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 Of COURSE robot Abby will have laser cannons. Why wouldn't she?

Maybe an aesthetic appreciation for gemstones does make sense. Sometimes gemstones are actually useful. As in the use of rubies for making lasers.

Or maybe they’re beautiful simply because they are shiny, and we like shiny things because light is vital to our existence. A natural law of aesthetics could be that broad. I wonder if it actually is inherent, or if it’s culturally defined. Are there any cultures anywhere that find shiny jewels ugly? Maybe war-torn societies ruined by blood diamonds…

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somehow Abby knew from Norma's pronunciation how to spell it

My spellchecker dictionary actually contains the word “candiru.” Which is rather bizarre, considering that it lacks the words “piercings,” “poo,” “Asperger” and “in utero.”

And just so you know, the candiru can’t swim up the urine stream to a person peeing into a river. For some reason, the myth that it can is still very widespread. I think skeptical people look up the candiru, find that it actually exists and it actually is a urethra parasite, and jump to the conclusion that everything they heard about it is true.

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