A Long bar helps tightrope walkers keep balance.

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The key to balancing on a tightrope is to lower the body’s center of gravity toward the wire. Just as it’s harder to topple a stout vase than a tall slim one, a human is less likely to fall if the bulk of their mass is closer to the ground—or, in this case, the wire.

Sonja Harpstead

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Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.

National Lampoon’s Animal House

Speaker: Dean Vernon Wormer

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“There ain’t nothing funny about being a drunk,” he observed, looking back. “You know, I was really starting to believe there was something amusing and wonderfully American about a drunk. I ended up telling myself to cut that shit out.

Most of us know not to mess with absinthe. This anise-flavoured spirit has turned many men into mice and it’s therefore no wonder that some refer to it as the “Green Fairy”.

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“This absinthe! What horror, when I think of those days… and of time not so remote… I repeat in all shame I shall have later to tell of many absurdities (and worse) due to the abuse of this horrible drink; this abuse itself, source of folly and of crime, of idiocies and of shame. The governments should suppress this absinthe and why not?”

Paul-Marie Verlaine

http://www.absinthe.se/absinthe-drinkers/

 

Where a blood relation sobs, an intimate friend should choke up, a distant acquaintance should sigh, a stranger should merely fumble sympathetically with his handkerchief. Mark Twain

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There’s an unfamiliar grip on an unfamiliar handkerchief
Attending to the tears on cheeks I wouldn’t notice
With you no matter how vicious the grief
Her expression was damp and crooked
Grabs onto my throat and won’t let go
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