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Jeeves fails to fail

In “Leave It To Jeeves”, Jeeves hatches a plan whereby Corky’s benefactor uncle (Alexander Worple) can meet Corky’s fiancee, Muriel Singer, before knowing than Muriel and Corky are engaged, so that Corky can marry Muriel without his benefactor’s disapproval (and … Continue reading

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Wodehouse Jute Pun

In PG Wodehouse’s “Leave It To Jeeves”, one of the stories is about Bruce “Corky” Corcoran, who desperately wants to avoid working in his uncle’s jute factory. The hideous pun? The scientific genus for jute is “Corchorus”, very similar to … Continue reading

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Who’s Corinna?

Every wondered who “Corinna” was in the Progressive Insurance dancing money commerical? It’s actually a reference to the city of Corinna, Maine (near Newport), where Progressive first started.

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Myth-Chief notes

One of the junk items Marmel and Marmilda’s dad had was “hundreds of folded documents” of “long, skinny maps”. This is a reference to the Trip-Tiks AAA used to give out to members to help them plan a trip. “Temple … Continue reading

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MythFortunes notes

Aahz mentions he’s “met some immortals”, a possible reference to the Golden Horde he met in a previous book. However, members of the Horde (eg, the Shield) have died, so they’re not truly immortal. Samwise’s staff tells a Gorgon that … Continue reading

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Can’t Put ‘em Down!

Until recently, the last book I read from cover to end without stopping was Nancy Kress’ short story “Beggars in Spain” (not the novel version that came out later). In the last few days, however, I’ve read through three books … Continue reading

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The Not-So-Great Pumpkin

In Alexander McCall Smith’s translation of the African story “Pumpkin” in “The Girl Who Married a Lion: and Other Tales From Africa”, elephants are eating a family’s pumpkin crop. A boy suggests that he (the boy) hide inside a large … Continue reading

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Super Ursa?

In Superman II, Ursa must acts like she’s been hurt when a snake bites her shortly after she lands on Earth. In reality, she was probably just angry or startled, since, as a Kryptonian on Earth, she would be invulnerable … Continue reading

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Democritus was right!

Some people say that Democritus was wrong in saying that the atom was the smallest particle, since we’ve now found electrons, neutrons, protons, not to mention quarks and mesons. However, Democritus merely said there *was* a smallest particle and he … Continue reading

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Why Science Sucks

Consider this simple example: MAN: I have added two numbers to get 16. SCIENTIST ONE: I hypothesize MAN has added 6 and 5. I test my hypothesis and find that it disagrees with the sum, so I reject it. SCIENTIST … Continue reading

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