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The Ancient and Honorable Order of Turtles (“International Association of Turtles”, “Turtle Club”,or similar title) started as an informal “drinking club” between World War II pilots, self-described as “an honorable drinking fraternity composed of ladies and gentlemen of the highest morals and good character, who are never vulgar.” The fraternity is invitation-only.

To gain admission, one must answer four from a list of about twenty-five qualifying questions. Each question suggests a vulgar, lewd, or salacious answer, but the actual correct answer is rather innocuous. Once inducted, a member must reply to the question, “Are you a turtle?” with the password. Otherwise, the member must buy the questioner a drink. If the member is unable or unwilling (perhaps because of the restriction on vulgarity) to provide the correct answer, he or she owes to each other turtle present a drink of the recipient’s choice.

This website is officially sanctioned by the Supreme Imperial Turtle, Brother Denis P. McGowan, son of Hugh McGowan, one of the co-founders of the Turtles.