Every single time a detestable tree is decked in fish, I find that I am hissing beneath my breath, and I realise that I have a dilemma. It is strange that I can't bear seeing crates, I have never liked them. Thanks every person reading this, I have wasted time in writing it, and it may have a letter in it that is despised, and I will eject in time. Sincerely, Garbelia. (I mean no ill will towards trees or crates, or indeed fish, but I had to make it work.)
I always think of MSR as like a tropical Venice. Your flag is very tropical looking, but your name reminds me of the Most Serene Republic of Venice, so I think of you as like Renaissance Venice crossed with the Cayman Islands or something.
I shall partake in this challenge that has been sent to me. This seems very hard, yet I shall prevail. Since English has many terms that can be said in different ways, I can always try to rewrite a sentence in a different way. I shall take this time and present this week’s LQW: Are there any special ways that YN’s inhabitants celebrate big festivals? Any different traditions? Are there special festivals that have parallels in different festivals?
3 holidays in particular are celebrated differently in MB:
New Year’s Eve has two weird traditions. Firstly, in the city of Calisota (which was the headquarters of MB’s old Cold War-era space program), students at UC-CalSo (University of Cothon — Calisota Campus), the best STEM school in the country, drop themselves off of a bridge into a small lake in front on the college. Although no one has died in the 60 or so years the tradition has been going, a student did break his back in the 80s, a kid broke his leg once, and two students have broken their arms. Although the Seniors are the ones who fall off the bridge, it’s the Juniors who organize a special prank in the water of the lake. Past pranks have included pouring rubber-duckies into the lake, putting eco-friendly soap into the water, putting plastic spikes in the lake, and putting a giant cloth film right below the surface of the water.
Secondly, on December 29th each year, the city of Sacrovilla holds two unique celebrations. The city was founded by Italians and to this day is the second largest city in the Italian Community, but it also holds a medium-sized Asian population (from China, Dàguó, New Dàguó, Taiwan, Kuronami, Japan, and India), and it had some Greeks living in the city as well during Medieval times. Although the Greeks have long since disappeared, a Greek tradition called Rouketopolemos, or rocket war, as been brought over. During the Rocket War in Sacrovilla on December 29th, two churches fire homemade rockets at each other, trying to do the most damage to the roof and bell-tower of the opponent. Meanwhile, the Chinese immigrants brought over many of their traditions from Chinese New Years, most notably the Lion Dance. Thus, on December 29th, right around New Years, two churches fire rockets at each other right as a Lion Dance takes place in the streets below, leading to chaos and silliness and fun times.
Thirdly and perhaps more simply, the Phoenician Jews still use the original Jewish calendar, which means that Yom Kippur, Rosh HaShanah, Sukkot, and Shmini Atzeret are celebrated in the same month as Passover in the spring, a half year from when they are normally celebrated.
Finally, during Lent in the Venetian community, a tradition called The Haunting of the Linens (aka the March of Fabric) is celebrated. It started back when the festival of Carnivale was banned by the rulers of the Italian Community for being too promiscuous a holiday, especially considering it marks the beginning of the somber Lent. The first night of Kent, however, the people of one small village slowly crept into the Town Plaza on a foggy night, wearing the only Carnevale-worthy costumes that weren’t burnt: satin sheets. The people repeated this every night for Lent, in different towns and villages across the Venetian and Italian Communities, and year after year they did this, and over time this tradition became associated with the common, working class. Even though this tradition was formed in response to cruel Lent bans, it gradually became associated with Lent’s message of non-extravagance and simple living and Jesus’s message of living a peaceful life, not too fancy or greedy. Today, people still put in satin and linen sheets and creep into their plazas and parks during Lent, and carry with them a message of simply, communal, anti-greedy living.
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This just in (sort of), via our Smug Vegetarian Bureau:
In a similar way, statins are likely beneficial in preventing or reducing the severity of SARS-CoV-2 infection because, while intended to remove cholesterol from blood vessels, they are also removing cholesterol from cell membranes. As a result, the coronavirus can’t get in.
“This is already happening in our bodies on a regular basis, so perhaps we just need to give it a boost, with statins or by other means, to better resist some viruses,” Rana said. “It’s not unlike cancer immunotherapy — the idea that sometimes instead of attacking a tumor directly, it’s better to arm a patient’s immune system to do a better job of clearing away tumors on its own.”
This is from last September, but, for some reason, is only just now popping up in my Google News feed. This caught my attention because apparently researchers in India have also found a link between vegetarianism and lower risk of COVID-19. At first, I \:|'d at that finding, since the research was conducted in India which has huge numbers of vegetarians to begin with, so even with statistical magick things might be skewed. However, if the link between cholesterol and COVID holds, then the link between vegetarianism and COVID might too, since vegetarians are already world-famous for their stupidly lower cholesterol vs. the larger population.
Score one for the soy bois.
All these things are really bad for the lake. Eco-soap is not eco in that way that you can just pour it in the water. Rubber and plastic also lead to micro waste in the water which in time is impossible to remove. I hope they stop this kind os stupid traditions.
Hello Forest friends!
I wanted to let you know that we have an official Refugi Envoy to your region now. Nerdy Tangent will be the point person for Refugia from this point onward. Feel free to tag him with questions or anything that you need!
Thanks so much ^-^
Steve sneezed. He rejected the nerveless beekeeper's clever cheek. Steve represented esteemed freewheelers, serene greenskeepers, cheerless beseechers, preemergent herb defenders etc.. He needed extended perversenesses; he needed these letters!
These writing challengers remind me of Oulipo. They’re the group that wrote an entire book in both French and English without the letter E, that developed the story-making machine, and which writes books and articles using palindromes and the Knight’s Tour to add constraints.
The rubber duckies were immediately removed. As for the soap, they did this without permission from the school, and several kids received harsh fines for organizing it (although the soap was homemade, so at least it’s not like they put industrial soap in the lake). The plastic spikes also led to a couple suspensions and many detentions, but not for that reason; that was the year when a kid broke his leg. And anyways very few fish or animals like in the lake, since it is artificial and fish were never brought into it. The only real wildlife are ducks and some underwater plants, but each year the Juniors are supposed to first speak with the College’s Dean of Sustainability, although several times the Juniors have completely forgone this step, to everyone’s dismay.