It's quite charming, actually, that my father gets on so well with Julie - almost better than he does with me, I sometimes wonder, but that's fine with me. In my opinion, Julie is one of the personable people I know. It's almost impossible to not like her, she's that scattily charming. And considering that I'd always said (before they met) that Dad would be the one Julie would have to be the one to win over; Mum being so staunchly liberal it's beautiful.
Recently, we visited my folks and we were playing Scrabble (yes, there WILL be a Scrabble-themed Gem along soon...), and talking about what had been featured on Julie's Gems. Naturally, The Great Platypus Debate reared its unique head. I didn't have a computer handy, so I referred to the original notes I had jotted down in my omnipresent pad.
"Are platypuses like giant tortoises?"At this point, amidst the general laughter around the table, Dad decided to side with Julie in his own little way
"Well, they're similar shapes, aren't they?"
"...no.""They're both flat aren't they?"
Although I wouldn't put it past someone to try. Before various animal welfare societies heard about it, obviously...