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    I wonder about "mugwump." This expression was...

    I wonder about "mugwump." This expression was explained to me in my 9th Grade civics class as a sarcastic coinage to describe US political fence sitters who sat on a fence with their "mugs" facing...
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    That seems right.

    That seems right.
  3. Yes, we have this view of Jesus that he was all...

    Yes, we have this view of Jesus that he was all warm and full of love and forgiveness, at least that's the impression I got from my catechism classes in grammar school. We learn that the "Good Thief"...
  4. I vote for The Odyssey.

    I vote for The Odyssey.
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    If I could travel in time I would like to go to...

    If I could travel in time I would like to go to Jerusalem at the time of Christ's entry into Jerusalem, His trial, crucifixion, and resurrection. I really cannot think of any other time in human...
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    Good point. Acetaminophen (the version sold OTC...

    Good point. Acetaminophen (the version sold OTC here in the USA) is widely touted as a "safe" non-prescription analgesic, but it can have serious side-effects. It is potentially toxic to the liver,...
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    Cocaine (except in certain forms, as in...

    Cocaine (except in certain forms, as in local/topical anesthetics used in ophthalmology and ENT) and heroin (in any form) are DEA Schedule I drugs, which means that they are listed as having no...
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    There is some good evidence that exposure to...

    There is some good evidence that exposure to marijuana in adolescence can have adverse neurological effects on the developing brain. The same, of course, is also true for exposure to alcohol and...
  9. If you Google "Gout" you will find a good...

    If you Google "Gout" you will find a good Wikipedia article on the subject. Diet is an important factor, along with genetics and kidney function. Purine-rich foods, especially organ meats, red meat,...
  10. It seemed odd to me, too, but she clearly either...

    It seemed odd to me, too, but she clearly either had no interest in "science" or, if she did, she didn't really understand it.

    I'm not sure how it works in the UK (the A-level thing), but in the...
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    kev67, That Dewey "tree" is more of a...

    kev67,

    That Dewey "tree" is more of a geographic map describing book "subject matter" than the kind of biological taxonomy that you were asking about. It may work for libraries, but it is a...
  12. Gout seems a commonplace affliction in classic...

    Gout seems a commonplace affliction in classic literature. I don't think I have ever met anyone with gout. It seems like a comic disease that afflicts the elderly and wealthy. In Bleak House, Sir...
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    And do not drop in for an after-loss I think...

    And do not drop in for an after-loss

    I think S. means "Don't wait till later to put me down...just pile on right now with everyone else when I'm down."
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    As already answered: Tennyson. Just want to...

    As already answered: Tennyson.

    Just want to add that it's been widely anthologized in school books. I read it in 9th grade and found it easily "memorable" due to the heavy tetrameter, assonance,...
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    Thanks for the clever and funny reference,...

    Thanks for the clever and funny reference, Calidore, although it's more of a "geography" than a "taxonomy" of literature. Taxonomic classification involves organizing things in a branching pattern,...
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    There are some examples that come to mind in...

    There are some examples that come to mind in literature, under the topic of "spies," "disguise" and "camouflage," but I can't immediately recall any examples "where the hero dresses as the enemy in...
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    These lines, from Hamlet: To be, or not to be,...

    These lines, from Hamlet:

    To be, or not to be, that is the question—
    Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
    The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune,
    Or to take Arms against a Sea of...
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    How about providing us with a few examples of...

    How about providing us with a few examples of those you've found? Latin aphorisms were quite commonly used in pedagogy, and were collected in many of the "readers" used to teach elementary school...
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    This is an interesting topic. I think that films,...

    This is an interesting topic. I think that films, like Metropolis, provide (fictional and real) memorable cityscapes, , as do many other films, especially film noire from the 40's and 50's. There's...
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    The Tempest, King Lear, MacBeth, and Hamlet.

    The Tempest, King Lear, MacBeth, and Hamlet.
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    You've got some great writers, and one just won a...

    You've got some great writers, and one just won a Nobel Prize. And don't forget Elizabeth Bishop!
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    To add...the protagonist of A Beautiful Mind is...

    To add...the protagonist of A Beautiful Mind is psychotic, and is in fact schizophrenic.It's hard to imagine how paranoid schizophrenics experience reality, but I suspect that this movie came very...
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    Right. He was what used to be called an "idiot,"...

    Right. He was what used to be called an "idiot," which refers to an old classification, based on IQ scores, of "mental retardation" (now called "developmental delay"). If you Google "idiot, imbecile,...
  24. Thanks for the link, nice mesmerizing reading of...

    Thanks for the link, nice mesmerizing reading of this by DT. For some reason it reminds me of a poem by ee cummings, "anyone lived in a pretty how town." I like cummings' poem more...mainly because I...
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    Like WHOM do you write....

    Like WHOM do you write....
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