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  •  OT -- Heinlein Rocks! (none)
    So do Mike, the Professor, Man and Wyoh
    •  Yeah, heard from Heinlein (none)
      ...but R.A.H. didn't actually coin the term "TANSTAAFL." It was a common acronym in engineering schools back then. And that was Heinlein's education.

      His books are probably the only place you'll find it these days, though.

      For those who don't know:

      TANSTAAFL: There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.

      [-7.13, -8.41 http://www.politicalcompass.org/]

      by evilpenguin on Fri Nov 11, 2005 at 12:41:29 PM PST

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      •  I have always hated this acronym (none)
        ...because it was used ad nauseum on yard signs, bumper stickers, buttons, etc. for paleo-wingnut Steve Symms when I was a callow youth in Idaho.

        Incidentally, it wasn't until just now, when I looked up the Wikipedia link above, that I discovered Symms' role in smearing Kitty Dukakis at the behest of Lee Atwater. What a pig.

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