Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

07 May 2001, 2:26 a.m.

Got your nose!

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2001 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

The game in Russian today was "Find the Nose." The history grad student cut a picture of a nose out of a magazine. Someone left the room, the other students hid the nose somewhere, the seeker came back in, and the other students gave the seeker clues so's s/he could find it. Very droll.

Poll on the moral of Gogol's short story, "The Nose."

Poll: The moral of the story is:

  • Sometimes, you just have to live without a nose.
  • Russian bureaucrats are uptight and unhelpful.
  • Look in your bread before you eat it.
  • Noses are people too.
  • "Such strange things do happen; rarely, but they do."

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