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- 1 ☽ November 8th, YDAU - Interdependence Day - Mario's adaptation of The ONANtiad
- 2 Meanwhile, in the Weight Room
- 3 The ONANtiad, cont.
- 4 Meanwhile, in the Weight Room, cont.
- 5 Some of Himself's Movies
☽ November 8th, YDAU - Interdependence Day - Mario's adaptation of The ONANtiad
courage or resolution in the face of difficulty
in the capacity or character of
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a kind of brimless hat
decorative feather or plume
a type of helmet, the forerunner of the modern combat helmets
a high-crowned felt or sheepskin hat worn in Turkey, Iran, and Central Asia
A skullcap, especially one worn by Roman Catholic priests
Spanish for shield
tall, cylindrical military cap, usually with a visor and sometimes tapered at the top
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a marasca cherry
actually Reddi-wip, a brand name of pressurized whipped cream in a can
in a manner showing a definite bias or prejudice
A fedora is a soft felt hat that is creased lengthwise down the crown and pinched in the front on both sides. Similar hats with a C-crown (with an indentation for the head in the top of the crown) are occasionally called fedoras. (see right) Wikipedia
a Near Eastern dessert made from filo dough, honey, nuts, and spices
German for "bona fide"
short form name for a linotype machine
'Let the call go forth . . . generation of Americans...'
Compare John F. Kennedy's inaugural address
French for "born," the feminine née being more common to denote one's birth name
not the real Johnny Gentle, who was born with the surname Askew and in the U.K.
here short for "anal-retentive"
not a real product
a neologism that would mean "of the lower spectrum [of light]"
of or pertaining to the outermost layer of skin
rendered chicken fat, used as shortener by kosher Jews, who cannot use lard (which is made from pork fat)
Frankies and Tonies
Frankie Avalon and Tony Bennett, e.g.
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a derogatory word for a worker who replaces a union worker on strike
General Electric/Radio Company of America
a support or point of rest
According to Wikipedia, a lap dissolve "is a technical term in film editing, most often used in the United States, applying to the process whereby the fading last shot of a preceding scene is superimposed over the emerging first shot (fade in) of the next scene..."
having previous knowledge
patriotic to an extreme
regarding a diet designed largely of whole grains and beans, designed to prolong life
Hillary Rodham Clinton
a reference to Lyndon Hermyle LaRouche, Jr. (born 1922), a political extremist and cult leader
highly toxic by-products of pesticide manufacturing
probably refers to high radioactivity; Roentgen (R) is a standard for measuring radiation.
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Henry Ross Perot (born 1930) ran for president in 1992 and 1996 as an independent, in the first case getting the largest third-party vote in several decades.
implying that the finger is on the hand in a white glove, used to draw one's hand over a recently cleaned surface to see if any residual dirt remains
United We Stand America, Perot's political movement
Republicans, G.O.P. standing for "Grand Old Party"
an Arabic word meaning "struggle" but often translated as "holy war"
smelling very badly
a body of attendants to a powerful person
sort of a synonym for collective consciousness
"majestic ambers and purple fruits"
words from "America, the Beautiful"
invisible exhalations of noxious vapors
as in numero uno, number one
bouncing a baby up and down, as on one's knee
adipose tissue, i.e., fat
unruly or angry
the Great Seal of the U.S.
The President seems to be using this as a place name (perhaps a malapropism of the Tetons), but Teutons is an ancient term for German-speaking people.
quavering in sound
the Rudolf Wurlitzer Company, a producer of organs
French: between acts
in a manner that is motivated or caused by the level of sugar in the blood
a type of Italian dessert pastry, stuffed with sweetened ricotta cheese
forgiveness of sins
childish or juvenile
Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
European Economic Community
either a typo or a jab at Canadian pronunciation
North American Free Trade Agreement
butter and guns
These are the typical goods used in certain economic models because they are non-competing goods.
not a real word
apparently a French expression for something that strikes something else
Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
the national emblem of Canada
i.e., tout de suite, French for "right away"
the breaking of a line at the end of a verse (in a poem, song, etc.)
Meanwhile, in the Weight Room
flowing or rippling
not a real word, but apparently having to do with gurus
flashing like lightning
German: child prodigy
probably meant to be a follow-up television channel to ESPN
Michael Chang (born 1972) is an American former professional tennis player. That he is described as "lately expired" is puzzling; Chang was alive in 1996 and is still alive today. (Note: Since the novel takes place in a fictional future, Chang being described as "lately expired" need not be puzzling; Wallace is using creative license, positing that someone who is alive and well at the time of publication may well expire at some point in the [fictional] future.)
referring to Mephistopheles, the devil character in Goethe's Faust and Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, to whom Faust sells his soul
the biography of a saint
'The truth will set you free...'
Lyle is paraphrasing John 8:32.
Al fresco in Italian means "outside."
a Protestant sect of Christianity marked by its observance of the weekly sabbath on Saturdays
Caffeine-Free Diet Coke
The ONANtiad, cont.
Benson & Hedges
a brand of cigarettes
UKRAINE, TWO MORE BALTIC STATES APPLY FOR NATO INCLUSION
Ukraine did not begin application for NATO membership until 2006, while the Baltic States were all admitted in 2004.
twelve out of fifteen NATO nations
The last time NATO had fifteen members was in 1982, when Spain was admitted.
This is defined as "the influence that one powerful country may have on the policies of a smaller neighboring country" and refers to Finland's relations with the USSR following WWII.
Jean Chrétien admits that the issues were used here as the "big stick" in the T. Roosevelt-era "speak softly and carry a big stick" foreign policy of President Gentle.
TURTLE MTN. INDIAN RESERVATION
a reservation for Chippewa Indians
GI-X-Ray-Grade Colonic Purgative
the kind of laxatives given to people about to undergo colonoscopies
very bad itching
University of Nevada at Las Vegas
Department of Energy
a city of Massachusetts about 30 miles north of Boston
He actually spells his name "Scorsese."
Meanwhile, in the Weight Room, cont.
a city in Kansas about 60 miles northwest of Wichita
able to moves things with one's mind
a skullcap, typically worn by Roman Catholic acolytes
Modus operandi, a Latin phrase meaning the way in which a criminal operates out of habit
Department of Motor Vehicles
a physician who treats cancer
Some of Himself's Movies
enjoying (usually sexually) of pain
a reference to the Sirens of Greek mythology
about two ounces
This is the theater where President Lincoln was assassinated.
very thick sideburns
the process of turning into stone
Her full name Thérèse de Lisieux
took a liking to
the lighted signs on which theaters announce what is playing
women's dresses with close fitting bodices and full skirts
the British word for "bathroom"