"...annointed with oil on troubled waters? oh Heavenly Grid,
     help us bear up thy *Standard, our *Chevron flashing
     bright across the *Gulf of Compromise, standing
     *Humble on the *Rich Field of *Mobile *American Thinking?
     Here in this *Shell, we call Life..."

    which has 8(*) oil-company references in it. In HEMLOCK STONES there was also Pignut Oil (not PIG NITE), and Boyle M. Owl and his Bowel Oil Company.



  • OM MANE PADME HUM; An ancient (Sanskrit) buddhist mantra. Referred to in NICK DANGER. The phrase "Om mane padme hum" translates from Sanskrit as "Hail to the jewel in the lotus". Related to the chant "Namu Myoho Renge Kyo", used in some Japanese buddhist sects."Myoho Renge Kyo" is the title of the Lotus Sutra, tranlated into Chinese by Kumarajiva and then transliterated into Japanese. Loosely translated, "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo" becomes "Hail to the Mystic Law(jewel) of the Lotus Sutra"


Open, Open, Open:

  • How the Mayor opens his Window (with his mind). [Boom Dot Bust]



  •  David Ossman, one of the FT members



  •  A real place on the California coast, home of the YOLK. ROCKY ROCOCO is thought to be responsible for everything bad that happens there. (In the FT video, "The case of the missing YOLK").



  •  The land of BOZOS. Refers to Radio Free Oz, on Pacifica-sponsored KPFK radio in Los Angeles, where the FT used to broadcast their show. David OSSMAN is also referred to sometimes as Oz.