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(Boston Globe)   Adopted man discovers he's from royalty. In other news, local geneologists phones explode   ( divider line
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2003-03-10 11:19:35 AM  
A geneologist studies Barbra Eden.
2003-03-10 11:28:41 AM  
it's called an "apostrophe."

Use it.
2003-03-10 11:57:32 AM  
Lordy- they actually let a Negro into Eagan.
2003-03-10 12:01:38 PM  
Bet he's glad he's in the USA and not Nigeria!
2003-03-10 03:21:01 PM  
He found out about it from a nigerian 419 email.


Now that the king's line is found to exist, no one can get 30% of the 45 million anymore!
2003-03-10 03:21:16 PM  
That's weird. Last week I found out my brother is a queen.
2003-03-10 03:21:21 PM  
As long as helpful Nigerians don't promise to help him to his family fortune, for a fee...
2003-03-10 03:21:28 PM  
I think I'd rather be a common man in the U.S.A. then a chief in Nigeria...
2003-03-10 03:21:35 PM  
I just saw this on Sanford & Son the other day. Fred finds out he's descended from a Jewish king. Turns out to be a scam at the end.
2003-03-10 03:24:11 PM  
Of course he's from royalty. Everyone in Nigeria must be rich since every dumb fark under the sun keeps responding to the Nigerian email scam.

"We want to transfer to overseas account($126,000.000.00 USD)...

I got your contact through some discreet inquiry from the chamber of commerce and industry, you and your organization were revealed as being quite astute in private entrepreneurship, one has no doubt in your ability to handle a financial business transaction......"

2003-03-10 03:27:29 PM  
This story isn't true. It's just a publicity stunt that was put on by my local high school. The Spring musical was "Me and My Girl" and they were hoping this would boost ticket sales. Don't believe everything you read.
2003-03-10 03:29:40 PM  
King Ralph surrenders.
2003-03-10 03:32:07 PM  
It's a well-known fact that all children of Nigerian royalty go to school at Northern Iowa University.
2003-03-10 03:32:07 PM  
Next stop: Queens to look for a bride.
2003-03-10 03:34:28 PM  
I'll be the first to say it: BEST. STORY. EVER.
2003-03-10 03:35:12 PM  
Yeah, I was thinking John Goodman has already done this in a movie...
Life imitating art, eh...
2003-03-10 03:38:07 PM  
If I ever find out im a king of a country I'll kick everyone out of it and move all farkers in.
2003-03-10 03:38:11 PM  
Reminds me of that movie with John Goodman. The one where he's a vegas performer, but he is a distant relative of the King of England who just died or something.
2003-03-10 03:38:36 PM  
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2003-03-10 03:40:42 PM  
Stupid me not read ing previous comments and fark's servers being slow. Carry on.
2003-03-10 03:41:13 PM  
Speaking as an adoptive parent, I'm screwed. One of the big advantages of "open" adoptions (like my son's) is that kids don't have unrealistic expectations of who their birthparents were since they know them.

Now this. "Well, you see son, some adoptive kids *do* have princes for birthfathers. But you don't."

Sigh. I can just see it now: "Are you *totally* sure that they're my real birthparents? No royalty?"

2003-03-10 03:42:46 PM  
I've known since I was a child that I was a royal pain in the a$$.

Having said that, how many pancakes does it take to cover a doghouse?
2003-03-10 03:50:20 PM  

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA! Hee hee. Ahhhhhh. Good times.
2003-03-10 03:50:36 PM  
Forget the geneologists phone lines being jammed - it's the adoption searchers that will see an increase in business.

Edremy: Does your son know he's adopted? My sister gave up a child for adoption 40 years ago, and the adopted parents made a big secret out of him being adopted and then spent his entire life telling him what a monster/slut/whore, etc. his birth mother was. He did a search, found my sister and then proceeded to make her life a living hell.
2003-03-10 03:59:31 PM  
How close is Zumunda to Nigeria?
2003-03-10 04:05:41 PM  
AuntofDogFace - "Made her life hell"? How so, pray tell?

2003-03-10 04:06:12 PM  
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2003-03-10 04:06:36 PM  
Anti_Freak_Machine: if you move me to Nigeria, I'm gonna kick your ass. Well, I would if it weren't so hot in Nigeria. I'd certainly sit around in the shade, fanning myself, and cast occasional sour glances in your direction.
2003-03-10 04:11:44 PM  
Most. Non. Sequitur. Headline. Ever.
2003-03-10 04:14:41 PM  
They forgot to add a picture of the guy:
2003-03-10 04:20:17 PM  
AuntofDogface:: Edremy: Does your son know he's adopted?

