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On topics and today's gnus. Definitely opinionated. Set to 18+ for a reason.


What the gnu knew

2222, May 15th

A couple centuries ago what was reported in the news was only a small part of the daily drama that others chose to share, that we chose to hear. An obscure poet wrote:

"What was really true, only gnus knew. And they weren't talking to us anymore ..."

What's a gnu? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wildebeest
An image of a gnu: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Ngorongoro_Wildebeest.jpg
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Her Hell is Hotter than Your Hell
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