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The Whippet #163: Vulture bees and meat honey

The Whippet #163: Vulture bees and meat honey

The oldest known written sentence, otherworldly skeleton paintings, vulture bees, pet bereavement and tech bros who only read one book.

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The Whippet #162: Nectar Crash

The Whippet #162: Nectar Crash

Cursed knowledge in this issue: parrot mouths, unseeable number truths. Blessed knowledge: hearts, sunbirds, joyful mice.

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The Whippet #161: Not glowy enough out there

The Whippet #161: Not glowy enough out there

Ghost light, Alexander wept, liquid mirror telescope, Voynich Manuscript AMA, science of gift-giving

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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...