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"At the end of three hours and forty minutes [the patient] expired and suddenly coincident with death the beam end dropped with an audible stroke hitting against the lower limiting bar and remaining there with no rebound. The loss was ascertained to be 21 grams."

            Dr. Duncan MacDougall of Haverhill, Massachusetts,

           measuring the weight of the soul as it "leaves the body torn and     

            bruised / As the mind deserts the body it has used."  

                        T.S. Eliot, La Figlia Che Piange


          And while we talked of many things

           Fools and kings,

           This he said to me:

           "The greatest thing

           you'll ever learn

           Is just to love

           And be loved

           In return."

                       Nature Boy

          

           But he himself was broken

           Long before the sky would open

           Forsaken, almost human

           He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone.

                        Leonard Cohen, Suzanne


Diamond dust is a ground-level cloud composed of tiny ice crystals. This meteorological phenomenon is also referred to simply as ice crystals and is reported in the METAR code as IC. Diamond dust generally forms under otherwise clear or nearly clear skies, so it is sometimes referred to as clear-sky precipitation.


            A little shy

            And sad of eye,

            But very wise, very wise was he...

                        Nature Boy


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