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The World Beneath

“The only thing that will be born here will be scientific understanding. And the only thing that will die will be myth and superstition.”
“Myth will never die. It is the deepest kind of understanding.”

– Arthur Denison and Oriana Nascava,
in Dinotopia: The World Beneath, by James Gurney


Corrupting plans

This was supposed to be a web of lies, but you’re turning it into a maze of deception!

– Rad Cunningham,
Moonbeam City 1×10: The Wedding of Rad (Lie)

Gulliver on lawyers

I said there was a society of men among us, bred up from their youth in the art of proving by words multiplied for the purpose, that white is black, and black is white, according as they are paid. […] It is a maxim among these lawyers, that whatever hath been done before may legally be done again: and therefore they take special care to record all the decisions formerly made against common justice and the general reason of mankind. These, under the name of precedents, they produce as authorities, to justify the most iniquitous opinions; and the judges never fail of decreeing accordingly.

– Excerpt from Gulliver’s explanation of the Briths legal system in “A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms”,
this being part IV in Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts.
By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships

by Jonathan Swift, 1726

The words of Ragnarr Loðbrók

Power is only given to those who are prepared to lower themselves to pick it up.

Vikings 3×1: “Mercenary”


Why John Cleese has a Twitter account

I’ll tell you why I have one, and it’s for absolutely one reason. Stephen Fry said to me, ‘If you can get enough followers on Twitter, you don’t need to use the British Press. Now, when the Daily Mail makes a nasty remark about me, I can do a Twitter back. ‘Cause I can always top them, ’cause they’re not very smart.”

– John Cleese,
in an interview with Olivier Knox on Yahoo! News,
November 11, 2014

Secret handshakes

Houdini, on the other hand, remained a disappointed would-be believer. Hopeful that he was wrong about life after death, he arranged secret code words and handshakes with his wife and some trusted friends well in advance of his untimely passing on Halloween in 1926 from a ruptured appendix. No medium was ever able to reproduce them in ten years of attempts. Houdini’s wife famously remarked that “ten years is long enough to wait for any man” and stopped the séances in 1936.

“A Magician Among the Spirits: The Improbable Friendship of Harry Houdini & Sir Arthur Conan Doyle”,
by Joe McGasko, October 31, 2014

2012 shows minireviewed: Les Revenants (The Returned)

They’re going to get their revenge one day, the dead.

Les Revenants

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