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Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006 - 10:32 a.m.

I found a website selling gilding supplies (all of which require more skill than I currently have, but that's beside the point)-- the site was run by an individual, so I checked out the guy's main site, hoping to find calligraphy stuff. What it was instead was a flightless fruitfly supply site. You know, rearing flightless fruitflies for researchers.

How often do I meet calligraphy hobbyists in the bug rearing industry? Not often! But perhaps it's an underground sort of thing, maybe there's a whole world of entomology-drone closet calligraphers out there.

My favorite part was that they sold a killing agent for mites called MITEBEGONE.

Hee.

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