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Halogens are the following elements -- fluorine, chlorine, bromine, and iodine -- some of which are used in high-powered lamps
the color of sour apples
i.e., light green
2^27 (2 to the 27th power) = 134,217,728
a city of Québec about 82.5 miles due north of Ottawa
You can read more about it here.
a town in Florida about 10 miles north of Fort Lauderdale
a sepulchral Czech kid named Lendl
Sepulchral implies the grave and can mean "hollow;" syn. "cadaverous." The Czech kid is probably Ivan Lendl, although Lendl has not committed suicide.
an American corporation based in Wisconsin
"His Unforced-Error stats look like a decimal-error."
which is to say that the percentage expressed as a a decimal has so many leading zeros that it looks as if someone made a mistake transcribing the number
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a person who returns
a window above a door
regarding the history of acting
"...had the word Homo in the title..."
The film is James O. Incandenza's Homo Duplex.
a quadratic function, which produces a parabolic graph result
a spin, in ballet terminology
standard construction beams made of metal (see right)
having rigid, tense muscles
the state of several unnatural beings (vampires, mummies, zombies, etc.), which is in a state neither live nor dead
chatting or conversing
a one-inhalation dose of nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
Taoist paraboloid logo
referring to the yin/yang symbol (seen right). In Chinese philosophy, the concept of yin yang is used to describe how seemingly disjunct or opposing forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, giving rise to each other in turn. Wikipedia]
degenerate or decadent
Irish for "ourselves alone," this is the political wing of the Irish Republican Army.
in the form of a cross
This is polymerized butlyene.
regarding a syndrome of anxiety, fatigue, pain, etc., caused by exhaustion of the central nervous system
brand name of phenmetrazine
104 degrees Fahrenheit
open to attack; capable of being won by force
the car of a balloon or blimp
bent into folds
a type of North American ant
brand name of material
Wallace is talking either about the process in statistics of reducing variables or Schtitt's use of statistics being reductive, i.e., being simplistic
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mental or emotional stability
French for "to let to do," this is a term usually applied to conservative economics but here generally gives a sense of not caring very much.
college entrance examinations
a tennis term meaning "advantage" for one or the other player
270 · Day and Gately
also the name of a lake in Wisconsin
German for "springtime"
a charity that redistributes donated goods and clothing
From the Latin for "it does not follow," a non sequitur is a statement with no connection to what comes before or what follows it.
butter wouldn't melt
which is to say, with a certain, probably faked, coolness
a type of fabric-making done by knotting rather than knitting
Born Paul Harvey Aurandt, Paul Harvey (born 1918) is an American radio broadcaster known for his platitudes.
a brand name of methaqualone
a northern suburb of Boston, about 7 miles north of the city
not a real word
a young man between the ages of 18 and 20
here meaning "physical strength"
a clever remark
Quaaludes are more like a sledgehammer to the head than a "mild sedative."
reductia ad absurdum
a misstatement or misspelling of reductio ad absurdum
"Simply open wide for the spoon."
This is perhaps a reference to a line from William S. Burroughs's Naked Lunch, regarding the time when one realizes "what is at the end of that long newspaper spoon."
"...Wasn't this the very horror the Madisonians were horrified of in 1791? Amendments I and IX? My Grievance is disallowed because my Petition for Redress is a priori interdicted by the inadvisability of all Petitioning?"
First things first: Day is referring to the First Amendment and Ninth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
James Madison, the chief drafter of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, though he opposed in theory the latter, said of the Ninth Amendment: "It has been objected also against a Bill of Rights, that, by enumerating particular exceptions to the grant of power, it would disparage those rights which were not placed in that enumeration; and it might follow by implication, that those rights which were not singled out, were intended to be assigned into the hands of the General Government, and were consequently insecure. This is one of the most plausible arguments I have ever heard against the admission of a bill of rights into this system; but, I conceive, that it may be guarded against. I have attempted it, as gentlemen may see by turning to the last clause of the fourth resolution [i.e., the Ninth Amendment itself]."
The idea was to limit the powers of Congress to block other rights and limits its powers to what Article One of the Constitution already gave it.
