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And how was your day, dear?

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Baltimore Patriot, June 7, 1823. This is kind of like a Dostoevskian precursor to that undying exploding toilet legend. I like the half-baked caveat of the headline, "Can This Be True"? Of course it's true, Mr. Skeptical Compositor: You wouldn't be typesetting it if it weren't true.

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Mom gets good tactical points for the ladder trick, but then two demerits for the predictable hostage of her children. Officer gets johnny-on-the-spot points, but loses gallantry points for sending in the help to reconnoiter.
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I'm not sure this officer was giving 110% if he wasn't up to chasing down a hemorrhaging hobo, even as traumatized mom runs all the way to town.
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So under-motivated officer guy has been standing around the blood-spattered cottage the whole time? OK. The body count is high enough anyway.

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