The Old Man And The...Lacey Bonnet

If it's ever seemed like Ernest Hemingway was suspiciously eager to prove his masculinity, this may provide a clue as to why: as a child, his mother dressed him in drag.

It's long been known that Papa had threatened to cut his mom off if she ever revealed anything about his childhood, and his sister's revelations about their early years explain why: according to Marcelline, their mother Grace was desperate for twin daughters, and despite the 18-month age difference between the kids, carried out the fantasy, holding her daughter back a year so the siblings would be in the same grade, and dressing the children in matching girl's clothes. Oh yeah — she also addressed her son as "Ernestine." To Have and Have Not, indeed. [MentalFloss]