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The Whippet #147: How's my perceiving?

The Whippet #147: How's my perceiving?

I always assumed a) smelling salts were just an intense, sharp essential oil or perfume, and b) that they didn't do much beyond placebo, since they were mainly used to rouse women who had pretended to faint at a shocking piece of news

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Usborne's Detective Handbook has deeply influenced The Whippet

The Whippet #146: Keep disguises out of sight

If you try to do the Myer-Briggs test on me, it just returns the ISBN for the Usborne Detective's Handbook

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The Whippet #145: Another day in the art mines

The Whippet #145: Another day in the art mines

Do you know why camels have humps? I mean the second reason why?

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You can always quit

The Whippet #144: What of it, if some old sea-captain orders me to get a broom and sweep down the decks?

Animals that sound made-up - the map is not the territory- an app that strips out all the questions from literature - camouflage - dust - don't forget you can quit

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The Whippet #143: Echidnas pacing the frozen forests

"Throughout history, every society and every culture has dedicated at least a part of itself to making little guys."

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The Whippet newsletter - the Carnegie maps the magnetic field of the Earth and then explodes

The Whippet #142: Experiments performed on a cosmical scale

The Carnegie was built to be non-magnetic, so it wouldn't interfere with compass readings. The anchors were made of bronze and attached to hemp cables a foot in diameter.