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Mid-Riff Crisis

"rift laid bare..."-- from the title of this news item

Not to be read, as I first did, as "midriff laid bare," which would only lead one to wonder what Britney Spears is doing yet again at NER, after her celebrated previous appearance as the head of the "What-Our-Generation-Needs Foundation," recommending some feelgood book on Islam.

Such misreading is an inherited illness. In Florence, in 1966, my father saw a sign for the "Medici Galleries" and read it as "Medical Allergies." There is no known cure.