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A: Mostly I straddle reality and the imagination. My reality needs imagination
like a bulb needs a socket. My imagination needs reality like a blind man needs
a cane. Math is hard. Reading a map. Following orders. Carpentry. Electronics.
Plumbing. Remembering things correctly. Straight lines. Sheet rock. Finding a
safety pin. Patience with others. Ordering in Chinese. Stereo instructions in
Q: What's wrong with the world?
A: We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with
knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness.
Leona Helmsley's dog made 12 million last year... and Dean McLaine, a farmer in
Ohio made $30,000. It's just a gigantic version of the madness that grows in
every one of our brains. We are monkeys with money and guns."
This is a press release courtesy of Oregon State Police
"Oregon State Police forwarded reports to the Lane County
District Attorney's Office for consideration of money laundering charges after
troopers discovered over $61,000 cash in a car during a May 20 traffic stop near
Cottage Grove. OSP troopers and drug enforcement detectives believe the cash is
tied to drug trafficking, but no arrests have been made pending review by the
district attorney's office.
On May 20, 2008, at approximately 9:30 p.m., a Cottage Grove police officer
stopped a 1993 Honda Accord two-door displaying California license plates
southbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 186 for failure to maintain a single
lane of travel and suspicion of DUII. OSP troopers were requested as backup
during the stop and after arriving noted indicators that the vehicle may be
involved in criminal activity.
Further investigation led to the discovery of $61,340 cash concealed inside the
vehicle. No illegal drugs were found. An OSP trooper and drug dog assisted
during the investigation.
The car's two occupants, a 38-year-old male driver and 21-year-old male
passenger, both from southern California, were detained and later released.
Their names are not being released because they have not been charged in this
Information developed during the investigation is being forwarded to the Lane
County District Attorney's Office for consideration of money laundering
So, in three years (Dec 2007?) Locke will be dead. Why did the Island allow
him to die? And isn't it great that even if he's dead that doesn't mean
no more Locke goodness?
My guess is that the off-Island Oceanic 6 scenes in 2007 will become the
new "present day" and the flashbacks will be on-Island starting right
after the Island moved and will move forward in time until final Season 7
when they converge. Or visa-versa.
How did they fit a polar bear into that little chamber in the Orchid?
Big Question: Why doesn't the Island just tell people what it wants
them to do?
Jin and Daniel aren't confirmed dead.
I think Sun wants to get back to the Island and find Jin. She may
be working with Ben.
I really want to know why the bad things that happened (will happen, whatever)
on the Island after the Move are Jack's fault.
Dream Claire doesn't want Aaron to return to the Island. WTF is up with that?
That would guarantee that Aaron would be "raised by another"-isn't that supposed
to be a Bad Thing? Does Aaron have to be one of the group for them to return?
"A masters student at the University of Nottingham who was
arrested under the Terrorism Act under suspicion of possessing extremist
material was studying terrorism for his dissertation, Times Higher Education can
Academics and students have expressed concerns about the police's handling of
the case, which saw police searching campus property.
Rizwaan Sabir, a 22-year-old who was studying in the politics department, was
arrested along with a 30-year-old member of staff. Both were released without
charge on 20 May after having been held in custody for six days.
Mr Sabir's lawyer, Tayab Ali of McCormacks solicitors in London, told Times
Higher Education that as preparation for a PhD on radical Islamic groups, Mr
Sabir had downloaded an edited version of the al-Qaeda handbook from a US
government website. It is understood that Mr Sabir sent the 1,500-page document
to the staff member - who was subsequently arrested - because he had access to a
printer. Mr Ali said: "The two members of the university were treated as though
they were part of an al-Qaeda cell. They were detained for 48 hours, and a
warrant for further detention was granted on the basis that the police had
mobile phones and evidence taken from computers to justify this.""
"Few Americans--professional journalists included--know anything
about so-called Continuity of Government (COG) programs, so it's no surprise
that the president's passing reference received almost no attention. COG resides
in a nebulous legal realm, encompassing national emergency plans that would
trigger the takeover of the country by extra-constitutional forces--and
effectively suspend the republic. In short, it's a road map for martial law.