Well, he's not old enough to really understand, but it's not exactly a secret. We've got pictures of his birthmother in his room, she comes and vists occasionally, he goes to picnics thrown by both our agency as well as the local adoption group, we've got adoption books scattered around the house...

Open adoption means exactly that; it's open. In his case it would be hard to fool him for long anyway: he's biracial and we aren't.

Modern domestic adoptions are usually open these days, although some birthmothers prefer closed. I feel sorry for those kids, although given public opinion I can understand why some birthmothers simply don't want to deal with it.
2003-03-10 04:20:49 PM  
my dad used to call me princess ass-ache.
2003-03-10 04:23:53 PM  
They forgot to add a picture of the guy:

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2003-03-10 04:31:13 PM  
Anus: Kind of hesitant to go into detail 'cuz my nephew, for all I know, could be lurking... He pretty much blamed my sister for any and every negative thing that has happened to him. He's gay and a pretty miserable person. His adopted parents said it's my family's fault he is gay because my cousin and I (both in our 40's) are gay because we never married, so, therefore, we are to blame. (My cousin and I are as straight as the day is long)

My sister ended up in the hospital, suicidal. There were other factors, but he was the straw that broke the camel's back.

We welcomed him with open arms...
2003-03-10 04:34:56 PM  
Edremy: I think the way you are handling it will work out best for your son. And yeah, him being bi-racial would make the adoption hard to keep secret. Bottom line, adopting is admirable; adopting a bi-racial child is even more admirable.

My sister fought like crazy to keep her baby, but at 15, it's kind of tough. Even with all of the heartache he caused when he found her, she still loves him, but doesn't like him all that much.
2003-03-10 04:39:59 PM  
DNA evidence points to the King of Town and an as-yet-determined sheep...

Experts are baffled...
2003-03-10 04:40:03 PM  
I'm sorry, but Ude Ekeh Marty Johnson ain't gonna make it in Nigeria. He'll have to change his name. :D
2003-03-10 04:43:27 PM  
I can see it now, a sequel, "This Knights Tale" he'll be a spearchucker that cleans the country up of all poachers!

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2003-03-10 04:45:55 PM  
2003-03-10 04:50:48 PM  
Bottom line, adopting is admirable; adopting a bi-racial child is even more admirable.

I often hear this, and I have to wonder why. My wife and I are the lucky ones: we've got a great kid. (Even if I want to throttle him about half the time.) The skin color bit may be a problem some day, but a good fraction of adoptive parents end up with kids of a different race.

The real hero here is our birthmother. She managed to realize that she wasn't going to be able to take care of the kid and get her college degree at her age, so she made sure he was ok as well as finding a way to stay in his life. He'll be better for it in the long run, even if it's damn hard for her. (And it obviously is, despite her telling us she's fine.)
2003-03-10 04:56:57 PM  
Edremy: I made the statement about it being even more admirable because he's bi-racial due to the fact that a lot of people looking to adopt want that "perfect" baby and would never consider adopting outside of one's race. Furthermore, there could be some challenges down the road for you and your son. Then again, in this day and age, people tend to be a bit more progressive.

It truly, truly warms my heart that you think the birthmother is the hero. She could have just gotten an abortion - it takes strength to be able to give up a child and then be able to have contact with the child knowing he is no longer "yours". Yes, she is the hero!

Bottom line, you and your wife are GOOD people..
2003-03-10 05:20:54 PM  
he probably doesn't want to stay because then he couldn't get his grandfathers money out of the country and would be forced to email people for help.
2003-03-10 05:31:49 PM  
yeah, I'm goin to Zumunda for my next vacation!
2003-03-10 05:35:04 PM  
AuntofDogface, my adopted mom used to give me shiat like that too - although i've always known i was adopted

when i met my real mom my life turned around because i realized that i didn't have the crappy genes that a'mom had convinced me i had

its hard to shake the effects (insecurities) of being brought up that way though, and tracing my real mom made me realize that most things are genetic and not learned....
2003-03-10 06:02:13 PM  
another coming to america post in 5..4..3..2...
2003-03-10 06:42:03 PM  
Bijou: I'll help you get over your insecurities. Your bio pic is farked, but I remember what it looked like.
2003-03-10 08:50:57 PM  
My younger brother is adopted -- he just seems to be happy that he's not Polish like the rest of the family!
2003-03-10 09:21:56 PM  
09rapK - thanks! - geocities won't let me link so i just did the web page...
2003-03-10 11:14:12 PM  
Nice, i wish i was royalty. fark!
2003-03-10 11:21:25 PM  
As an adopted child, I would like to know my heritage, but because I was adopted through Catholic Social Services, they can and still refuse to unseal my records. I don't know if it would be worth the cost of a lawyer to find out...

Any other farkers have this experience?
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