation. I've got to find out where that started. Those orange seeds are slippery little buggers.

Hahaha, Survivor, I can see a kid doing that. I got the sidewalk crack and the (no I wasn't going to say ass crack) broken mirror thing and Snow White all mixed up somehow.

Hey there, Survivor. Zander would be very friendly and Roscoe would be so excited he'd bark crazy loud and most dogs would just say "Cha, you know what. Uh uh."

Jeanna said...

Chrissy, John must be thrilled, tee hee.
No, not that dang Dairy Queen contraption, but remember a certain shirt I was going to send you in lieu of ice cream last spring? But with those bazoombas I wonder if it will fit (laughing).

MommyWizdom said...

O my, the horrible things you were told. Very creative Fun Monday - nicely done!

I hope you'll stop by for Pet Peeve Tuesday!

Jeanna said...

On your head, Grace? I hadn't heard that before, but I like the imagery.

Like what, TX Gambit. C'mon, fess up. I only dressed my little cousin up in make-up and girls clothes like he was a Barbie doll. Isn't that what little cousins are for?

Isn't that true about bubble gum, Sauntering Soul? I was told that not too long ago cuz I kept right on with the gum.

Hey MommyWizdom, I'll bookmark it right now. Funny it's Pet Peeve Tuesday as I'm doing a dog tribute tomorrow.

Alison said...

hmmm....I can totally relate to this post...going to catholic school and being #4 in a family of 5 and being the only girl....yep...I can totally relate!!

judysteapot said...

love the photo - things we believed when we were young - mind you sometimes I'm quite gullible now too

jodi said...

lol, aren't moms something? I love the watermelon story, and the gum will stick in your stomach story, and "ants will crawl in your ears, and die!" if you sleep on the grass. I was always worried about ants.

Lil Mouse said...

snicker. cute post. thanks for your comment re: the bears. Yes, I must admit, I think Orton is a much better player, however my husband isn't sure about that. I think it's the neckbeard. He thinks they are an abomination and as he figures Orton and Rex are fairly equally matched, at least if Rex was playing we wouldn't have to look at the neckbeard. I just say give me some clippers I'll get rid of the neckbeard for him. If you've ever seen Shrek 2, the cat says 'Can we shave him boss?' when the donkey passes out. that's what I say every time Orton plays. And when Rex plays? I say GROSS, MAN! he! As far as if it's allowed, well there are baby clothes with Bears stuff on them, so I suppose so. Just barely tolerated though as it seems to be Packers country more than that...

C said...

Ooooooooooohhhh!!! You found it?!?! That is too cool! LOL! That was last spring! Ahhh, Jeanna...you are too cute!!! XOXO

hulagirlatheart said...

Hahahahahahahahah!!!!!

Jeanna said...

Wow, Alison, that's a lot of kids. I preferred the spitting and hitting from the boys to the mental cruelty of the girls.

I hear ya Judy, I bet there are many things I still believe which are all messed up which just haven't come up yet.

Hey Lil Mouse, you're saying Iowa is full of cheeseheads? I guess with floating casinos and all it does attract many from across the border. I never thought of the neckbeard thing before, v.v. funny. I still have faith in Grossman. Remember when he was pretty good? For those few games? Remember that?

Hi Hula Girl, you know my mother has a crush on Rod Stewart too.

Jeanna said...

Ants you say, Jodi. Good thing you don't live anywhere with a lot of grass and trees. Is it better that the ants crawl in your ears and die or go on living?
You strike me as someone whose slept on the grass a time or few.

Jeanna said...

I know, do you believe it, C.? It was in one of those plastic crates I was just throwing stuff in and shoving to one side.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Hey Jeanna,

I just love that old picture of the little girls. Was that your first communion?

Cheers, Susan, or the other Italian who likes food. ;)

Jeanna said...

It sure was, Susan. Originally a huge photo with many, many second graders. Good to hear from you. Now I want cannoli and some pasta.