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Have a character who’s going to get arrested in downtown New York?  Check out the Yelp.com review page for Manhattan Central Booking.  (Yelpers will review absolutely anything, apparently.)

Remember Mary Ingalls, who went blind from scarlet fever in On The Shores of Silver LakeWell, it probably wasn’t scarlet fever.

Also — those Norse runes? Turns out a lot of them are also written in code.  And a lot of those coded messages turn out to say things like “kiss me” and “interpret these runes” . . . any day now, they’re going to find one that says, “for a good time, call Gudrun Osvifsdottir.”

And speaking of codes, the mysterious Voynich Manuscript may have been decoded at last — not by cryptanalysts, but by botanists.