The comment box sends this e-text of Sir Thomas Urquhart's venerable translations of Rabelais. I have the selfsame translation of Gargantua and Pantagruel sitting on my shelf above the encyclopedias, along with 53 other "Great Books of the Western World," but it's taking many years to get to them all. I am just finishing the Chaucer (Great Book #22), now past the dry-as-dust Tale of Melibeus and Monk's Tale, and into the Nun's Priest's Tale, which is much more recognizably jolly and Chaucerian and has chickens giving each other laxatives to purge their choler and so on.
Er, Baghdad is going to "pass legislation outlawing the use of weapons of mass destruction." Well, problem solved! Send the inspectors home! I believe this was the French foreign minister's idea. Sure, I'm all for diplomatic solutions, but what the fuck.