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Story of the Day: Thusly is Not a Word

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It is so dreadfully easy to discompose Bartleby Crulge. As a librarian and scientist extraordinaire, he cannot but take everything seriously, and the best way to get him to do exactly what you want is to purposely make a mistake and wait for him to fall into the trap of correcting you:
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Story for the Day: The Creature of the Deep

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Shanties and seasongs are not exactly the same thing: a shanty is a song chanted out for work purposes, to make the laborious drudgery of heaving the capstan or hauling on the bowline more pleasurable, while seasongs are melodies sung when the crew is otherwise unoccupied. Danaco and the crew of the Myrellenos have a fast catalogue of songs they go through on their journeys, some songs quite vulgar (like Brogan's rendition of Marie the Whore), some downright wholesome (like the Song of the Sahadin), but one that everyone enjoys, because it comes attached to a game of chance is The Creature of the Deep, a seasong by Livanese sailors, telling the tale of the mysterious monster that may or may not live at the bottom of Livanon Sound: