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    She sounds interesting, Aunty. I was familiar...

    She sounds interesting, Aunty. I was familiar with a young man from Nantucket. His tale, though a classic in these parts, is only repeatable in its second and third lines:

    He said with a grin
    As...
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    In the post above, "I store this one last night"...

    In the post above, "I store this one last night" = I wrote this one last night--a predictive spelling screw up LitNet is not in the mood for letting me edit. I vaguely remember the "his feet were...
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    There are dozens and dozens of...

    There are dozens and dozens of ribald/scatological variations. I store this one myself last night. The original, called Casabianca, was written by Felicia Hemans in 1826. It richly deserves satire.
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  4. Thread: ditty

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    Coping is easy, Cacian. Send me a private message...

    Coping is easy, Cacian. Send me a private message and I will show you how. Come join those of us who are still laughing. :)
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    The boy stood on the burning deck, But then you...

    The boy stood on the burning deck,
    But then you know his fame:
    With martial art
    He'd aim a ----
    And set French fleets aflame.
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    Yup. Most skin cancers are not a big problem....

    Yup. Most skin cancers are not a big problem. Sunscreen and floppy hats. Mine was more serious (not a skin cancer at all) but it went down when I hit it hard. Good luck with yours--it'll be fine. :)
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    Now, all the kings men and a few of his horses...

    Now, all the kings men and a few of his horses
    Took a break from their orgies, affairs, and divorces.
    They posed for the papers while pasting Hump's shell
    Then dashed back to Windsor with an Oh,...
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    35 years free next summer.

    35 years free next summer.
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    I hope the baby and poor Herr Riesling manage to...

    I hope the baby and poor Herr Riesling manage to escape your canibalistic plans. Please M, steak and potatoes is enough. Not allowed to drink anymore, but I'll toast you with a little Beethoven. To...
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    It's hard to say, Cacian. Here are a few I have...

    It's hard to say, Cacian. Here are a few I have taken along with me in life. Storm Fear is probably the most personally meaningful, Sennacherib the most beautiful to hear (well, tied with A Midsummer...
  11. Thread: Pen Names

    by Pompey Bum
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    Pompey Bum is a pimp in Shakespeare's Measure for...

    Pompey Bum is a pimp in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. I took the name because my writing style is a little pompous and because I had recently retired early (and was thus a bum). I made it up...
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    So far I have awoken, covered my wife's legs with...

    So far I have awoken, covered my wife's legs with a blanket, poured myself a cup of room-temperature coffee (my preference), shot four or five spambots out of the sky, snickered contentedly to...
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    Brilliant. You are clearly our Kipling. :)

    Brilliant. You are clearly our Kipling. :)
  14. Thread: Hangman!

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    Yes! __ o __ __ __ __ i __

    Yes!

    __ o __ __ __ __ i __
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    A sad tale it is about ol' Senior Hump: Neither...

    A sad tale it is about ol' Senior Hump:
    Neither fallen nor pushed--no, the poor fellow jumped.
    He got him some news that was famously fake:
    An optimist told him that eggs never break.
  16. Thread: Mortality

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    Baba K is only the phantom of a small fellow's...

    Baba K is only the phantom of a small fellow's hurt feelings. But the question you ask is a good one. Death is an enemy. But not having to endure the horror the next few generations will make of this...
  17. Thread: Hangman!

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    No letter A.

    No letter A.
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    Two more. :flare: :flare: This is too...

    Two more.

    :flare: :flare:

    This is too easy. There have been nine new ones so far today, though. I suppose that is impressive.
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    Yes. Trump's going to fix it up then sell it back...

    Yes. Trump's going to fix it up then sell it back to the French for six times the price. :)
  20. Thread: Hello there

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    Welcome Graves. It's nice to have you with us. As...

    Welcome Graves. It's nice to have you with us. As you can see, the site is experiencing an attack of spambots at the moment. This is not usual and the administrator is working to fix the problem. You...
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    Hope quincehntell isn't just someone with a funny...

    Hope quincehntell isn't just someone with a funny name. :flare:
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    Carlos Fuentes' Terra Nostra is often said to be...

    Carlos Fuentes' Terra Nostra is often said to be Joycean. I've never read it, though, so I cant really say.

    "Stream of conscientiousness" sounds pretty rough. Richardson's Pamela? :)
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    Nice to have you with us, AARAV. :) :flare:

    Nice to have you with us, AARAV. :) :flare:
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    You're getting quite pithy these days. Once...

    You're getting quite pithy these days. Once again, I couldn't agree more. :)
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    There's a romantic notion you sometimes hear that...

    There's a romantic notion you sometimes hear that the bed was the one on which they spent their wedding night and/or early years. Sniff sniff, except there's no reason to think the explanation's true...
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