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Come on. A naked spy with kinky sex preferences found stuffed into a duffel bag in his bathtub — and he worked on top-secret UK intelligence matters?

An inquest held just across the Thames from MI6’s headquarters here has brought forth details of the bizarre and lonely death in August 2010 of Gareth Williams, a 31-year-old rising star in supersecret counterterrorism work. He was found in a fetal position, arms crossed on his chest, locked inside a duffel bag resting in an unfilled bathtub at the government flat assigned to him in the upscale Pimlico district of London.

His naked body had been in the bag for a week before it was discovered, so badly decomposed that the police and pathologists have been unable to determine whether he was murdered in what his family’s lawyer has suggested to the court was a plot by others skilled in the “dark arts” of spy work.

That theory has played prominently here, with Mr. Williams depicted alternately as a victim of Russian secret service hit men, extremists with Al Qaeda, or a multitude of other potential assassins working in the murky world of espionage who poisoned him with potassium cyanide or an overdose of a powerful sedative drug, GHB, a theory pathologists said could not be effectively tested because of the advanced decomposition.

While the police and MI6 officials have refused to rule out those theories, they suggested a more likely but mundane explanation: that although the day had long passed when the agency dictated agents’ lifestyles, he was leading a doubly secret life, as a licensed MI6 field agent and as a sexual fantasist.

Naturally, in the world of British TV mysteries, there’s much more going on here than  meets the eye. Surely this would involve cover-ups, blackmail, scandal… and maybe even the Royal Family. (Hey, if they can blame the royals for Jack the Ripper, why not?)

This just begs for Inspector Morse or Jane Tennison.

 

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And I haven’t a clue why:

 

Personally, I’d make t-shirts and sell them:

“My parents went to Fucking, Austria, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt!”

Come on, folks, vote “Nein!” 😀

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Luca Signorelli, "Resurrection of the Flesh" (1499-1502)

Happy Easter, folks!

As most know, this is a day when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. But, while traveling about the Web this morning, I ran across something I don’t recall ever hearing before in all my years of  being raised Catholic, attending catechism, or going to Catholic schools.

According to the Gospel of Matthew, others rose from the dead, too:

50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.

51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,

52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;

53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

And, as far as I know (I’m not religious, nor am I a scholar), that’s the last these “awakened saints” are ever mentioned. In fact, Matthew seems to be the only place in the New Testament that they appear.

That’s kind of a significant event, don’t you think? Who were these people, and what happened to them? Did they go back to their tombs? Did they live among men? Wander off to strange lands? Do they still live among us?

My apologies to anyone devout who might be offended by this speculation, but there’s some wonderful material for fiction and roleplaying games in this. Hidden saints. Do they have a mission? Are they waiting for something? Are they behind odd events that have happened in the last 2,000 years? And why is one contacting the player-characters, now?

Marvelous food for thought.

From Greyhawk Grognard

Related: Creepy Easter Bunnies.

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Google, never a company afraid to innovate, has decided to take it’s popular Maps site forward into the past, recreating those wonderful days when we were all playing King’s Quest on CGA monitors:

That, of course, was their Arpil Fool’s joke. Hah! 😀

Google often annoys the heck out of me as a company, but they do have a pretty good sense of humor.

PS: Speaking of King’s Quest, I really miss Sierra’s style of computer games.

 

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Oh, come on. You know that was fun to say. Both are real English words, but obsolete — no one uses them any more. If you deliciate in archaic words as a much as I do, you’ll find 17 more in this list, courtesy of Heather Carreiro.

via James at Grognardia

Update: Forgot to mention — a fun book chock full of archaic and obsolete English words you can use to confuse and  annoy your listeners is Jeffrey Kacirk’s “Forgotten English.”

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