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Old 13 February 2014, 10:07 AM
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Comment: I just heard that the Amish put boots on their mailboxes to let
outsiders know that they are looking for sperm donors because they are
trying to change their dna make up.They have the donor enter a room where
there is a blanket hung up and a hole in it so they can't see the woman.I
have only heard this from one person but they said they heard it from
someone who knows "for a fact" that it is true.
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Old 13 February 2014, 02:59 PM
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So...An Amish gloryhole? All of these legends in this thread sound like they originated from erotic fanfic writers.
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Old 13 February 2014, 03:34 PM
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Dearest Farm Digest Monthy:

I didst not thinkith that this woudst happen to mine own self...
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Old 13 February 2014, 03:38 PM
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I read a novel last week (Jeffery Deaver: don't judge me!) that mentioned that Amish families with marriageable daughters left one curtain pulled to the side as a signal. Why they need a signal, it did not specify.
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Old 13 February 2014, 05:42 PM
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As Amish communities tend to be rather close-knit, I don't see why they would need a signal--everyone would know if the Yoders or the Kaufmanns had a girl that age.

It would be interesting to hear how the 'blue door' story got started, though.
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Old 13 February 2014, 07:21 PM
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I remember a pseudo-trivia question asking why so many rural US barns are painted red. The answer was that this was the cheapest color of paint.

But why would someone Amish have a "vivid" or "ostentatious" coat of paint on their house? Seeing that they are both frugal and practical, I could imagine that if someone Amish got some brightly colored paint for free, they would not use that paint in a prominent location, unless it was the last resort. They would maybe trade it for a more "plain" color, or use it in a less visible area, but painting a door would be very much of an attention-getting action. If Amish folk moved into a house that was brightly or garishly painted, I would imagine that they would paint it at their earliest convenience, so having an overt signal is not likely.

As for a less overt "signal" that there was a marriageable daughter, who were available for courting, well, would it not be up to the parents to decide when their daughter was available? Sure, there might be social conventions, but wouldn't parents decide upon when their daughter has enough maturity to be married, and when she is no longer a critical part of the household? Imagine a family with a daughter who was in her late teens, but there were many young children and a mother who was, perhaps, older, infirm, or even dead? Would her availability for marriage (with her father's blessing) not be delayed because she was still caring for siblings?
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Dearest Farm Digest Monthy:

I didst not thinkith that this woudst happen to mine own self...
This may be one of my favorite comments ever.
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This may be one of my favorite comments ever.
Yes, unfortunately for GenYus, he has won the internet, and now has to pay all the taxes on it.
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