Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Happy Monday - Nine shattered childhood illusions

From Journolists in the Daily Mail:-

The cast of Thunderbirds are really puppets.
The cast of Neighbours aren't.
The tooth fairy doesn't actually use your old teeth for anything.
Michelangelo wasn't a turtle.
The presenters of Blue Peter read from a script.
Eating crusts doesn't make your hair curl.
The pop charts are based on returns from one shop in Goole.
The contestants on Blind date are all unemployed actors.
Avoiding the cracks in pavements doesn't necessarily mean you won't have bad luck.


  1. I'm sort of relieved about the tooth fairy, you know, I used to have slight nightmares imagining what her premises were like, filled with all those teeth :D

  2. This was a scheduled blog posting - so how come a Happy Monday appeared on a Wednesday? I refuse to even wonder about it any more.

  3. oh, my, that's a lot of disappointing news! :D you are a riot, CJ
    in the USA, the childhood chant is "step on the crack, break your mother's back." your about sidewalk cracks is much less dire, don't you think?
    as a first grade teacher, before I knew about the Ninja turtles, I thought it marvelous that my kiddies knew about the great artists! so funny. I think that however one learns is better than not learning at all.
    I'm not familiar with Thunderbirds. is it a TV series in the UK?

    1. Thunderbirds was an early British science fiction television series first broadcast during 1965 and 1966 which was devised by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and made by their company, AP Films, using a form of marionette puppetry dubbed "Supermarionation". The series followed the adventures of International Rescue, a secretive organisation created to help those in grave danger using technically advanced equipment and machinery launched from its hidden Tracy Island base. The head of the organisation, ex-astronaut Jeff Tracy, and his five sons piloted the "Thunderbird" crafts while its London agent was Lady Penelope who had a pink Rolls Royce, registration FAB1.
      There you are, Norma, too much information!

  4. I know for a fact about the tooth fairy because I came across all our kiddos lost teeth in a ziplock baggie in my hubby's top drawer. The Ninja turtles were favs of my boys when they were little and I have 4 plastic "turtle" cereal bowls that look like Ninja turtles..and all my Grandkiddos love them. I know this has hardly anything to do with your post, but the Michelangelo statement made me laugh!

    1. I found some of Son-who-watches-films' teeth in a plastic film container from the days of 35mm films - just the other day! And there is still a turtle mug in our mugs cupboard!

  5. We used to say "Step on a crack, break your mother's back". Hey, I didn't make it up, just telling you what mean little kids would say!
    Hey, I love your little picture on the side saying "Behind every great blog, is an unfed husband...or family". Reminds me of telling you that I had to stop typing, that old FOOD got in the way!
    And I think eating crusts does make your hair curl. It worked for me!

  6. I did not know about the cracks in the pavement, but having been raised in France I guess we had other illusions. I knew about placing my lost tooth under my pillow before I fell asleep, but when I was small in France, it was not a tooth fairy but a little mouse who was supposed to come and get my tooth and leave a little gift behind.

    1. I like the idea of the mouse - less scary than a Tooth Fairy (especislly if it is a Terry Pratchett one).

  7. Thanks for bursting my bubble CJ.
    I always thought the tooth fairy was some rich fairy with lots of cash to spread around, since I always got a dollar or more for my tooth under the pillow.
    I think one year my parents forgot to leave me a dollar and when I woke up, the tooth was still there. They told me she had too much work that night and to leave it there. I found a dollar under my pillow the next morning, and the tooth was nowhere in sight.
    What does she do with all those teeth? She must be a hoarder...


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