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  • "From earliest times, the appearance of a comet was interpreted as a sign that something unusual was about to happen... But Macy resisted such speculation: 'The philosophical reasoning we leave to the scientific part of the community, still it is beyond a doubt that the most learned is possessed of very little undoubted knowledge of the subject of cometicks.'"

    --Nathaniel Philbrick, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, 4

    May 1, 2008

  • Hmm. What about planeticks?

    May 1, 2008

  • This is also the opening line of "The Lay of Lydia, lusty leechmistress of Lyme":

    "Come, ticks!

    Engorge yourselves upon my succulent flesh,

    Pulsating with 5 litres of type O, juicy and fresh.."

    Things do not end well, when lusty Lydia is laid low by the scourge of Lyme disease.

    May 2, 2008

  • Yes, Lyme disease being named after Lyme, Connecticut. Those New Englanders....

    May 2, 2008