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07 September 2008

I said it before...

... and I'll say it again: Baltimore is the syphilis capital of the universe. I mean, how else can you explain the fact that this story ...

“So, Philadelphians, let’s hop in our cars, drive down I-95 and appropriate a body from a certain Baltimore cemetery,” Mr. Pettit wrote in an article for the [newspaper I used to work at] in October. “I’ll bring the shovel.”



... still has legs. Well, it apparently does. Very big ones, too. New York Times-y ones...

So far, no one has taken up Mr. Pettit’s call for Philadelphia’s best grave robbers to bring home the city’s prodigal son before the bicentennial of Poe’s birth in January 2009. But the ghoulish argument between the cities over the body and legacy of the master of the macabre has continued in blogs and newspapers, and on Jan. 13 Mr. Pettit is to square off with an opponent from Baltimore to settle the matter in a debate at the Philadelphia Free Library.


Which leaves me nothing to say but -- bring it on, syphilis capital of the universe.

(Photo of a typical Baltimorean)

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