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Old 02-12-2011, 11:40 PM   #221
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In my humble opinion, the fruit of the Buddha's Hand tree Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis ,looks alarmingly like a certain deity that resides under the South Pacific.
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:23 AM   #222
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Etrog, you say? Yemenite citron? I was expecting this, which is Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis, an even more squid-like variety of the insidious citron.
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:53 AM   #223
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I like the googly 'eyes' in the fifth picture 8)
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... Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis, an even more squid-like variety of the insidious citron.
... Always reach for them from the top :|

Insidious is fun to say :)
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Old 02-14-2011, 04:30 PM   #224
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I like the googly 'eyes' in the fifth picture 8)
If you make it your desktop image, the eyes follow you around the room.
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:20 PM   #225
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Pizzeria owner attempts to sabotage competition with mice.

I'm not sure I'd normally think to mention this, but in light of Frost contemplating hantavirus as a possible biowarfare agent as part of a campaign background, it seemed apropos.
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Old 03-17-2011, 05:58 AM   #226
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So apparently this guy, specs and all, was a U.S. Congressman and a firebrand abolitionist whose penchant for calling out slaveowners led him to real physical danger. I here quote the New York Times on his mad skills:

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Wheeling around, Van Wyck whose mild exterior apparently belied an almost ninja-like fighting prowess punched the man hard in the jaw, sending him staggering. Almost instantly, a second attacker was upon him, striking with his bowie knife. The congressman deflected the blade with his left hand, knocked this man down as well, and in almost the same instant drew his gun and fired at the first attacker. The villain dropped to the ground.

Then a third man sprang out of the darkness, dealt the congressman a knockout blow to the head either with his fist or with a bludgeon of some kind and Van Wyck finally collapsed to the pavement. But the assailants apparently panicked before they could consummate the murder.
When the war started, he asked for an officer's commission, got one, and led a regiment through the war. Survived it, too.
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Old 03-17-2011, 07:32 AM   #227
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Okay, you intrigued me enough to look up more about the guy. Here is the NY Times article William quoted: Guns, Blood and Congress

A drier summary of the man's career: Charles Henry Van Wyck

His Wikipedia article, pretty brief, and mentions none of his mad ninja skillz: Charles Van Wyck
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Old 03-17-2011, 11:06 AM   #228
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Hmm, if that's named for Buddha's hand, it makes me wonder about the true power and effects of the Buddha's palm attack in Kung Fu Hustle...
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Old 03-31-2011, 08:14 AM   #229
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Just in time to field in the Zombie Apocalypse, it's the Kentucky long rifle machete crossbow.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSU1jQoGIqo

Anyone care to work up GURPS stats? Pretty spectacular Malf results, I imagine.
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:29 AM   #230
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Who are these people, and how have they angered the gods so?

They act the victims, but to the occult-trained eye, it is obvious that they are themselves the harbingers of all this misfortune. Perhaps it has something to do with the newborn female offspring they brought with them?

http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life...406-1d3kv.html

Story about a Swedish couple whose four-month honeymoon with their baby daughter encountered cyclones, blizzards, floods, bushfires and earthquakes (two thereof).
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