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9:39 AM
@Bookworm Novella in the HNQ
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12:51 PM
> "Dearest Father, You asked me recently why I maintain that I am afraid of you. As usual, I was unable to think of any answer to your question, partly for the very reason that I am afraid of you, and partly because an explanation of the grounds for this fear would mean going into far more details than I could even approximately keep in mind while talking. And if I now try to give you an answer in writing, it will still be very incomplete."
1:19 PM
@CowperKettle No wonder he turned into a bug.
2:14 PM
Q: What is the meaning of these lines

Shaurya KaushalOut of his trance Jim seemed quickly to wake. He enfolded his Della. For ten seconds let us regard with discreet scrutiny some inconsequential object in the other direction. The gift of the magi by O'Henry.

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3:46 PM
Q: Examples of “canonical questions” in different cultures

HaldotThis question will be rather odd. I have been thinking about this topic for a while, and this is the type of question that really cannot be answered without hearing people from different backgrounds. By a culture’s/nation’s X “canonical question/phrase,” I mean a question/phrase from literature ...

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6:47 PM
@Bookworm I agree this question should be closed, but the cited reason ("needs details or clarity") is misleading. It's closeworthy because it's asking for an open-ended list, and that's explicitly mentioned under "community-specific reason."
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10:39 PM
Q: What do "the vertical man" and "the horizontal one" mean?

Silent SojournerFrom John Le Carré's Smiley's People: Lacon, Strickland, Mostyn, thought Smiley as Strickland’s Aberdonian brogue hammered on. One Cabinet Office factotum, one Circus fixer, one scared boy. Why not real people? Why not Vladimir’s case officer, whoever he is? Why not Saul Enderby, their Chief? ...

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11:58 PM
> "The exact moment of the beginning of the April Fools' War, also known as the Third World War, has been notoriously hard to pinpoint, because the conflict resulted in a massive destruction of archives across the globe, but most historians are content with the conventional dating, which specifies 1 April 2024, the day when an airstrike by Israel destroyed an Iranian consulate annex building in Syria, as the starting date." (Encyclopedia Galactica)

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