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James Randi passed away today.
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There goes the million he owes me...


A sad day. https://www.bbc.com...-us-canada-54642107
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Oct 25 2020]

The art of debunking https://www.corbett...e-art-of-debunking/
(Just an interesting video that features Randi) [spidermother, Nov 02 2020]


       Dang it, I hate it when that happens.
whatrock, Oct 25 2020

8th of 7, Oct 26 2020


RayfordSteele, Oct 26 2020

       Hopefully, at the memorial service, someone will stand up and yell "It's a trick ! He's not really in the coffin, look, he's hiding behind that curtain over there ! "
8th of 7, Oct 26 2020

Sgt Teacup, Oct 26 2020

       I hope his ghost haunts every tinpot charlatan in existence.
UnaBubba, Oct 29 2020

       You'll be expecting him as a permanent companion, then.
8th of 7, Oct 29 2020

       Always happy to discuss your personal experiences, if I feel I am at any risk of enduring them myself [8th].
UnaBubba, Oct 29 2020

       Well, you'd have to upgrade to "tinpot" from your current "waxed cardboard" ...
8th of 7, Oct 29 2020

       Interstingly, the "speed" bit in "Godspeed" means succeed, or prosper. When John Dowland sang:   

       What if I never speede, shall I straight yeeld to despaire?   

       he was referring not to amphetamines or phaetons, but to getting laid.
spidermother, Nov 02 2020

       //he was referring not to amphetamines or phaetons, but to getting laid.//   

       How do you know? Could have been road signs.   

       //How do you know?//   

       Linguistic geekiness and experience with rennaissance music - double meanings and sexual innuendo, were extremely common. Also, the Cupid references in the rest of the song.   

       "More haste, less speed" is a living-fossil idiom; it originally meant "more haste, less success", although the meaning "more haste less rapidity" also makes sense (source: Fowler's dictionary of modern English usage).   

       Another idiom which has had its original meaning forgotten is "the quick and the dead", which originally meant "the alive and the dead", but again, "the rapid and the dead" makes sense too.
spidermother, Nov 02 2020

       (I probably should confess that I deliberately threw my claim out there without any argument or evidence, for the sceptics to notice; kind of like leaving the breakfast dishes lying around just because there's a maid.   

       I should also point out that amphetamines and phaetons were not discovered until long after Dowland's death. Also, I only _assumed_ that he sang the song, even though he is only recorded as a (very skilled) lute player; it's natural to sing a song as one is writing it, although Bach maybe didn't, unless he was a masochist _as well_ as a sadist.)
spidermother, Nov 02 2020


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