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“You wouldn’t have any Shonen Knife, would you?”

“Sir, this is a music shop.”

From a William Gibson piece on the fascist Disneyland that is Singapore.

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29/10/2010 at 5:42 am

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a quiz

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Over at Crooked Timber, John Holbo wonders at what point in the Iron Maiden song “Prodigal Son” does it become “metaphysically impossible” that you are listening to Belle and Sebastian.

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22/10/2010 at 5:04 pm

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evil mother nature

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In 1942 a British forest guard in Roopkund, India made an alarming discovery. Some 16,000 feet above sea level, at the bottom of a small valley, was a frozen lake absolutely full of skeletons. That summer, ice melt revealed even more skeletal remains, floating in the water and lying haphazardly around the lake’s edges. Something horrible had happened here.

A National Geographic team set out to examine the bones in 2004. Besides dating the remains to around 850 AD, the team realized that everyone at the “Skeleton Lake” had died from blows to the head and shoulders caused by “blunt, round objects about the size of cricket balls.”

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01/10/2010 at 1:46 am

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