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  • But that doesn't mean everyone manning a keyboard is a six-headed predator.

    Carolyn Hax: Respect son's privacy -- and his judgment

  • Supported by the goddess Athena and sabotaged by the god Poseidon, Odysseus makes his way homeward past such obstacles as the man-eating sirens and the twin terrors of sea-sucking Scylla and six-headed Charybdis.

    Highbrow

  • I agree with our Cheer for Community, once again towering over its Thursday comedy peers by mixing the snarky and the sweet, zeroing in on the real love story here: Jeff's character-building affection for his misfit study group, or in Professor Duncan's words "the six-headed ball and chain."

    Matt's TV Week in Review

  • Then he went off to check out the six-headed shower installation.

    In The Shadow of The Cypress

  • Homer wrote of a whirlpool that swallowed ships whole, and a six-headed monster lying in wait for sailors foolish enough to make the crossing.

    OVER TROUBLED WATERS

  • This design job is best thought of in a model-building context in which the validity of rank and the inherent tendency to abuse it are both recognized, and it is everyone's job to steer the ship of state between the six-headed monster of "Scylla" (wimpy ranklessness) and the whirlpool of "Charybdis" (self-aggrandizing rank).

    Robert Fuller: Bridging Left and Right: A Foundation for Transpartisan Politics

  • Not the symbolic and terrible six-headed beasts, but a little LAMB!

    Archive 2007-12-01

  • "Scylla and Charybdis were six-headed monsters who inhabited rocks in the Mediterranean," said George.

    Disordered Minds

  • (SIL-uh; kuh-RIB-dis) In classical mythology, Scylla was a horrible six-headed monster who lived on a rock on one side of a narrow strait.

    Scylla and Charybdis

  • If she ever came up with a good reason to keep a six-headed, leering chrysanthemum, she'd name the new plant.

    Male Wanted

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