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(NPR)   What happens when everyone knows who your real mother is except you? Well, it happened to this man who learned his older sister was actually his mother   (npr.org) divider line 124
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2013-11-03 10:47:20 AM  
That happened to a big actor, I forget right now which one, ......he found out his "big sister" was actually his mother.
 
2013-11-03 10:47:47 AM  
venturefans.org
 
2013-11-03 10:51:56 AM  
Jack Nickleson.
 
2013-11-03 11:05:21 AM  
Awkward!
 
2013-11-03 11:10:54 AM  
And he makes a film about it and drives a greater wedge between himself and the rest of his family.  Sad, really.

I think the one lesson out of all this is that family secrets cannot be kept forever, and they are harmful.
 
2013-11-03 11:16:35 AM  

kimwim: That happened to a big actor, I forget right now which one, ......he found out his "big sister" was actually his mother.


Terrell Owens
 
2013-11-03 11:26:13 AM  
Well that makes those cold nights in shared beds all the more awkward ...
 
2013-11-03 11:31:49 AM  

kimwim: That happened to a big actor, I forget right now which one, ......he found out his "big sister" was actually his mother.


Bobby Darin.
 
2013-11-03 11:34:52 AM  
And by the way - it happened to my father, too.  He didn't know my grandmother was his mother, he thought he was an orphan.  Even though they lived in the same house, with her sister and mother.  Only when he finally allowed himself to cry about it did the shocked family realize he didn't know and tell him who his mother was.

Tells you alot about my grandmother, though.
 
2013-11-03 11:35:02 AM  
Eric Clapton
 
2013-11-03 11:48:32 AM  
To me, this shows what bullshiat the "traditional values" that right-wingers push were. They were all about appearance, not about the real thing. I mean, thinking that lying to a kid for 18 years about his parentage is preferable to admitting that he was born "out of wedlock" is pretty damn farked up.
 
2013-11-03 11:49:44 AM  
it happened to me. I figured it out at around 11 years old though, but yeah it sucked and wasn't fun. It is also something that I still have some issues with.

By that point I could no longer think of her as my sister /or/ my mother. It was a quandary and one I never fully solved.
 
2013-11-03 11:55:00 AM  

kimwim: That happened to a big actor, I forget right now which one, ......he found out his "big sister" was actually his mother.


Perry the Platypus.
 
2013-11-03 12:00:20 PM  
Also happened to Ted Bundy
 
2013-11-03 12:23:39 PM  
www.yourfaceisa.com
 
2013-11-03 12:24:35 PM  
I'm really impressed Trigg Palin is already telling his story.
 
2013-11-03 12:24:51 PM  

kimwim: That happened to a big actor, I forget right now which one, ......he found out his "big sister" was actually his mother.


Jack Nicholson, I believe.
 
2013-11-03 12:25:28 PM  

kimwim: That happened to a big actor, I forget right now which one, ......he found out his "big sister" was actually his mother.


thepinksmoke.com

This guy?
 
2013-11-03 12:27:16 PM  

phillyguy1547: I'm really impressed Trigg Palin is already telling his story.


Beat me to it
 
2013-11-03 12:27:19 PM  
My Mother, My Sister!  My Mother, My Sister!  My Mother, My Sister!

She's my Mother and my Sister. But not in a China Town kind of way!
 
2013-11-03 12:28:41 PM  
So, he didn't bother to find his biological father? I would, just to check out the genetic characteristics.
 
2013-11-03 12:29:57 PM  
My grandmother's sister was really her niece. It was an open secret to everyone but her 'sister.'

This was easy to pull off with home births and large families.
 
2013-11-03 12:30:24 PM  

brantgoose: My Mother, My Sister!  My Mother, My Sister!  My Mother, My Sister!

She's my Mother and my Sister. But not in a China Town kind of way!


Maybe that was why Nicholson was so good in  Chinatown. Different circumstances, but sort of the same theme.
 
2013-11-03 12:31:21 PM  
images4.wikia.nocookie.net

Yaaaar.
 
2013-11-03 12:34:01 PM  
I'm guessing all the cousins, uncles, and aunts (if there were any) had to be in on this too. Same for his mother's friends. Seems like an awful lot of trouble to go through to avoid admitting you had a kid out of wedlock.

I didn't finish the article, but did the guy ever ask about his father or try to find him?
 
2013-11-03 12:34:07 PM  

simplicimus: Maybe that was why Nicholson was so good in  Chinatown. Different circumstances, but sort of the same theme.


I'm not sure he knew it at that point. I know he didnt find out till later in life, but cant remember when.

/google kills barstool discussions
 
2013-11-03 12:34:18 PM  
Every single ounce of that mess was created by religion.
 
2013-11-03 12:34:36 PM  

catmandu: Also happened to Ted Bundy


Came here to say this.
 
2013-11-03 12:34:48 PM  
My grandmother was actually my great aunt. My dad always knew he was adopted, but didn't find out until I was a baby that his adopted mom was actually his biological aunt. And that a "cousin" he had in Texas was really his mother (unfortunately a death bed confession).

/Made sense when I was older why my great aunt and uncle always spoiled me (they were really my grandparents).
 
2013-11-03 12:35:08 PM  
Came in for Dermott Venture née Fictel. Leaving satisfied.

Go team failure!
 
2013-11-03 12:35:50 PM  
Sounds like it would make a great twist for one of those animes where the guy falls in love with his sister.
 
