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The Whippet #160: Make a fish expert angry today

The Whippet #160: Make a fish expert angry today

Listen, I have bad news about Interpol and being an Interpol agent; hunting down international jewel thieves in an exhilarating game of cat-and-mouse.

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The Whippet #159: The gem in the robe

The Whippet #159: The gem in the robe

Cybernetic and gubernatorial share the same root, so you get a DALL-E-generated image of a cybernetic governor

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jackdaw glaring

The Whippet #158: Jackdaw Democracy

Sooty black with silver cape and a smoky opal iris. A municipal inspector of kerbs, with a wide-legged gait, as though its bootlaces had come undone.

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The Whippet #157: Rat snakes, strong snakes, wine snakes, germ snakes

The Whippet #157: Rat snakes, strong snakes, wine snakes, germ snakes

A 19th C woman whose Wikipedia page includes the headings Authenticated feats of strength and Authenticated feats of heroism...

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The (mini) Whippet #156: Do not panic!

The (mini) Whippet #156: Do not panic!

Hello! A brief one this fortnight: Sharks smell in stereo You know how humans can tell what direction sounds are coming from because our ears hear sounds a split second apart, so they can triangulate distance between the two? And it's automatic, you just 'know' that the sound is coming

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nepotism and Cardinal-Nephews

The Whippet #155: Do spiders dream of electric flies?

Stale-bread soup, nepotism for your nep-hews, should you punch a lion in the face?, spiders have dreams, study suggests!

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The Whippet #154: Refuge in audacity

The Whippet #154: Refuge in audacity

There ought to be a word like "landmarks" but for time. Life events that you use to determine when other things happened. Chronomarks.