When did Lebanese Christians Start Speaking French?
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
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Try out our new product, brought to you by that most famous of BS vendors, Mr. Taleb, all the way from that most exotic of lands, Wikipediastan! In that far off and unexplored land, this product is known as Mediterranean Lingua Franca, and while it’s a well known story to the rest of the intellectual world, Mr. Taleb’s customers will surely be shocked and surprised by it’s novelty.

Still not impressed? Well, unbeknownst to those not reading this ad, this little bit of commonplace knowledge has been relabelled, repackaged and remarketed to make its vendor appear as the brave and selfless fighter of anonymous IR experts and unnamed Arab-narrateur IYIs, who inhabit the dark lands of not-Taleb-land, where they stand perfectly still, never letting out even so much as a whisper, until a rustle of leaves and a gust of wind shakes their straw-stuffed bodies and sends their feathered friends to flight (now don’t you worry, we’ll be offering their droppings for your consuming pleasure soon enough).

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