While Comey, who left the Department of Justice in 2005, has steadfastly refused
to comment further on the matter, a number of former government employees and
intelligence sources with independent knowledge of domestic surveillance
operations claim the program that caused the flap between Comey and the White
House was related to a database of Americans who might be considered potential
threats in the event of a national emergency. Sources familiar with the program
say that the government's data gathering has been overzealous and probably
conducted in violation of federal law and the protection from unreasonable
search and seizure guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment.
According to a senior government official who served with high-level security
clearances in five administrations, "There exists a database of Americans, who,
often for the slightest and most trivial reason, are considered unfriendly, and
who, in a time of panic, might be incarcerated. The database can identify and
locate perceived 'enemies of the state' almost instantaneously." He and other
sources tell Radar that the database is sometimes referred to by the code name
Main Core. One knowledgeable source claims that 8 million Americans are now
listed in Main Core as potentially suspect. In the event of a national
emergency, these people could be subject to everything from heightened
surveillance and tracking to direct questioning and possibly even detention."
Martial law would make a nice alternative to an election that can't be fixed.
"What they were looking for, Carroll says, was an
informant---someone to show up at "vegan potlucks" throughout the Twin Cities and
rub shoulders with RNC protestors, schmoozing his way into their inner circles,
then reporting back to the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, a partnership
between multiple federal agencies and state and local law enforcement. The
effort's primary mission, according to the Minneapolis division's website, is to
"investigate terrorist acts carried out by groups or organizations which fall
within the definition of terrorist groups as set forth in the current United
States Attorney General Guidelines.""
Me, I keep fantasizing about the FBI prosecuting the Republican Party as
an "ongoing criminal conspiracy" under the RICO statutes.
" Massive investment in CCTV cameras to prevent crime in the
UK has failed to have a significant impact, despite billions of pounds spent on
the new technology, a senior police officer piloting a new database has warned.
Only 3% of street robberies in London were solved using CCTV images, despite the
fact that Britain has more security cameras than any other country in Europe.
Use of CCTV images for court evidence has so far been very poor, according
to Detective Chief Inspector Mick Neville, the officer in charge of the
Metropolitan police unit. "CCTV was originally seen as a preventative measure,"
Neville told the Security Document World Conference in London. "Billions of
pounds has been spent on kit, but no thought has gone into how the police are
going to use the images and how they will be used in court. It's been an utter
fiasco: only 3% of crimes were solved by CCTV. There's no fear of CCTV. Why
don't people fear it? [They think] the cameras are not working."
More training was needed for officers, he said. Often they do not want to
find CCTV images "because it's hard work". Sometimes the police did not bother
inquiring beyond local councils to find out whether CCTV cameras monitored a
particular street incident."
Notice how Hurley brought Sayid into his family? Mark my words, by
the end of Season 6 Hugo will be the Grand High PooBah of the Island
Yes Miss Austin, why didn't the Marshall or anyone else notice you were
SIX MONTHS PREGNANT?
Sayid has been searching for her, but Nadia found him.
Ben: "It's a Greenhouse", and I'm Eleanor Roosevelt.
Good Line: "How do you move an island? Very Carefully".
Too bad "Mister 'Splody" Locke is going to be at the controls.
"None of your business"-Ben is getting upitty.
Who signalled back from the Orchid? I assume they knew some sort
Daniel could tell everyone that the shit is going to hit the fan, but
what fun would that be?
Jin made it to the boat, so it looks bad for him.
What is on Hurley's t-shirt? Something about Ace Spades?
I really, really want Mama Hurley to fall down a well.
The Camaro's key is attached to another white rabbit's foot, like
the Coast Guard co-pilot had.
Red Camaro-Red is bad.
Ben-"I wasn't being entirely truthful"- no shit.
Keamy's dead man switch is connected to the C4, that's what's
messing with the depth gauge.
Yes Jack, you left your half-sister on the Island.
Michael and Walt TOOK A CARGO FERRY back to NYC?!???!?!
He only had three weeks to get an apartment and fuck up
his life before he had to get on the Freighter-a ship would have
taken forever to get him home.
That is a hell of a lot of C4.
Prediction: Sooner or later
Locke is going to realize what a dupe and a shmuck he's been
and try to "clean up his mess". Notice how in this episode everyone else is
trying to help/save someone else, but not Locke. He doesn't care about
Hurley being stranded, he doesn't care about the people he didn't protect
from Keamy's goons, he only cares about serving the Island. I've got news--
there is nothing that says that
the Island deserves worship or service. Locke has faith in the Island, but he
has no faith in himself. He's constantly looked outside himself for direction-
his father, the commune, the Island, The Button, Ben, Jacob. He may want
to be a Hero, but right now he's just a tool.
