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114.5 Section 8
A category of discharge from the United States military for reason of being mentally unfit for service
Chlorosis (also known as "green sickness") is a form of anemia named for the greenish tinge of the skin of a patient. Its symptoms include lack of energy, shortness of breath, dyspepsia, headaches, a capricious or scanty appetite and amenorrhoea. Today this disease is diagnosed as hypochromic anemia.
A broad term for numerous types of skin diseases.
An inflamed area on the skin, especially the heel; a chillblain
Bright splotches on the skin.
A accumulation of pus; an abcess
115.4 almonds in the ears
Swollen lymph glands, per Weisenburger
A disease resulting from a deficiency of vitamin C. It leads to the formation of spots on the skin, spongy gums, and bleeding from the mucous membranes.
115.19 Primo Scala's Accordion Band
An English group, well-known by the mid-1930s, that consisted of four accordions, two pianos, bass, drums and guitar, under the direction of Harry Bidgood.
115.32-33 Compton Mackenzie novels
British novelist, (1883-1972), both acclaimed and neglected, who wrote more than 100 novels, plays, and biographies
115.35 Sèvres vase
Sèvres is a French porcelain manufacturer dating to 1740. It was originally a royal, then an imperial, factory, and is now run by the Ministry of Culture.
115.37 Wardour Street
A street in Soho, London.
116.21 Lafitte Rothschild
Château Lafite Rothschild (Pynchon adds an extra 't' in 'Lafite') is a wine estate in France, owned by members of the Rothschild banking family of France since the 19th century. The name Lafite comes from the Gascon term "la hite" meaning "small hill".
116.23 Bernkastler Doktor
German vineyard along the Mosel
116.35 Gilbert & Sullivan
Composer Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) and librettist W.S. Gilbert (1836-1911) collaboratively developed a distinctive English form of the operetta.
117.15 ...exactly the sort of thing Hop Harrigan used to pull to get Tank Tinker to quit playing his ocarina...
Both Hop and Tank are aviation heroes from DC comics. Hop is a pilot; Tank is his mechanic. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hop_Harrigan --Jpicco 09:20, 27 May 2009 (PDT)
118.12 Cubeb? He used to smoke that stuff.
Not an uncommon practice, apparently. "Edgar Rice Burroughs, being fond of smoking cubeb cigarettes, humorously stated that if he had not smoked so many cubebs, there might never have been Tarzan." More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cubeb#Cigarettes_and_spirits --Jpicco 09:24, 27 May 2009 (PDT)
Beyond the Zero
Un Perm' au Casino Herman Goering
In the Zone
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