When Pauline Phillips put pen to paper, she became a completely different person. That person was Abigail Van Buren – “Dear Abby” as she was known to her legion of loyal readers. The celebrated advice columnist, and twin sister to equally famous columnist Ann Landers, died Wednesday at age 94.
Abigail Van Buren, better known as Dear Abby, holds a photo showing her mother and father ... In 1905, her parents ... were faced with the decision of a lifetime, whether to leave Russia. It would be 13 years before Rebecca gave birth to the twins who would become America's best-loved advice columnists. (AP Photo/Doug Pizac)
Van Buren left behind a massive legacy of good advice. Some of her advice was funny, some sassy, some very serious. And some of it was just plain weird… but only because some of the questions she was asked were equally weird. Many of these were immortalized in Van Buren's The Best of Dear Abby collection, and some of them are too strange to believe.
But can you guess which ones? Below are five letters to Dear Abby. For each one, we'll give you three responses to choose from. One is the real deal, Dear Abby's answer. The other two are fakes, made up by us. How many can you get right?
1. Dear Abby,
Is it possible for a man to be in love with two women at the same time?
a. Not if he knows what's good for him.
b. Yes, and also hazardous.
c. That's not love, it's lust. You need to choose.
2. Dear Abby,
My boyfriend is going to be twenty years old next month. I'd like to give him something nice for his birthday. What do you think he'd like?
a. Never mind what he'd like. Give him a tie.
b. How about a dozen roses? Men give us flowers all the time – we can do the same for them.
c. This sounds like a job for Dr. Ruth.
3. Dear Abby,
Are birth control pills deductible?
a. Only if they work.
b. Only if they don't work.
c. Is Viagra?
4. Dear Abby,
When you are being introduced, is it all right to say, "I've heard a lot about you?"
a. Only if what you've heard is all good.
b. Only if what you've heard is all bad.
c. It depends on what you've heard.
5. Dear Abby.
Do you think about dying much?
a. No, it's the last thing I want to do.
b. Only when I get weird questions like this one.
c. All the time.
While you work on your answers, here's a video memory of Abigail Van Buren for you to watch…
And now, the answers!
If you got them all right, you're a superstar – maybe you should start writing an advice column yourself! We bet it would be great… but we have to admit, our hearts would still be with Dear Abby.
Written by Linnea Crowther