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04/13/2018

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Kip W

Before Paul died, my sisters (two years and four years older than me—the oldest was already somewhere else) became convinced through the rumor mill that the Beatles had put clues on and in their albums (chiefly Magical Mystery Tour and Sgt Pepper's) which, when deciphered correctly, would lead the discerning fans to the proper time and location at which they would be picked up (by helicopter, I think they said) and taken off to some wondrous island that the Beatles apparently had where said fans would be free to confer and hobnob with the Fab Four in some kind of magical mystery tour. They expended some amount of mental processing time to the problem, aided by their like-minded friends.

Then it faded, and its memory was wiped out by the enormity of the likelihood that Paul had done died, and the very same clues that had been pondered assiduously before were now proof of McCartney's untimely demise. (See also the Batman story where "Saul Cartwright" of some other fab foursome is strongly rumored… er, rumoured… to be dead, and the Caped Crusader deciphers the clues and finds out the stunning truth behind it all, which I won't spoil.)

Such clue recycling is not new. I remember seeing a very old book of the prophecies of Nostradamus, and the quatrain that proves conclusively that he predicted the death of JFK in vague terms that only became obvious in hindsight used to prove conclusively that he was aware of the future (now past) death of some beloved duke or prince in a European province I can't bring to mind just now.

Mike Peterson

I went on WNDU, which was a for-real radio station operating from our campus, as the "eminent Paulologist" who took the most extreme of the clues to cobble together the explanation that Paul had had his brains sucked out at a stop light by a giant bee. I don't remember how I came up with it, but we had a phone call immediately after the show from a furious mother whose children were running around the house screaming that Paul had been eaten by a giant bee.

By golly, we did fake news better than these snot-nosed young'uns today.

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