How this works with the First Amendment's guarantee of the right to petition the government for redress I don't know, because petitioning is not deemed inadvisable, although perhaps it had been. One idea is that by petitioning the government for redress, the government (and specifically Congress) may go beyond its prescribed powers, thus making petitioning inadvisable.
a reference to track and field, in which a runner is so far ahead of another runner on a circular court that he has "lapped" him, i.e., is now a lap ahead of him
an addict term for the desire for one's substance of choice
1) Loneliness or depression. Oddly, this term could not be found in a U.S. dictionary, but is referred to in the OED as "US slang." 2) More often spelled as "mocus," common American 12-Step term for a hazy, unfocused state of mind, especially in early sobriety. Said to come from "mind out of focus." Mokus is also Hungarian for squirrel, raising the possibility of a pun on "feeling squirrelly."
Guy That Didn't Even Use His First Name
a joke based on the fact that in recovery programs like AA, people do not use their last names
Spontaneous Dissemination, i.e., live as opposed to pre-recorded
a misstatement of Morse Code
east of Atlantic City, NJ
which would be either in Europe on the Atlantic Ocean somewhere -- or nowhere
suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder
an oxymoronic term, since cocaine is a chemical
a suburb to the north of Boston, right over the Charles River
About 3.5 ounces. The street value of 100 grams of cocaine is enormous -- after cutting on the order of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Drug Enforcement Agency
Cesar Romero (1907-1994) was a Cuban-American actor and entertainer, best known to a generation of television viewers as the man who played the Joker on the television live-action series of Batman.
Easter Island statue
Easter Island is a Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian triangle. The island is a special territory of Chile. Easter Island is famous for its monumental statues, called moai, created by the Rapanui people. Wikipedia
Prince Valiantish haircut
Prince Valiant in the Days of King Arthur, or simply Prince Valiant, is a comic strip created by Hal Foster, which began running in 1937. Wikipedia] Prince Valiant's haircut was your basic "bowl" cut, as seen at right.
From the French for "pinch-nose," these are glasses without temples to go over the ears.
2F and 1M
2 females and 1 male
Grand Mall epilepsy
Gately means grand mal.
Notice that after listing points (a), (b), and (c) about clichés, Gately moves on to (4) rather than (d).
Spiro Theodore Agnew (1918-1996) was vice president of the U.S. under Richard Nixon until forced to resign after pleading no contest to charges of charges of tax evasion and money laundering.
281 · Home from Port Washington
"...bearing their shields rather than upon them..."
The reference is from Quotes from Spartan Women by Mestrius Plutarchus (Plutarch; AD 45-120), the Greek historian. One translation (from On Sparta translated by Richard Talbert) cites the source as follows: "Another woman, handing over the shield to her son as he was going off on campaign said: 'Your father always used to keep this safe for you. So you must either keep it safe too, or cease to exist" (p. 187).
alternately this could stand for Venereal Disease
German for "stick houses"; could be a nod to Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007) a German composer, widely acknowledged by critics as one of the most important but also controversial composers of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Another critic calls him "one of the great visionaries of 20th-century music" (Hewett 2007). He is known for his ground-breaking work in electronic music, aleatory (controlled chance) in serial composition, and musical spatialization. Wikipedia
E. A. Abbott
Edwin Abbott Abbott (1838-1926) was a British author and theologians best known for having written Flatland, which can be read here.
a joke on the more common "interdisciplinary" academic classes
Ivan Alexandrovich Goncharov (1812-1891) was a Russian novelist and author of Oblomov, which can be read here.
listing to port
a nautical term meaning "leaning leftward"
Defined as "weak in spirits or health" in the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language.
tincture of benzoin
A tincture is a mixture of a drug dissolved in alcohol. Benzoin is a balsamic resin used as an antiseptic and expectorant.
presumably a synonym for copulating with someone
Perth Amboy NJ
a town in northern NJ, about 30 miles southwest of New York
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Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau (commonly called Pierre-Elliot Trudeau; 1919-2000) was the Prime Minister of Canada for most of the 1970s and from 1980 to 1984.