"The Air Force wants a suite of hacker tools, to give it "access"
to -- and "full control" of -- any kind of computer there is. And once the info
warriors are in, the Air Force wants them to keep tabs on their "adversaries'
information infrastructure completely undetected."
On Monday, the Air Force Research Laboratory introduced a two-year, $11 million
effort to put together hardware and software tools for "Dominant Cyber Offensive
Engagement." "Of interest are any and all techniques to enable user and/or root
level access," a request for proposals notes, "to both fixed (PC) or mobile
computing platforms... any and all operating systems, patch levels, applications
and hardware." This isn't just some computer science study, mind you; "research
efforts under this program are expected to result in complete functional
"This insane montage of (nearly) every instance of "What?" from the LOST
series started me thinking about this genre of video meme, where some
obsessive-compulsive superfan collects every phrase/action/cliche from an
episode (or entire series) of their favorite show/film/game into a single
massive video montage.
For lack of a better name, let's call them supercuts."
My favorite is the 277 DVDs dissecting and categorizing Starsky and Hutch
Too bad I don't have a union to protect my privacy.
"The Police Department plans to equip its entire fleet with a new
GPS-like tracking system that will give officers and dispatchers a global view
of where cops are deployed at any given moment.
It should help route the closest officer to an emergency and be a safety net
when an officer has no time to radio his position in a fast-paced scenario,
police officials say.
One remaining obstacle could be cleared if police officers vote to accept a
recent labor contract offered by the city. The Seattle Police Officers' Guild
wanted guarantees that the AVL system wouldn't be used to spy on officers, so a
policy was hammered out in the proposed contract.
In a separate Memorandum of Agreement, the two sides drafted a policy
prohibiting AVL from being used to grade an officer's performance or monitor his
or her conduct, unless it's part of a criminal misconduct investigation, said
Sgt. Rich O'Neill, the guild president.
"It's a great officer-safety tool, especially if the officer gets out of the car
and they can't raise him on the radio," O'Neill said. "But we had concerns that
it could be abused.""
"...tests such as checking whether the child can recognize
acquaintances or possessions from his previous life or answer questions only
known to his former life-experience. According to the book Magic and Mystery in
Tibet by Alexandra David-Neel, “A number of objects such as rosaries,
ritualistic implements, books, tea-cups, etc., are placed together, and the
child must pick out those which belonged to the late tulku, thus showing that he
recognizes the things which were his in his previous life."
Locke: "You deserve to know everything that I do, so...no more secrets".
What a sad little scene. Once again the Losties are the most incurious and disconnected
bunch one could imagine. Why are the Freighties after Ben? Why are they going to
kill everyone else on the Island? What are we going to do to prepare for the coming
attack? How did Ben get Michael to work for him on the freighter? What were the
people on the helicopter supposed to do? Why did the Others abandon Ben?
And those are just
the questions that concern their immediate welfare. No questions for Ben about the
hundreds of other mysteries. No more secrets my ass-Widmore, the guy behind
the freighter, isn't even mentioned.
The ship's alarm sounds exactly like the Swan's.
Did Ben hand-draw the
Temple Dharma logo on
his map or does he have
a set of stamps?
Ben: "These people that are coming - they know who I am, Alex. They're
here to capture me. They'll kill anybody that gets in their way. If they knew
who you were, that you were my daughter, they would use you to get to me".
If (and it's a big if) Ben's strategic prowess stems from knowledge of the
future then he could have planted the idea for Alex to use her identity to save her life.
But if he knows the future then he knows already that Alex tells the freighter
snatch-team that she's his daughter-so he doesn't need to tell her. This is
a hint of some of the problems associated with time-travel/precognition.
Sayid wants answers, bless his heart.
