Chapter 25

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do you know how to post video material on your Weblog?
YouTube is not invented until 2005

Puerto Rican

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that Watergate movie
All the President's Men (1976). It's about Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward investigating the Watergate scandal for The Washington Post.

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They emerge into the open, high up near a catwalk...suitable for teen adventures, clandestine lovers, well-heeled wrongdoers on the run, and take this vertiginous crossover...
Once again, there's no telling if Pynchon had Hitchcock's Vertigo in mind when he wrote "Bleeding Edge," but it sure is easy to get the two works into a casual conversation.

I've got their album
Is she talking about the band Men at Work?

It's quite possible. The lines that provoke Maxine's comment are: "Look sharp," March ducking behind a vent. "Some gents with metal accessories."

Or, just the fact that to Maxine it looks more like a band setting up to play on the roof than it does the Stingers they saw in the video.

Or, she just means the DVD they just watched.

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introduced piranhas into the Doctor's swimming pool
fwiw, if the pool was chlorinated, the fish would die pretty quickly. There are chlorine-free pool disinfectant systems, but I don't know if they were around then.

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Yozhik v Tumane
Real short film. YouTube. More info at Wiki where you can learn, among other things, that the title means "hedgehog in the fog."

Russian подъёбка = a "trick" or "practical joke." It's a mild obscenity, however (the word is derived from the root -ёб = fuck) so it's perhaps more in the spirit to translate it as "dicking around."

what Flintstones call page right out of history
Lyrics to the theme song of the cartoon The Flintstones:

Flintstones. Meet the Flintstones.

They're the modern stone age family.
From the town of Bedrock,
They're a page right out of history.

Chapter 1
pp. 1-7
Chapter 2
pp. 8-19
Chapter 3
pp. 20-29
Chapter 4
pp. 30-40
Chapter 5
pp. 41-52
Chapter 6
pp. 53-67
Chapter 7
pp. 68-79
Chapter 8
pp. 80-86
Chapter 9
pp. 87-95
Chapter 10
pp. 96-111
Chapter 11
pp. 112-120
Chapter 12
pp. 121-133
Chapter 13
pp. 134-144
Chapter 14
pp. 145-159
Chapter 15
pp. 160-171
Chapter 16
pp. 172-184
Chapter 17
pp. 185-197
Chapter 18
pp. 198-210
Chapter 19
pp. 211-218
Chapter 20
pp. 219-229
Chapter 21
pp. 230-238
Chapter 22
pp. 239-246
Chapter 23
pp. 247-255
Chapter 24
pp. 256-264
Chapter 25
pp. 265-273
Chapter 26
pp. 274-287
Chapter 27
pp. 288-300
Chapter 28
pp. 301-313
Chapter 29
pp. 314-326
Chapter 30
pp. 327-337
Chapter 31
pp. 338-346
Chapter 32
pp. 347-353
Chapter 33
pp. 354-364
Chapter 34
pp. 365-382
Chapter 35
pp. 383-394
Chapter 36
pp. 395-407
Chapter 37
pp. 408-422
Chapter 38
pp. 423-438
Chapter 39
pp. 439-447
Chapter 40
pp. 448-462
Chapter 41
pp. 463-477
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