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I thought I might as well continue “Posts Inspired by AIM Conversations!”  (Please insert the lightning and thunder yourselves).

So, my friend has been looking through these old American Express appointment books as part of her job.  These appointment books are full of interesting quotes and factoids.  That’s right, factoids and not facts.

fac·toid

noun \ˈfak-ˌtȯid\

1 : an invented fact believed to be true because it appears in print
2 : a briefly stated and usually trivial fact
From what my friend has shared with me, I gather that some of these factoids are completely off the wall, some of them are rather mundane, and others…well, they’re just strange and you can’t verify them.  I don’t know why they’d be in an appointment book.  But whatever.  Here’s one of them that immediately sparked my imagination.  In fact, I think the conversation itself is good enough that I’ll let it stand on its own.  Maybe I’ll put in a brief explanation here and there when it gets really obscure.

[11:05:14] cherriebb515: “Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain, has for many centuries been a favorite suicide spot for thwarted lovers.”
[11:06:03] Moosterkey: THWARTED!
[11:06:19] cherriebb515: So…
[11:06:27] cherriebb515: I haven’t noticed anyone committing suicide on Mt. Fuji.
[11:06:40] cherriebb515: I’m not sure how anyone could commit suicide on Mt. Fuji.
[11:06:42] cherriebb515: He’s so small.

Note: Mt. Fuji is also a plush cell phone charm, although recently relegated to bag bling duty.  He looks like this:

Mt. Fuji was in a badge holder when I took the picture, but you get the idea.

Anyway, continuing…

[11:07:55] Moosterkey: Alas! My beloved and I are estranged! My love goes quite unrequited! Quickly! I shall go up to yon mountain! Yon mountain, there! And I shall throw myself from its steep precipice and rid myself of this life that is indeed, quite unbearable to me!
[11:07:59] Moosterkey: That is what they say.
[11:08:00] Moosterkey: All of them.
[11:08:19] Moosterkey: With the back of their right hand upon their brow.
[11:08:27] cherriebb515: hahahahaha
[11:08:31] Moosterkey: At the foot of the mountain.
[11:08:38] Moosterkey: And then they hurry to the peak.
[11:08:43] Moosterkey: And then hurl themselves off.
[11:08:57] Moosterkey: I keep wanted to say that they hurl themselves off the battlements, but I don’t think Mt Fuji has any.
[11:09:10] cherriebb515: hahahahaha
[11:09:23] Moosterkey: Oh, I forgot to say that they make that speech in a breathy kind of voice.

What?  It amused me.  Also, just out of curiosity, does no one else think like this?  Because…I think this is a perfectly normal thing to think upon reading “Mount Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain, has for many centuries been a favorite suicide spot for thwarted lovers.”

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