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Assorted strange stories
G Gedney Godwin, The Sutler of Mount Misery
This includes reproduction Medical Instruments of the 18th Century
www.gggodwin.com/page16.htm (I get a flash of "Dead Ringers" -- the film with Jeremy Irons, not the British comedy show -- when I contemplate these.)

Counters for a rather unusual wargame

New York Defender - modern variation on an old standard.

Review: The Big Picture
by Jonathan Yardley
Sunday, February 27, 2005; Page BW02
The New Logic of Money and Power in Hollywood
By Edward Jay Epstein. Random House. 396 pp. $25.95
(printable version)

One Story: Two sides
Student Arrested For Terroristic Threatening Says Incident A Misunderstanding
"My story is based on fiction," said Poole, who faces a second-degree felony terrorist threatening charge. "It's a fake story. I made it up. I've been working on one of my short stories, (and) the short story they found was about zombies. Yes, it did say a high school. It was about a high school over ran by zombies."
Even so, police say the nature of the story makes it a felony. "Anytime you make any threat or possess matter involving a school or function it's a felony in the state of Kentucky," said Winchester Police detective Steven Caudill.
Poole disputes that he was threatening anyone. "It didn't mention nobody who lives in Clark County, didn't mention (George Rogers Clark High School), didn't mention no principal or cops, nothing," said Poole. "Half the people at high school know me. They know I'm not that stupid, that crazy."
On Thursday, a judge raised Poole's bond from one to five thousand dollars after prosecutors requested it, citing the seriousness of the charge. Poole is being held at the Clark County Detention Center.

A different version
Student jailed for alleged school takeover threat
By TIM WELDON/Sun Staff Writer
Published on Thursday, February 24, 2005 1:42 PM EST
Winchester police have arrested a George Rogers Clark High School junior whom they allege was attempting to organize an armed takeover of the school. William Poole, 18, of 426 E. Broadway, was arrested at GRCHS Tuesday. Acting on a tip from a family member, police reported that he was attempting to "recruit a gang to take over the school," according to Detective Berl Perdue. The threat involved the use of weapons, according to Purdue. "He didn't have a gang, but he was attempting to organize one," he said. Purdue added that no threat was made against a specific individual.
GRCHS Principal John Atkins said he could not comment on whether Poole has been in disciplinary trouble at the school due to confidentiality reasons. He did comment that, "I know him."
Police recovered writings in which Poole allegedly attempted to convince other students to participate in an armed takeover.

There is a sort of segue from that tale to this episode of The Twilight Zone.
From the summary there, The Monsters are Due on Maple Street could be inspired by a game of Thing, as well as either The Thing from Outer Space, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Invaders from Mars (either version) or perhaps just Capgras Syndrome/Delusion (the illusion of doubles). (Actually, that page in Wikipedia ( Delusional_misidentification_syndrome ) reminds me of quite a few different stories.)

Meanwhile, it's interesting to note that quite a few people seem to be making a living explicating, (www.faithfulreader.com/features/0405-da_vinci_debunkers.asp), de-bunking ( atheism.about.com/od/bookreviews/fr/TruthDaVinci.htm), or both, a popular phenomenon - probably not a new idea. I'm thinking of both Brown's Da Vinci Code & Rowlings assorted Potterings, from this thread (some might say the whole non-biblical Christian literature too, like Bollandisme) but it's undoubtedly more widely applicable.

I enjoyed this part) of a review of The Da Vinci Code:
These are just two small examples, out of many the book offers, where fact (driving a sub-compact) and fiction (in a semi truck) suffer a tragic collision. However, it seems petty to nit-pick a work of fiction ... for getting facts wrong. Nit-pick away at the flat characters or the itty-bitty chapters - unravelling the "fact" can o' worms might keep you busier than you'd intended to be.

Moodiness: content content

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