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- 1 ☽ (Mid-November, YDAU) - WYYY Engineer goes "sunning"
- 2 November 11th, YDAU - Mealtime at ETA
- 3 May 1st, YDAU - Steeply & Marathe discuss an obsession with M*A*S*H
- 4 November 13th, YDAU - Kate Gompert & Geoffrey Day discuss It
☽ (Mid-November, YDAU) - WYYY Engineer goes "sunning"
carpal neuralgia, phospenic migraine, gluteal hyperadiposity, lumbar stressae
hand pain, migraines with flashing lights, fat buttocks, and lower back pain
"...all three O.N.A.N. time zones..."
Three is considerably fewer time zones than the five the U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii) currently span, plus the Atlantic Time Zone, in which some of Canada can be found.
bending the knee
Perhaps a play on the popularized military term 'spec-ops,' meaning 'special operation(s).'
traffic delays caused by rubbernecking
the process of being raised to godlike status
abnormally disposed to using profanity
pertaining to the nuclear force, which binds protons and neutrons into atomic nuclei
loosely woven fabric in a generally half-circle shape; red-white-and-blue ones can be seen hung on podiums, porches, baseball stadiums, etc, especially on the 4th of July and other patriotic holidays.
a neologism for taking on the shape of a Möbius strip
someone who derives pleasure (usually sexual) from looking at something
See one here
scope of vision
covered with grayish-green rust
Robert McCloskey (1914-2003) was an American author and illustrator of children's books.
Make Way for Ducklings
Read about this book here.
stretch of grassy turf
apparatus or instruments
dark brown, as in the pigment used to make very early photographs
the making and conducting of alloys
Intensive Care Unit
swarthy, i.e., dark-skinned
half a house
a half-way house
Metropolitan District Commission
players of a game (hackeysack) where people in a circle kick a small leather bag around to one another
November 11th, YDAU - Mealtime at ETA
Rank Has Its Privileges
Prisoner of War
To be exact, it's three miles via Route 83 to the Oklahoma border.
Country & Western
a British brand of gin
a long, thin board, thicker along one edge than the other, used in covering the outer walls of buildings (Random House Unabridged Dictionary)
eau de toilette, sort of like perfume
a German brand of sandals and shoes
a mixture of wheat proteins
projections from a building where guns are placed
"...like Roosevelt at Yalta..."
a reference to the supposed bullying by Stalin of FDR at the conference at Yalta in 1945 to cede Eastern Europe to Soviet control
potassium nitrate, commonly believed to cause erectile dysfunction
a brand-name of non-drowsy antihistamine
resembling or having to do with breasts
a mixture of fats found in milk and other foods
otherwise, it's a comma splice
i.e., the right to butt into line
apparently a slang term for "dollars"
From French for "already seen," it's the sense that you're re-experiencing something.
the Cross of St. Andrew
referring to fossils formed by meteoric impacts
to insert deceitfully
The trick answer to the question is "no one." As the tomb is above ground, Ulysses S. Grant is technically "entombed" and not "buried." The obvious answer is Grant.
the one about what do Canadian girls put behind their ears to attract boys
Presumably a reference to Q: What does a blonde put behind her ears to make her more attractive? A: Her ankles.
garbage, particularly rotting meat
Page 634 (cont.)
referring to a particular branch of Hinduism, but very particularly to the sexual aspect of this branch, which emphasizes long sessions of sexual intercourse
a parlor game produced by Hasbro that involves contorting the body
the tendency to keep one's thoughts to oneself
a scope used to examine the internal female reproductive organs
an area of Boston known for prostitution and sex shops
not sexually active or not attracted to either sex
beginning to develop
i.e., lesbian, the reference being to Sappho, the ancient Greek poet from Lesbos
in other words, a female prison warden
a Greek sculptor of the fifth century BC
the messenger god of Greek mythology
a hero of Greek mythology
i.e. swarthy - of dark complexion or color
in music, notes sounded in a detached manner
sharp or biting
a person from a rural area
a spitball, in baseball
a pot for making stew, or stew itself
a fruit and vegetable casserole
French: new riches; here an inversion of nouveaux riches, i.e., "newly rich"
May 1st, YDAU - Steeply & Marathe discuss an obsession with M*A*S*H
MASH stands for "Mobile Army Surgical Hospital."
Latin: at first sight
Troy, New York
a college town about ten miles from the state capital of Albany
a harmless cyst on the scalp or face
Canadiens of the N.L. of H.
the Montreal Canadiens, a team in the National Hockey League
pre-recorded, but also a reminder of the can of macadamia nuts incident
German: Brocken is a German mountain and the brockengespenst refers to the large shadow an observer on the mountain casts in a certain lighting. This is an allusion to a scene from Gravity's Rainbow.
Marsh or Swamp
The principal male characters in M*A*S*H* lived in the same tent, which they called "the Swamp."
the smaller format of videotape that was eventually pushed out of the market by VHS
Page 642 (cont'd)
French: penetrating across
a "villain" character played by Larry Linville
There is no such actor.
'In the South Korea of history.'
sort of implying that in the time of the novel, there's only one Korea again
'You are not meaning your sister was a goat.'
bearing in mind that "kid" also means a baby goat
Korean Police Action of the U.N.
this in reference to the Korean War, which involved military support from (in defense of South Korea from the invading North) United Nations member nations. The war actually lasted three full years.
This would seem to be a mix between "baroque" and "rococo."
predicted for the future
a reference to M*A*S*H star Alan Alda
one of two of the four chambers of the heart
a spiny shrub with bean pods
There was a spy named Richard Willis (1613-1690) active during the English Civil War (1642-1660). This is also the name of a professional peer of Steeply in the novel, first mentioned earlier.
turned to stone
a misspelling (likely) of "pleura," which is a thin membrane enclosing the lungs
November 13th, YDAU - Kate Gompert & Geoffrey Day discuss It
something like nothing else
magna cum laude
Latin: with very high honors