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Background of the Turtle Fraternity Questions

Where did the Turtle Fraternity Questions come from you might ask?

Let’s take a look at the men who started the Ancient and Honorable Order of Turtles and what was going on in their lives at the time. That will help you to understand the turtle fraternity questions.

Captain Hugh P. McGowan is credited as the instigator. Here is how he explains the beginning:

We were flying daytime bombing missions over Hitler’s Third Reich. We just wanted a little fun.
We had seen a sign showing that the ‘Ancient Order of Foresters’ and the ‘Royal Antedeluvian Order of Buffalos’ would meet in the local pub, and so I asked the governor of the pub what was that all about? The pub’s governor told us that the clubs’ local branches would meet in the pub’s back room, and that he would give them reduced prices for their pints and drinks for holding their meetings at his pub.
I asked him if our club could meet there, and he agreed, and asked for the name of our club.
I told him that we were the ‘Ancient and Honorable Order of Turtles,’ and it stuck.


I devised the name ‘Ancient and Honorable Order of Turtles’ for the fun of it. It soon spread throughout the bomber pilots, then the fighter pilots, and soon to other bombing groups and squadrons, and to other air bases. We even initiated members of the other Services, and soon,
even Allied pilots were being initiated as Turtles in the backrooms of pubs across England.

The Order was not meant to be serious, as it had no constitution or by-laws, no formal applications for membership, no dues or fees, and a simple initiation ritual. It was a relief from the horrors and dangers we saw every day on our missions. It spread after the War through the VFW and American Legion posts, and eventually, to colleges and even to the high schools of the U.S.A.“

Taken from this website, from the writings of Capt. McGowan’s son, Denis.


In the 1940’s during WWII the men played pranks or tricks on each other to blow off stress.

Gotcha’s were a thing.

A challenge and action.
When a Turtle is asked if he is a Turtle the password must be provided or a beverage is due. Asking in the presence of a superior officer may be intimidating giving the challenger a better chance to collect that beverage!

To join you must answer the turtle fraternity questions which are four dirty-sounding riddles with clean answers. By answering those riddles you prove you are Pure-Minded enough to be a member of the fraternity.

So to join in on the madness there must be a challenge!

Thus, the dirty-sounding riddles with clean answers. Tension is created during initiation as thoughts tend to turn dirty right away.

The person who is able to have fun with the crazy process is certainly qualified to become a Turtle and join the fraternity of the Ancient and Honorable Order of Turtles.

The four dirty-sounding riddles with clean answers are found on the Join page. Learn how you can become a Turtle.

You Bet Your Sweet Ass I Am


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