New York City
Irony: The song playing in Michael's car is Mama Cass's "It's Getting Better"
"Once I believed that when love came to me
It would come with rockets, bells and poetry
But with me and you it just started quietly and grew
And believe it or not
Now there's something groovy and good
Bout whatever we got
And it's getting better
Growing stronger warm and wilder
Getting better everyday, better everyday
I don't feel all turned on and starry eyed
I just feel a sweet contentment deep inside
Holding you at night just seems kind of natural and right
And it's not hard to see
That it isn't half of what it's going to turn out to be
Cause it's getting better
Growing stronger, warm and wilder
Getting better everyday, better everyday
Ba da da da da da da da da da da da
And I don't mind waitin', don't mind waitin'
Cause no matter how long it takes
The two of us know
That it's getting better
Growing stronger, warm and wilder
Getting better everyday, better everyday'"
According to the speedometer, the car hit the container going at least 60 mph.
Assuming Michael never buckled his seat belt
(and I never saw him), he should definitely be dead.
His other suicide attempt is iffy, given that Tom could have
messed with his gun, but I think the crash is good evidence that Michael cannot die.
This episode's closeup of an eye opening is Michael in the hospital.
Nurse Libby a guilty conscience, or Smokie , or like whatever Charlie is now, or
The Hospital room changes before and after Libby, suggesting either a
dream or bad continuity.
Libby is bringing blankets, just like when Michael shot her.
If Michael had no ID, how was his note supposed to get to Walt?
There's a Xmas tree in the hospital and a wreath at Mom's house=It's the
holiday season, probably December 2004.
There's a Xmas tree on the counter at the pawn shop.
Why does Michael need a gun? New York City is full of nice tall buildings
he can jump off of.
Tom is pretty lucky Michael didn't press the issue, it's not easy defending
yourself against someone who hates you and who wants to die.
For the record, I think Michael can't die, but I remain skeptical of everything
Tom says to him, including the part about the Island not letting him die.
Michael's "invulnerability" could be due to some other factor that Ben is taking
"Also of interest: how Zeke said that Michael had more "work
to do." This is what Taller Ghost Walt said to Locke at the Skeleton Pit, and
it's the same sentence Zombie Dad said to Vincent in "So It Begins" (a Lost
Missing Piece)--referring to Jack."
Bob Dylan lived in the Hotel Earle, room 305, in the 1960's.
There's a fictional Californian Hotel Earle in the
Coen brother's film Barton Fink. Barton's next-door neighbor is a
traveling-salesman serial killer.
Michael's TV mentions Kurt Vonnegut as a game show answer.
Who turns on the TV before they shoot themselves?
Yup, Tom's gay.
Tom's "evidence" is pretty weak. What kind of self-respecting
evil billionaire leaves a paper trail of
purchase orders with his name on them?
Widmore says Ben staged the Indian ocean wreck, Tom says Widmore did
it-my theory is that both of them are lying and neither of them is
responsible for the plane that was found. I think that really is flight 815-we've seen
duplicated bunnies, why not duplicated planes?
"Kevin Johnson's" passport has the same number as Ben's "Dean Moriarty" one.
How did Ben get Michael a job on the freighter? Why would the freighter
need a deckhand to come all the way from America?
"Hi there, I'm the new lowly deckhand. Pay no attention to the crate I'm having
loaded onto the ship, it's not like it's a bomb or anything. I mean, just because you're
all going off to do bad deeds for an evil billionaire, there's no reason for you to have
any semblance of security."
Let's meet all the people who will be dead soon.
"Meet Kevin Johnson calls attention to another seminal
modern tragedy that might serve as the model for the stories of Michael and
other characters. In an allusion to The Godfather films, Miles calls
our attention to an orange that he's eating, both visually and verbally. Oranges
also serve as a famous recurring image in The Godfather film saga,
always as a forewarning that death will not be far behind. Lost also paid homage
to The Godfather as far back as the Pilot episode of the
series, in which Terry O'Quinn mimicked Marlon Brando's famous orange peel
smile. If The Godfather saga does serve as a major creative influence
on Lost, then there is a strong reason to be concerned for its characters. The
story of the Corleone family suggests not only that it might be impossible for
an individual to atone for past crimes within one lifetime, but that future
generations also will suffer for those sins."
Whatever Engine Room Libby was, why did she warn Michael not
to set off the fake bomb? My theory: "Libby" didn't want Ben to get another
hold over Michael.
My first reaction to the "Not Yet" pop-up was "Oh my god, the
Island is writing notes!".
