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Götterdämmerung

Germanic mythology) The myth of the destruction of the gods in a final battle with the forces of evil; the apocalypse. Any cataclysmic downfall or momentous, apocalyptic event, especially of a regime or an institution. Advertisements

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Armistice Day

Armistice Day celebrations in Toronto, Canada in 1918 Front page of The New York Times on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. Armistice Day (which coincides with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day, public holidays) is commemorated every year on 11 November … Continue reading

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Starbucks digressions

To the staff: If there are more employees than customers in the store and I’m waiting, that’s a problem. Do you really need exact change? Spot me the goddamn penny so I don’t have 99 cents of change. I understand … Continue reading

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An interesting take on Halloween

The ever-more early arrival of holiday merchandise is an unpleasant fact of modern life, but this is not another story about holiday creep. This is another story about a creepy holiday. The consensus is that the lucrative, high treat/low trick … Continue reading

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Bringing coals to Newcastle

Selling, carrying, bringing, or taking coal(s) to Newcastle is an idiom of British origin describing a foolhardy or pointless action.[1] It refers to the fact that historically, the economy of Newcastle upon Tyne in north-eastern England was heavily dependent on … Continue reading

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canary in a coal mine

An allusion to caged canaries (birds) that mining workers would carry down into the mine tunnels with them. If dangerous gases such as methane or carbon monoxide leaked into the mine, the gases would kill the canary before killing the … Continue reading

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The famous cuckoo clock speech from “The Third Man” (1940’s film)

Don’t be so gloomy. After all it’s not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In … Continue reading

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