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or maybe for the hell of it

I’m trying to make Abby’s religious conversations less one-sided. Abby has her flaws too. Chrissy may be more religious than I like, but Abby is way more obnoxious than anyone likes. Just because you have a good argument, that doesn’t justify shoving it in everyone’s face.

On an unrelated note, I’ve recently read some of “The Left Hand of Darkness.” Is anyone else struck by how much it influenced the Star Trek episode “Amok Time”? They even use some of the same terminology, like “the veneer of civilization.”

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Achilles and Oedipus both had foot problems caused by their parents

The Wikipedia page on Achilles is interesting. He is featured in the Iliad, but the part about him being invulnerable except for his heel was added centuries later, and directly contradicts parts of the Iliad. Also, there’s an alternate version where his mother tried to make him immortal by covering him in ambrosia and burning him.

I guess the ancient Greeks were less strict about the particulars of their religion than anyone in the present day.

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you can't spell our name without RNA

To come up with the punny names Abby makes up, I had to spend a lot of time on a webpage devoted to listing all the words that begin with a given letter or series of letters. Not surprisingly, that webpage is intended as a Scrabble resource. To use it, just type in http://www.scrabblefinder.com/starts-with/something/ and replace “something” with whatever letters you like.

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