"Finally, on the subject of the King of Ka, I wanted to
highlight a telling reference to the Shining. Recall that Mike is wasting time
by bouncing a ball against the wall just like Jack Nicholson in the film version
when Minkowski draws the comparison. I'm intrigued because the Shining strikes
me as a perfect analogy for what's happening on Lost. Like the Overlook Hotel,
the Island was once the site of some trauma that left a powerful psychic imprint
upon it. Living and dead alike are driven by this imprint to repeat terrible
events of the past.
Of particular relevance, both the Shining and Lost feature psychic children
whose powers are intensified by proximity to the Island/Hotel. This booster
effect makes the children more sensitive to the imprint but simultaneously gives
them the power to resist it. That's why Walt eventually soured on the Island in
a way Locke never did, even during his crisis of faith after finding the Pearl.
The former is little Danny Torrance, and the latter his father, Jack. Like the
Overlook Hotel, the Island needs a new caretaker..."
Michael's a lowly deckhand on a freighter on a secret mission for
an evil billionaire, of course he can take a call from the mainland in private.
It's not like he's a mole for an evil sociopath.
Ben can radio the outside world from his secret room.
Ben: "I will not kill innocent people."-Does Ben really believe this? How
does he rationalize shooting Locke? Oh yea, Ben believed that Locke killed his father
to join the Others.
The question to ask is; Why doesn't Ben really want
the freighter blown up?
Ben is prohibited from or punished for killing innocent people
who are off the Island. "God doesn't know how long we've been
here, John. He can't see this island any better than the rest of the world can.
For some reason he can't kill innocent people in the context of his
conflict with Widmore.
Blowing up the freighter screws up the future.
"In Ben's brief appearance in Michael's flashback, he makes his
strongest plea yet that he is The Good Guy. He goes to great lengths to convince
Michael that he is not a monster like Charles Widmore: "When I'm at war, I'll do
what I need to do to win, but I will not kill innocent people." While Michael
was convinced by the little farce that Ben played with him, Ben's track record
indicates otherwise. It is difficult to put an exact number on the innocent
people that Ben killed or tried to kill to fulfill his own desires. However, Ben
is such a fan of listmaking that he probably has these names checked off
somewhere: Roger Linus, Horace Goodspeed, another forty members of Dharma
Initiative, the real Henry Gale, Goodwin, Charlie, Bonnie, Greta, any pregnant
woman who wanted to leave the island, all of his own people who died on
kidnapping missions, etc. You can add in his direct attempts to kill Ana-Lucia,
Locke, and Charlotte, as well as the countless other times when he ordered other
people to use lethal force. If you agree with my interpretation of this episode,
then Karl and Danielle will be just the latest names in this ongoing series of
Perhaps even longer than his list of names is his list of excuses. He somehow
manages to keep persuading both characters and audience members that everything
he does is justified. Ben has now convinced a new group of people that their
survival depends upon their efforts to protect him. Make no mistake, though, Ben
is a monster, and there is no other character more dangerous than him. He
pursues his desires without regard for human life, and slaughters the innocent
Ben's new orders to Michael don't make sense. If the freighter's radios and
engines are disabled, those innocent people either take a smaller boat and try
to get to the Island or they starve to death.
Michael doesn't cover any of the time since Sayid and Desmond got
I'll say one thing for Michael, he didn't lie to Sayid and Desmond.
Want to bet the Captain knew all along about Michael?
"Watch Gault's reaction as they present Michael to him - he's not
even the least bit surprised. In fact, he looks almost disappointed. I think he
and Widmore knew exactly who Michael was from the very beginning, and were
planning on somehow using that knowledge to find Ben. Sayid and Desmond just
blew it for him. He intentionally called Johnson to "clean up this mess" to see
if Michael's ex-friends would approach him. Check out how he watches them over
his shoulder on the way back to his quarters. I actually think Gault expected
them to secretly buddy up together... he had no way of knowing that Michael
committed double-homicide and was totally hated. The captain was completely
caught off guard by Sayid turning him in."
Does it seem like the whole freighter thing seems a little low-rent for
a guy like Widmore? If I were him I would have at least 2 ships; one near, one far.
And no crappy rustbuckets.
The same thing that prevents Michael from dying could have
intervened in Jack's attempted bridge jump.
There are some serious issues with Michael's timeline. I'll just quote
Also, we wondered, when did Tom find time to get off the island during that
month before he died? To answer these questions, here is a simple timeline using
the days on the island to try and pinpoint when the flashbacks took place.
