Category Archives: Who Knew?

Who Knew?

Tales of the Horless and Deglov Players have been circulating, in some form or other, since the old pirate days. An antique shanty tells of a man who, even after being made brave by drink, still won’t go with his crewmates to the show where “the poppet-man’s packing ’em in.” He waits in vain all night for his mates to… (more…)

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Damian Whilforber, one of Nagspeake’s foremost world travelers, wrote a pamphlet over a century ago entitled Packing with Aplomb, in which he makes recommendations on what to take and not take on your next perambulations around the planet. Notable on the not-to-be-forgotten list: “disabling drugs of some variety in the event that one finds one’s traveling companions less than wholesome… (more…)

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The last traveling performance of the Asylum Choir at St. Gammerbund’s was a state dinner in the mid-eighties.  The humorous results of this and many of the choir’s previous engagements were detailed by Otto Middleton, a member of the tenor section, in his book Medicate Me With Song.

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Edward Marie Bear has lived in Flotilla for sixty-seven years, which makes him the fifth-oldest living resident of that district. He has been a competitive worm grunter since age thirteen and still holds the world record for Most Worms Raised by Rhythmic Use of a Kitchen Whisk. His collection of worms, including over five thousand specimens representing twelve worm phyla… (more…)

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Damascus steel is named after Brian ap Damascus, an artisan of the fourth century who painstakingly painted wavy lines on all his samurai swords.

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The only surviving writings of the Puelax People who lived in the Magothy Basin in the days before Nagspeake, rests in the private archives of Edwin Willoughby Puelax and is comprised of an illustrated text inked on fifteen thin pieces of leather whip-stitched into a book.  The language inside has yet to be completely translated, and bears no resemblance to… (more…)

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Charlotte Gracechurch-Ferry used to have a rather sad addiction to candy dots. When the Deacon and Morvengarde catalogue stopped offering them, she went on a three-day bourbon bender during which time Annabelle at Magothy Treats swore out a restraining order against her because Charlotte persisted in stalking Annabelle and insisting she make up batch after batch of dots, which, at… (more…)

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Hallie Moxton, NBTC’s webmistress, was once well known as the author of a children’s book series called Tales of The Wobbwing Society. The first book was called The Long, Cold Night of the Wobbwing Society and each copy of the first printing came with an official Wobbwing Society decoder pin.