2013-11-03 12:36:54 PM  

simplicimus: So, he didn't bother to find his biological father? I would, just to check out the genetic characteristics.




Sounds like the Grandpa is also the father.
 
2013-11-03 12:38:22 PM  
I think the worst it that he was the only one in the community not to know. That brings a "The Truman show" vibe to his life.
 
2013-11-03 12:41:35 PM  
"What happens when everyone knows who your real mother is except you? Well, it happened to this man who learned his older sister was actually his mother"

Trivial. In the hills of Kentucky you can be your own uncle.


simplicimus: So, he didn't bother to find his biological father? I would, just to check out the genetic characteristics.


Why? These days you can spit in a tube and have it analyzed for $99. Sometimes you don't really need to know how bad the expressions of those genes can get. Some things can never be unlearned.

I never had any kids for several reasons. Fear of changing diapers wasn't it.
 
2013-11-03 12:45:04 PM  

BunkyBrewman: Eric Clapton


Really?
 
2013-11-03 12:45:27 PM  

Agent Smiths Laugh: Every single ounce of that mess was created by religion.


Well, be fair: About a teaspoon was caused by jizz.
 
2013-11-03 12:46:55 PM  
Son, she said....
Have I got a little story for you....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGiTPgvKktM">http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=wGiTPgvKktM


Yeah, I know it's about his father, but same general concept.
 
2013-11-03 12:50:19 PM  

HempHead: simplicimus: So, he didn't bother to find his biological father? I would, just to check out the genetic characteristics.

Sounds like the Grandpa is also the father.


Hence how he ended up on NPR.
 
2013-11-03 12:53:08 PM  

MFAWG: BunkyBrewman: Eric Clapton

Really?



No, Eric Clapton is not really BunkyBrewman's mother.
 
2013-11-03 12:53:17 PM  

Agent Smiths Laugh: Every single ounce of that mess was created by religion.


Too bad it's not true: even chipmunks have incest.
 
2013-11-03 12:54:33 PM  

FloydA: MFAWG: BunkyBrewman: Eric Clapton

Really?


No, Eric Clapton is not really BunkyBrewman's mother.


[citation needed]
 
2013-11-03 01:01:06 PM  
As far as I know, Eric Clapton is not my mother.


MFAWG: BunkyBrewman:

Eric Clapton Really?


http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2011/06/until-he-was-nine-eri c -clapton-thought-his-mother-was-his-sister/
 
2013-11-03 01:01:07 PM  
Back in the "olden days", you didn't have a child out of wedlock.  If a girl got pregnant in
high school, she went away to live with someone in another state, or got married to the
boy that did it.  Back in the day, people had something called morals, mannors, respect etc...
Now, 13, 14, 15 year old kids think it is a badge of honor to have a child out of wedlock.
Heck, that stupid network produces a "16 & pregnant" show that glorifies it!
Unwed mothers, lack of fathers, welfare, kids having kids...yeah, I know I'm old fashioned, &
will be flame bait, but how's it working out the way things have deteriorated in the last 40 or
so years since the great society, war on poverty and woman's lib movement?  And no I'm
not talking about women being relegated to being barefoot & pregnant either.  Responsibility
is something lacking in the world today.
 
2013-11-03 01:06:00 PM  
came for Jack Nicholson finding this out, left dissappointed.
 
2013-11-03 01:06:20 PM  

p51d007: Back in the "olden days", you didn't have a child out of wedlock.  If a girl got pregnant in
high school, she went away to live with someone in another state, or got married to the
boy that did it.  Back in the day, people had something called morals, mannors, respect etc...
Now, 13, 14, 15 year old kids think it is a badge of honor to have a child out of wedlock.
Heck, that stupid network produces a "16 & pregnant" show that glorifies it!
Unwed mothers, lack of fathers, welfare, kids having kids...yeah, I know I'm old fashioned, &
will be flame bait, but how's it working out the way things have deteriorated in the last 40 or
so years since the great society, war on poverty and woman's lib movement?  And no I'm
not talking about women being relegated to being barefoot & pregnant either.  Responsibility
is something lacking in the world today.




Ever notice how like drives education and car crashes, the more sex education there is in schools, the more girls get pregnant?
 
2013-11-03 01:06:39 PM  
I suspect my grandmother discovered her grandfather was her biological father which really shook her up. The story I was told was that Granny got shook up finding out she was born out of wedlock. But her level of grief seemed way too great for that story.
 
2013-11-03 01:09:06 PM  

Madman drummers bummers: [www.yourfaceisa.com image 500x285]


Came for this.
 
2013-11-03 01:13:19 PM  
i used to date a guy who's sister was really his mom
once i found that out i was done with the relationship
i mean i could not picture having these people in my life
 
2013-11-03 01:15:33 PM  

The One True TheDavid: FloydA: MFAWG: BunkyBrewman: Eric Clapton

Really?


No, Eric Clapton is not really BunkyBrewman's mother.

[citation needed]


i105.photobucket.com 

i105.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-03 01:22:56 PM  
Grew up in Rural Missouri, in a town of 600 people.  Knew at least half a dozen girls my age over the years who gave birth to their own brothers and sisters given this same exact mentality.

The whole town knew, and the whole town was in on the illusion because it ws better than facing the reality that young people were farking.  at least by the mindsets of the old people in the town.

As the young guy who wasn't farking because all the girls my age were glomming on to grown men, which again, wasn't seen as a bad thing, I never saw the whole point in it.
 
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