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167.36 "And the crowds they swarm in Knightsbridge, and the wireless carols drone, and the Underground's a mob-scene, but Pointsman's all alone" Sung to the tune of the Kinks' "A Well-Respected Man" ... "And he gets up in the morning, and he goes to work at 9, etc etc"]
Comment: interesting observation -- but is there more to corroborate this or is it just a coincidence (if coincidences exist, that is)? Where does the parallels end in this passage?
168.22-23 "What did the Cockney exclaim to the cowboy from San Antonio?" I think Weisenburger tries way too hard on this one. If you ask me, the punchline to this terrible joke is simply "Cor, Tex!" with the "cor" from the Cockney slang exclamation "Cor blimey!" and the "Tex" from the American cowboy diminutive, indicating a person from Texas. --Jpicco 12:47, 31 May 2009 (PDT)
169.7-8 ...some piece by Ernesto Lecuona, Siboney perhaps...
Ernesto Lecuona y Casado (1895-1963) was a Cuban composer and pianist. Siboney (Canto Siboney) was from 1929. Siboney is also a town in Cuba. 1929 version on Youtube.
169.30 bass part to Diadem
One of several tunes used for the hymn All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name; James Ellor wrote the tune.
169.31 Flying Fortress
The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, a four-engine heavy bomber aircraft developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps.
169.39 Welshman in Henry V
Refers to Fluellen, a comically stereotyped Welsh soldier in Shakespeare's historical play, believed to have been written around 1599.
Act 5, scene 1, of Henry V is the famous leek eating scene, which can be hilarious onstage.
170.4 Ashkenazic Jews
also known as Ashkenazi Jews or Ashkenazim; Jews descended from the medieval Jewish communities along the Rhine in Germany from Alsace in the south to the Rhineland in the north. Ashkenaz is the medieval Hebrew name for this region and thus for Germany. Thus, Ashkenazim or Ashkenazi Jews are literally "German Jews." Later, Jews from Western and Central Europe came to be called "Ashkenaz" because the main centers of Jewish learning were located in Germany.
Basal metabolic rate: the amount of energy expended while at rest in a neutrally temperate environment.
170.13 Vincentesque invaders
According to Weisenburger, this refers to germs which cause trench-mouth, a disease diagnosed by the French doctor Jean Vincent.
The Welsh (also Cymry); Cymru is the name of the country in Welsh
A tune composed by Joseph Parry, often used in hymns; Aberystwyth is a city in Wales.
A traditional English dish made with the shallow-fried leftover vegetables, usually potato and cabbage, from a roast dinner.
British-English slang: playful kissing, tickling, caressing; foreplay
172.29 the white riders
Death. American [Arizonian; some sources say] Folktale. The White Rider[]
173.21 Vat 69
A brand of blended whisky. Wiki.
173.26-27 babies born...also following a Poisson Distribution
births parallel the rockets of death.
173.39 Christmas bugs
Waterbugs... that are "agents of unification". Pynchon likes Christmas and creatures in the 'Low-lands'. These bugs were in History's most famous 'manger'....a tranquil world.
Beyond the Zero
Un Perm' au Casino Herman Goering
In the Zone
279-295, 295-314, 314-329, 329-336, 336-359, 359-371, 371-383, 383-390, 390-392, 392-397, 397-433, 433-447, 448-456, 457-468, 468-472, 473-482, 482-488, 488-491, 492-505, 505-518, 518-525, 525-532, 532-536, 537-548, 549-557, 557-563, 563-566, 567-577, 577-580, 580-591, 591-610, 610-616