Sunday, November 23, 2008

Mystery Woman Contest

I haven't run a contest here on my blog for a long time, over a year in fact. So I think it's time we had one, don't you? I have quite a collection of tasteless lovely gifts that have been given to me by one of the doctors at work, who brings me something every time she comes back from one of her trips to somewhere exotic. I have in my collection a candle in the shape of something completely unidentifiable, with a scent that I don't recognize. It's yours if you can tell me who is the woman in this picture. She is dressed in the style of the 1970s, with bell bottom jeans, a comfortable blouse, a sun hat and sunglasses. No, it isn't me, and no I won't give you any hints. Give it a try. The wilder and crazier the guess, the better. Take a chance. Anything goes! You just might be right.

Leslie, you might want to recuse yourself, since I think you know the answer. :-)

We have a winner! Cedar from Cedarflame has won the ghastly beautiful candle by guessing correctly.

The woman in the bell-bottom blue jeans is none other than Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith Sovereign of the Order of Canada, Sovereign of the Order of Australia, Sovereign of the Order of New Zealand, Sovereign of the Order of Barbados, Sovereign of the Order of Valour, Sovereign of the Order of Military Merit, Sovereign of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, Sovereign of the Queen's Service Order, Sovereign of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Sovereign of the Order of St. Andrew, Sovereign of the Order of Logohu, Sovereign of the Order of the Star of Melanesia.

That's not a bad looking little boat anchored in the background either...

19 comments:

Leslie: said...

Ha! Ha! Okay, I'll recuse myself because I actually DO know who it is. And it's NOT you or any personal friend. :D

Anonymous said...

Is it Geewits? Donna

Deb said...

Oh, I don't know who it is...but I was wondering if any of the doctors give you free drugs! Now that would be a very cool prize!

Deb said...

OK, I have a guess....Helen Mirren...

Cedar said...

Margaret Atwood

Cedar said...

Wait...my second guess is the Queen of England...no I am serious...I think that is the Queen of England..or Margaret Atwood.

Is there a prize? If there is a prize I need to know it is not a foot in a shoe.

Dr.John said...

I really have no idea.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Dang! Not even a chance to make a wrong guess.

Cedar said...

It was the hat. she wore the same one to Woodstock. Seriously, I don't make this stuff up.

ivan@creativewritig.ca said...

She was/is beautiful and she really is a queen.
I mean, she's 1/10 Ukrainian!

But the ermine! Animal rights! :)

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Margaret Atwood?

Well, I'm sure the Queen would envy Ms Atwood's beauty!

meggie said...

Well, I never would have guessed!! Hilarious.

Jo said...

Leslie, I knew you knew. :-)

Donna, no, no, no, no, no...! *heh*

Deb, free drugs? Um... *heh* And no, it's not Helen Mirren, but you are close!

Cedar, :::Bingo!!!:::

Dr. John, most people wouldn't.

LGS, sorry, I should have left the contest up longer... :-(

Cedar, you're a hoot!

Ivan, Margaret Atwood beautiful? She has a frozen face!

Meggie, I know! *heh*

Annie in Austin said...

What fun, Josie! I knew someone in your readers would guess right, and had no idea the mystery woman was Her Majesty.

But as an amateur genealogist I'm still trying to figure out how someone could be 1/10 Ukranian.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Annie in Austin:

Kievan princes. Way back in Kiev-Novgorod.
But I believe the strongest bloodline was Viking. These were the princes of Kiev c. 900AD. Proper Kievan royalty started with Vladimir the Great. European royalty intermarried then, as they have always done.

* Dodie al Faed's father claims
The Philip, the Duke of Edinborough's real name is Germanic...Worse thand that, it was Baron von Frankenstein!

Annie in Austin said...

Josie, thanks in advance for letting us indulge in conversation on your blog.

And thanks for your insight into Her Majesty's background, Ivan! But it wasn't the Croatian heritage that had me puzzled, it was the one-tenth.

Th following explanation will probably bore you unless you like fractions and/or like to play around with 3000+ people on family tree programs:

Because people have 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great-grandparents, 16 great-great grandparents, 32 great-great-great grandparents, etc., one usually sees the elements of a person's ancestry expressed in those fractions or sums of those fractions.

Having one Croatian great-grandparent would give you 12 and 1/2%. You can get close to 10% if there are Croatian ancestors at different levels... say one Croatian great-great grandparent(representing 6 and 1/4 percent) added to one Croatian great-great-great grandparent(that's 3 and 1/8th percent) would give you 9 and 3/8th percent. I'm not saying you couldn't juggle them to make them add up to 10% but you usually don't see that percentage.

Believe me, I do realize how picky and nerdy this sounds! And yes, she is beautiful ;-]

Annie

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Heh-heh.

Of course she's beautiful.

Looks liks my greandmother. Almost exactly. :)

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Omigod, I was just about to guess Queen Elizabeth II when I saw that you were posting the winner.

I didn't want the candle anyway, but I WAS RIGHT11111

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