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Leuzinger High School
Leuzinger High School is a public high school (9th through 12th grades) in Lawndale, California. It opened on January 27, 1931, with an enrollment of 268. It was named after Adolph Leuzinger in recognition of his 25 years of service on the Board of Trustees of the Inglewood Union High School District. The school is in the Centinela Valley Union High School District. As Leuzinger's first senior class graduated while the 1932 Summer Olympics were hosted in and around nearby Los Angeles, the school's mascot became the "Olympians". From WIKI
statues of the Buddha
The Buddhas of Bamiwam were two 6th century statues of standing buddha carved into the side of a cliff that were destroyed in 2001. Wikipedia
if the Buddha's in your way . . . it's OK to kill him?
A famous koan attributed to Zen Master Linji: "If you meet the Buddha, kill him."
Wahhabism is an ultra-conservative branch of Sunni Islam (though some people dispute that a Wahhabi is a Sunni). It is a religious movement among fundamentalist Islamic believers, with an aspiration to return to the earliest fundamental Islamic sources of the Quran and Hadith, with inspiration from the teachings of Medieval theologian Ibn Taymiyyah and early jurist Ahmad ibn Hanbal. From WIKI.
The Brady Bunch
When someone once asked Pynchon's sister, "What's your brother likely to be doing right now?", she reportedly said "Watching The Brady Bunch." Source The episode where Jan gets a wig is titled "The New Jan Brady." It's also discussed on Inherent Vice Wiki (page 310):
- "What kind of wig?"
- "Brunette, I think. She gets tired of being a blonde?"
- "Tell me about that. Still not the same as changing your politics, I guess."
Here's the clip...
Disrespect and The Contaminator
Other superheroes invented by Pynchon include Fatal Four in Gravity's Rainbow... any others?
krav maga... kidon
a martial art developed in Israel. Kidon is the name of an alleged secret department within Israel's Mossad. Wikipedia
what Bob Barker might call 'right'
Bob Barker used to host a TV game show called The Price is Right.
Venture Capitalist. Someone who has money to support new companies or projects.