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We have a winner. From that great e-mail domain AOL.com, a Buzz reader correctly answered the question we posed in the Nov. 18, 2002, issue: What the heck does hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia mean? 'It's the fear of long words,' said our fearless reader, who bravely typed the 36-letter word that even Buzz misspelled in print'we left out the penultimate p, according to www.phobialist.com. Congratulations!

Psst, conspiracy wonks: When you're feeling paranoid but clueless, go to www.cjnetworks.com/~cubsfan/conspiracy.html and automatically generate your own wacko conspiracy theory. News services this month made much of the defrocking of www.AONN.gov, a site that purported to be the federal government's Access One Network Northwest for cyberwarfare, also known as Defense Security Intelligence. The General Services Administration shut down the AONN domain after media inquiries. One conspiracy theorist wrote online that AONN in fact operates 'under a secret Defense Department charter in connection with the Central Intelligence Agency Law Enforcement Group'yes, believe it or not, the CIA has a law enforcement arm even though it is not part of the CIA charter, per se.' Google.com's cache of AONN shows that it claimed to have public affairs and congressional offices and to evaluate 'kinetic weapons'both lethal and nonlethal, psyops, threat reduction methodologies, artificial intelligence and nanotechnologies.' Odd, then, that AONN was in the .gov domain and not .mil. Its voice-mail number is still working, though. Call 206-666-8078 to whisper your grand conspiracy theories. Better yet, tell 'em to [email protected].


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