The Longest Now

The World Question Center
Thursday February 26th 2004, 1:27 pm
Filed under: poetic justice

Glorious list of questions. Hosted just down the river, too… A good place to find the right person to chat with about any really important ideas you might have.

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Currency of Severed Members
Thursday February 26th 2004, 1:26 am
Filed under: indescribable

For those of you forever looking for new anecdotal tokens of liquidity and value:

The baskets of severed hands, set down at the feet of the European post commanders, became the symbol of the Congo Free State. … The collection of hands became an end in itself. Force Publique soldiers brought them to the stations in place of rubber; they even went out to harvest them instead of rubber …… They became a sort of currency. They came to be used to make up for shortfalls in rubber quotas, to replace … the people who were demanded for the forced labour gangs; and the Force Publique soldiers were paid their bonuses on the basis of how many hands they collected.

-from Peter Forbath’s history of the Congo (ref’ed in WP)

Fortune for the day
Thursday February 26th 2004, 12:55 am
Filed under: %a la mod

I’ve found my new fortune replacement.  Eddy DuchinEthelbald of Wessex (wife Judith), List of collective nouns by collective term A-K(an aurora of polar bears?  a corps of giraffe?),  Mass murder metal, and Kalamazoo college.

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