Old Wives' Tales
Radio & TV
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Legend: After an airliner encounters a particularly rough patch of turbulence, the captain comes on the intercom to reassure the passengers that everything is okay and that the flight should be smooth one the rest of the way. He forgets to turn off the intercom, however, and everyone in the passenger cabin hears his subsequent comment to the
Origins: This joke-cum-legend offers a healthy dose of male chauvinism in featuring that classic object of male sexual fantasies, the comely
A humorous story that started out as a joke, this legend has changed with the times, as the two versions above demonstrate. The earlier version is bit of good-natured — if sexist — fun, employing the common motif of embarrassing private thoughts accidentally broadcast over an open microphone. Since then, it has assumed a much more crude and demeaning form.
Sightings: Look for this one in the 1997 film Good Will Hunting.
Last updated: 12 July 2007
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