By Jamie Buchan

ISBN-10: 1843173557

ISBN-13: 9781843173557

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Tufnel demonstrates a special Marshall amplifier with an extra volume setting, in case he needs to go ‘one louder’. The phrase ‘up to eleven’ has come to refer simply to taking things to slightly absurd extremes, and real amplifiers with volume dials going ‘up to 11’ have been produced. 12 MONKEYS A superbly innovative science fiction/mystery film, directed by former Monty Python member, Terry Gilliam, in 1995, 12 Monkeys stars Bruce Willis as an inmate of a dystopian prison in a post-apocalyptic future, who is sent back in time (with the aid of an unusually imperfect time-travel process) to stop the disaster.

That same day, the ship sank, killing Clark and all the passengers. Burroughs was ruminating on this news that evening when he heard a report on the radio of a plane crash in Florida. The plane was Flight 23, piloted by a Captain Clark. 61 It’s not funny … Wilson and the Illuminatus! trilogy are strongly linked to Discordianism, a postmodern ‘joke’ religion*2, which celebrates confusion and chaos and claims to worship Eris, the ancient Greek goddess of discord. The 23 Enigma seems intended as a joke about the self-fulfilling nature of numerology and the ease with which human pattern recognition can be fooled.

This form of advance fee fraud is known as a 419 scam, after Section 419 of the Nigerian penal code, which concerns confidence tricks of this type (in much the same way as 187s, see here). In recent years the poor English and obvious lies in the emails have made them a source of humour, and Nigerian email scams are now so widespread that many legitimate emails from Nigerian businesses are filtered out by overzealous software. Known as ‘yahoo boys’ in Nigeria, 419 scammers are young men who spend hours in Internet cafés, trawling for Western email addresses and paying off any police who might take an interest.

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