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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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echidna

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.

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The Whippet newsletter - Bianca Passarge dancing on bottles, 1958

The Whippet #141: Say yes and figure out how later

17-year-old ballerina Bianca Passarge of Hamburg dresses up as a cat and dances on wine bottles, June 1958. Her performance was based on a dream she had.

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The Whippet #140: Seasonless, herbless, treeless, manless

Byron’s apocalypse sounds strikingly like nuclear winter, because he experienced something very similar: the eruption of Mt Tambora and the year-long ashcloud that followed

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The Whippet #139: Heads or tentacles?

The Whippet #139: Heads or tentacles?

Today I am thinking about: weird career milestones. The ones that absolutely are indicators of prestige, but ones that you never would have deliberately aimed for or thought about achieving

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The Whippet #138: Nothing rhymes with money-laundering

The Whippet #138: Nothing rhymes with money-laundering

If you see a news item about how some artwork or random object has been sold for a madly disproportionate amount of money, assume it’s money-laundering, and you will be right 99 times out of 100.

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The Whippet #137: Please don’t make me fight a fire ant

The Whippet #137: Please don’t make me fight a fire ant

Here are some animals whose existence I learned of in 2022 so far: the Sarcastic Fringehead, the Stoplight Loosejaw, the Silken Windhound, and the Raspberry Crazy Ant.

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The Whippet #136: Please don't explain to me what a metasurface is

The Whippet #136: Please don't explain to me what a metasurface is

Today's items include: "The world’s deadliest shark is not the one you think it is, or your next two guesses" and "all muppets are left-handed"

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The Whippet #135: “That’s not very sentinel chicken of you”

The Whippet #135: “That’s not very sentinel chicken of you”

“Oh! Are you hungry?” Dorothy asked. “Dreadfully hungry,” answered the Tiger. “Then why don’t you eat something?” “It’s no use,” said the Tiger sadly. “I’ve tried that, but I always get hungry again.”

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The Whippet #134: Those that tremble as if they were mad

The Whippet #134: Those that tremble as if they were mad

We group things into arbitrary and overlapping categories: mammal, omnivore, tall. Therefore the number of categories in the world is larger than the number of things in the world.

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The Whippet #133: Someone stubborn

The Whippet #133: Someone stubborn

"It’s obviously a male ghost and he’s miserable. You can imagine a tall, thin, bearded ghost hanging about the house did get on people’s nerves."

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The Whippet #132: My books are getting ruined and birds wake me before dawn

The Whippet #132: My books are getting ruined and birds wake me before dawn

The US postal service used to stab everyone’s mail, smoke not dirt, Song Dynasty cat poems, street pasta, burnout.

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The Whippet #131: How to pick up and hold dozens of animals

The Whippet #131: How to pick up and hold dozens of animals

Memory, poison bird, war, philosophy, fermented milk, and of course, how to pick up and hold dozens of animals.

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The Whippet #130: I wish to express my joy of the cat

The Whippet #130: I wish to express my joy of the cat

A 9th century Japanese Emperor describes the first recorded cat to arrive in Japan. "In rebellion, it narrows its eyes and extends its needles. I am convinced it is superior to all other cats.”

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The Whippet #129: Lethal Allele

The Whippet #129: Lethal Allele

A newsletter for the terminally curious: science, history and weirdness with 0% contemporary politics, because oh my god sometimes you need a break.

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The Whippet #128: Arbitrarily dangerous cargo

The Whippet #128: Arbitrarily dangerous cargo

A newsletter for the terminally curious: science, history and weirdness with 0% contemporary politics, because oh my god sometimes you need a break.