A twelve-year-old steals his parents’ credit card and gets on a plane to Bali.
“To cross a great river,” advises a third-century Chinese alchemical text, you should smear a mixture of mercury, carp gall, and dragon grease on the bottoms of your feet. “When you walk on the water, you will not sink.”
A fool and water will go the way they are diverted.—Ethiopian proverb
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