Day 67 (Saturday, November 27, 2004):
-Michael and Walt are released in the boat get off the island.
Day 67-Day 74:
-Tom and the rest of the Others are at the Hydra Station, interrogating Jack,
Kate and Sawyer. Tom is present throughout, including during Ben's surgery.
Day 80-Day 81:
-Locke, Kate, Rousseau and Sayid see Jack playing football with Tom.
-The Others (Tom included) head off to the Ruins.
-Naomi lands on the island.
This timeline results in some serious issues fans should have with time. When
Ben calls Michael on the radio, he is in his home in the barracks, which means
that scene takes place on Day 81 at the latest. In other words, two weeks after
leaving the island, Michael is on the freighter coming back.
Also, this means that Tom's visit to New York City must have taken place between
the time at Hydra and the time he's seen playing football with Jack. This covers
roughly a one week span that takes place one week after Michael leaves. This
makes almost no sense.
Michael left in the boat, he had to find help, come ashore, somehow explain
himself, get on a plane back to New York City, drop off Walt to live with his
grandma, find an apartment, get into a car accident, recover, and only then did
he meet Tom. Either the writers are playing fast and loose with the concept of
time, or Michael had the busiest week in the history of the
I've gone over
Lostpedia's Timeline and I can't argue with this analysis. Though Ben did
send Michael on a different bearing than Faraday's "safe" heading-maybe Ben
intentionally sent Michael and Walt back in time. Against this is Michael's mom
not seeing him for 2 months.
I'm completely in love with Jack's vintage Bronco, but does this seem like the
car a hot-shit spinal surgeon drives? Yet it's so unique I wonder if there's
a reason behind it.
"False identifications based on a terrorist no-fly list have for
years prevented some federal air marshals from boarding flights they are
assigned to protect, according to officials with the agency, which is finally
taking steps to address the problem.
Federal Air Marshals (FAMs) familiar with the situation say the mix-ups, in
which marshals are mistaken for terrorism suspects who share the same names,
have gone on for years — just as they have for thousands of members of the
One air marshal said it has been "a major problem, where guys are denied
boarding by the airline."
"In some cases, planes have departed without any coverage because the airline
employees were adamant they would not fly," said the air marshal, who asked not
to be named because the job requires anonymity. "I've seen guys actually being
A second air marshal said one agent "has been getting harassed for six years
because his exact name is on the no-fly list.""
"Tetrodotoxin can cause a pleasing numbing sensation when eaten
in tiny amounts, but if you ingest too much of the substance, nothing pleasant
at all happens. The symptoms of tetrodotoxin poisoning include dizziness,
exhaustion, and nausea. Eventually your muscles begin to freeze--first your lips
and tongue, then the tips of your fingers, then your hands, then your arms and
legs, and finally your heart and lungs. Victims typically remain conscious, but
are eventually paralyzed and can't move or speak. (In parts of Japan, legend has
it, the bodies of fugu-overdose victims were once laid beside their open caskets
for several days to ensure that they were not being buried alive.) The amount of
tetrodotoxin required to kill a man can fit on the head of a pin. Tetrodotoxin
poisoning has no known cure.
Blowfish bones have been excavated in shell mounds in Japan going back more than
2,000 years, and the Japanese remain by far the world's largest consumers of the
fish, eating an estimated 10,000 tons of it each year. The country's ravenous
appetite for fugu is, in part, a simple function of taste. Connoisseurs say that
fugu, an extremely lean fish, has a pure, almost pristine freshness.
"Cleanliness," says chef Masa. "That's the special fugu umami." (Umami
translates literally as a savory Japanese flavor, but the term connotes a kind
of mystical deliciousness.) But much of fugu's allure, of course, comes from its
air of danger. As the owner of a fugu museum in Osaka once put it, "Human beings
are funny. They want to eat what is forbidden." Japanese poets have penned
tragic verses referencing fugu ('I cannot see her tonight / I have to give her
up / So I will eat fugu,' goes one work by the eighteenth-century haikuist Yosa
Buson), and the dish was once so popular that during the Tokugawa and Meiji
periods (1603-1912), Japanese authorities banned people from eating it. In
modern Japan, it's still illegal to serve fugu to the emperor.