Sunday October 19, 2014
Book 15: Delegates and Delegation — Part II: Conflict

Note: The hypernet streamozine Ignobellishmentarianism is a gently curated aggregator for research papers that meet certain oddball criteria. For the most part, the papers presented in this stream cover edge research that, in the correct context, might seem silly. 

The name Ignobellishmentarianism is a mash-up of "Ignobel" (that ancient award for edgy-silly research), "embellishment," and "antidisestablishementarianism," which is itself a silly word meaning "opposed to the tearing down of the establishment." Titles like this one are a very natural outgrowth of the ever-narrowing quest for trademarkable words. And yes, there's a paper on that very trend in the December 3062 issue.


NARRATOR: Dom Atlantis, just 450 meters above sea level...

KATHRYN: Hi, Lieutenant Sorlie!  What did I miss?

SORLIE: Let's see... I played in traffic, I got goobered to a billboard, and then Officer Libretti here very kindly did not issue me a citation for reckless traversal.

MAKO: Speaking of which...

KATHRYN: Diplomatic immunity.

MAKO: You do know that card doesn't make you immune to being killed by a car, right?

KATHRYN: Yup.  I think the rules were written like this as a crafty way to keep the population of diplomats under control.

SORLIE: I think I remember reading a study that listed the immunity clauses as demonstrable selection pressures on the diplomatic population.

KATHRYN: Wait, seriously?  I was just making a joke.

SORLIE: Chester says it's in the May 3088 issue of Ignobellishmentarianism.

MAKO: Ask "Chester" if there's a way for me to write either of you a ticket right now.