Category Archives: lies

The Syndicate


The Syndicate is a slavish imitation of The Hardy Boys, with the following exceptions:

  • Frank is a brain in a vat. His only means of physical agency is via a colony of robotic bats.
  • Joe is dead. He (or some entity pretending to be him) speaks via voices in Frank’s head and (occasionally) via Skype.
  • Aunt Gertrude is an amoral mercenary.

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Audible Plants

Jon Johannsen, author of Audible Landscaping, has a backyard greenhouse full of audible plants, including:

  • Slow-Horn, Darlingtonia Pneumonica, with lung-like structures that inhale at night and exhale during the day.
  • Northern Guan, Pinguicula Calama, whose noxious squeal drove it close to extinction before it caught on with hobbyists.
  • Kjamantchi, Genlisea Cithara, whose long strands sing in the wind.

Image CC-BY-NC by Michael White