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"Navel Observatory"
Branched from topic: Comments and discussion on TBTF for 1999-12-16

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BridgetAnjellla
01-12-2008
07:19 AM ET (US)
 Happy New Year 2008.!
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Keith Dawson
05-03-2001
01:49 PM ET (US)
No, but if you are pregnant you may learn your baby's sex.

(BTW, in Phil's post #6, the archival link is
http://tbtf.com/blog/2000-01-02.html .)
Edited 05-03-2001 02:00 PM
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megan
05-03-2001
09:35 AM ET (US)
if i am stabbed in my navel with a long needle, will i die?
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Dave
08-10-2000
11:55 PM ET (US)
Who knows how to get pictures of Elaine from Seinfeld's navel or Martina Hingis?
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Phil wolff
01-05-2000
02:21 PM ET (US)
You're in a rut, Keith. In http://tbtf.com/blog/#1, we find:

"The uncounted hoardes of system and network techies watching over the world's systems as midnight swept westward had little to do."

Is this a backhand shot at Genghis Khan and his Golden Hoard?
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Keith Dawson
01-05-2000
01:13 PM ET (US)
My least favorite sign, on a farm stand near where I live, reads "Stans Big Acres. If You Cant Stop Wave." Often have I been tempted to mount a 3 AM raid with a bucket of paint to add: "If You Can't Punctuate, Don't Post."

Hmm. Will link a photo of that sign once my new Olympus digital arrives. If ever.
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Andrew Cohen
12-21-1999
06:30 PM ET (US)
Some years ago, driving from Philadelphia to NYC, I drove past a building with a very large sign proclaiming itself "The Worlds Largest Stationary Store".

I almost laughed myself off the road.

a.
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Dan Kalikow
12-17-1999
03:21 PM ET (US)
Hey, fwiw, I was *sure* that Keith was funnin'.

You're obedient S'erver, /Dan
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Keith Dawson
12-17-1999
02:50 PM ET (US)
[munch, munch] *mmm*, humble pie, GOOD...

Mea culpa and all that. I could claim it was a test to see if anyone is paying attention, but you probably wouldn't believe me.

I found "omphaloskepsis" years ago in Mrs. Byrne's Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure, and Preposterous Words [1]. Definition: meditation while gazing at one's navel. It's not in the OED so probably wouldn't be in more quotidian dictionaries either.

Thanks for branching the forum, Nicholas. I'll link it from the Director of Time.

[1] http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1559722339/tbtf/
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Nicholas Bodley
12-17-1999
01:24 PM ET (US)
Just a casual comment about a misspelling that's easy to make, in the quote at the beginning of the newsletter.
The thought of a national organization devoted to gazing at one's bellybutton is quite amusing. I sent Keith private e-mail on this, also.
Really should look up "omphaloskepsis"...
Maybe someone ate too many "naval" oranges?
Spelling problems and our national epidemic of subliteracy are topics for another time and place.

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