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The Little Fayoumis is watching TV right now. Advertisements came on. He went and got a drink, then sat back down to wait for his show. I was emptying the pencil sharpener, and was overhearing rather than listening.

It was an advertisement for some Cinderella-themed movie, with a smooth male voice-over talking about how a girl had discovered she was a princess -- and then the girl's voice: "Shut up!", in the "You have got to be kidding me!" tone.

Suddenly, silence.

"I've heard enough bad words in commercials!" said the Little Fayoumis, sitting there with the remote. He has evidently learned about the mute button.

Hee. Hooray for good taste.
Gone away, gone ahead,
Echoes roll unanswered.
Empty, open, dusty, dead.
Why have all the Weyrfolk fled?

Where have dragons gone together
Leaving weyrs to wind and weather,
Setting herdbeasts free of tether;
Gone, our safeguards, gone, but whither?

Have they flown to some new weyr
Where cruel Threads some others fear?
Are they worlds away from here?
Why, oh why the empty weyr?

-- "The Question Song", Anne McCaffrey
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