Question: How big a pencil-neck trivia geek are you?
Answer a series of forehead-slapping anecdotal factoids. It’s up to you to weigh each fact in each anecdotal factoid. They’re tricky. One might seem like total B.S. until it’s revealed to be strangely and disturbingly “True.” Another anecdotal factoid might seem to contain all solid and verifiable facts until it’s revealed to be yet one more big fat garden variety “Bald-Faced Lie.” And here’s the trickiest part: an anecdotal factoid might even be “Half-True“; in other words, a mishmosh of truths and bald-faced lies, where you don’t know where one ends and the other begins, much like the usual slop served by Madison Avenue, Washington D.C., and the Internet in its entirety.
Category: A Curtsy for the Queen
Decide for yourself, and mark “T” for “Truth”, “F” for “Bald-Faced Lie” or “TF” for “Half-Truth” in the blank slot next to each factoid.
The answers will be revealed in a follow-up “Answers” article.
1) __ During World War II, before she became the Queen, Elizabeth joined the women’s division of the British Army and trained to be a mechanic for Army vehicles.
2) __ In 2003, a British tabloid reporter went undercover in Buckingham Palace, hired as a royal footman. While employed by the Queen, he took photos of the royal breakfast table that included a Tupperware box filled with cereal, and took photos of the royal bathroom that included a rubber duck in the royal bathtub.
3) __ The Queen’s real birthday is on April 21, but she officially celebrates her birthday on either the first, second, or third Saturday in June, depending on the weather. She celebrated her 80th birthday on June 17, 2007.
4) __ Besides being the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Papua New Guinea, and several other countries, Queen Elizabeth II also “owns” by mandate the sturgeons, whales, and dolphins in the waters surrounding the U.K. These are also known as the “Fishes Royal.”
5) __ In 1982, an intruder dressed as Batman scaled the walls and broke into Buckingham Palace. Once inside, he managed to dodge the Palace’s electronic security system and guards. He then found the Queen’s bedroom, waking her up. Showing supreme courage, Queen Elizabeth had an amiable chat with the intruder. It was only when “Batman” asked for a cigarette that the Queen was able to trigger an alarm.
An unstable unemployed man, Michael Fagan, was sent to a mental health facility for three months. When later asked why he was dressed like Batman, Fagan told reporters that his secret identity was Bruce Wayne.
6) __ Before the Royal Wedding, Prince Philip abandoned his titles Prince of Greece and Denmark and he converted from the Greek Orthodox religion to Elizabeth’s Anglican religion. Born on the Greek isle of Corfu, Philip also had to become a naturalized British citizen.
Also, many of Philip’s German relatives were not invited to the wedding because of prior Nazi sympathies. The Duke of Windsor, the former King Edward VIII, also wasn’t invited because of his Nazi sympathies.
(see part two for answers)