JONAH AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY SOBER WEEKEND

 Her mother takes down my email and phone number, and she asks if I would be available to give them a tour of the school when they drop by some time in April.

     “Sure thing,” I tell them. “When do you think you’re gonna swing by?”

    Her mother tells me they’ll drive down from Dartmouth on Sunday, April 20th to see the school. I paused a moment before responding.

 

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WIKI WORMHOLE

wiki wormhole |ˈwikē| |ˈwərmˌhōl|

noun

When an insignificant curiosity starts on Wikipedia and becomes an involved series of following links within wiki pages to other pages, until you can no longer remember where you even began. Hence, the wiki-wormhole effect.

I don’t know when I first heard about Wikipedia wormholes (or wiki-wormholes as they’re called on Urban Dictionary). This inability to recall where I heard about them seems fitting, like the idea was born spontaneously within me. And once I possessed the knowledge of their existence, I could not remember a time when I did not about them. Before beginning this, I thought momentarily about searching for “Wikipedia wormhole” on Wikipedia, but I thought I might break the internet. The goal was to get lost but not irreparably so.

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