Old Wives' Tales
Radio & TV
Toxin du jour
Legend: A young man busy pleasuring himself discovers his mother has left a cup of tea at his bedside.
Example: [Collected via -email, 1994]
No doubt since time immemorial mothers have been catching their sons masturbating. What elevates this tale into the realm of legend are the little details that lead to this lad's coming to the inescapable conclusion that his mother witnessed what he'd been up to — he's spared a confrontation, but at the price of a shaming realization. Will he ever be able to look Mom in the eye again? Also, it wasn't a mere garden variety wank he was indulging in, what with a pair of ladies panties over his head and his nose happily inhaling their feminine scent. Such a mental image leaves an indelible mark on the minds of those merely hearing the tale, so it's not difficult to imagine how long that picture would remain with the lad's mother.
Barbara "intimate portrait" Mikkelson
Sightings: On 21 March 2011, Craig Ferguson related the tale on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson as having happened to "a guy he knows" back when that man was a teenager. In that version of the tale, mom leaves a sandwich and a glass of milk next to his bed.
Last updated: 18 July 2011
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