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Nobody in the quiet town of Sudbury, Massachusetts agreed on exactly how the piano got into the middle of Willis Pond, but everyone agreed on who put it there: legendary baseball slugger Babe Ruth. One version of the story went that Ruth pushed the piano into the pond in a drunken rage. Another variation said that he threw it in the pond as a test of strength. Perhaps the most convincing story was that Ruth pushed the piano out onto the ice during a party in the winter of 1918, but then couldn't get it back and it sank in the spring thaw.

Local lore maintains that for decades the children of Sudbury would dive into the pond and swim out to the piano, standing on it, carving their names into it, spitting on it, diving off it. People recalled seeing the piano's rotting hulk as late as the 1970s, and one elderly woman even claimed to have attended the party where the Babe pushed the piano out onto the ice. But by the 2000s any piano that might have been there had long since rotted away,…

Arabian Mate Puzzle One: White to move, mate in 2.


My uncle was involved in some capacity with decomming mountaintop AT&T signal stations. These were built in the 60s, 70s, back when composting toilets weren’t a thing - but union/workplace reqs required you have facilities for workers.

So AT&T contracted with this company down in Texas to build toilets that could incinerate feces and urine via electricity, as the only thing they have a lot of at these relay stations is power. Thus was born the Incinolet. My uncle wandered off…

News for Noders

January 1: Gregorian New Year.

January 1: reQuest 2018 begins!

January 24: Happy Birthday Silverai_me!

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January 31: reQuest 2018 ends.

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December 12: Happy Hanukkah!

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