The resident faculty left a disturbing photo outside the mail room this morning. The staff hope we haven’t made them that angry…. (More)

“I got their laundry sorted and into the washer,” the Professor of Astrology Janitor said, looking at the photo left by the resident faculty when they made their way from the wine cellar library, where they spent the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”), to the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference.

“Maybe that’s not why they’re angry,” Chef said as she brought out the decoder ring.

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The Squirrel tapped at his Blewberry. “I don’t think they’re angry at all.”

“The guy in that photo looks angry,” the Professor of Astrology Janitor said.

Chef nodded. “He sure does. He’s shouting.”

“I think he was probably an actor,” the Squirrel texted, “pretending to shout.”

“Ooh,” the Professor of Astrology Janitor said, “like Tim Curry line in Clue:”

Wadsworth: [shouting] That’s what we’re trying to find out! We’re trying to find out *who* killed him, and *where*, and with *what*!

Professor Plum: There’s no need to shout!

Wadsworth: [shouting louder] I’m not shouting!

[Guests stare at him pointedly]

Wadsworth: [shouting] All right, I am! I’m shouting, I’m shouting, I’m shout…

[candlestick falls from above and hits him on the head]

“Iz dat owr Perfess Prefess owr Plum?” Pootie the Precious texted on her iHazPhone.

“Our Professor Plum is named for the Clue character,” Chef explained, “as is our Ms. Scarlet. But they weren’t in that movie.”

“Ohh,” Pootie the Precious texted. “Datz 2 bad. Dey wud be gud aktorz.”

The Squirrel nodded and tapped at his Blewberry. “Yes, they would be good actors. But that movie came out 30 years ago. Our Professor Plum was only in elementary school, and our Ms. Scarlet wasn’t born yet.”

“The point is,” Chef said, “the guy in that photo is shouting. And the resident faculty left that photo for this week’s clue. So what are they shouting about?”

“They’re not shouting,” the Squirrel texted. “But this week they plan to talk about people who are … angry voters and candidates who are appealing to voters’ anger.”

Pootie the Precious looked up at the shelf and pawed her iHazPhone. “Mebbe we shud put da kandelstix away?”



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