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Quotes: Qurac
Englishman: In my country women are never locked up.
Central Asian: What a marvel. And how can you trust them with so much temptation? They are poor creatures and easily led. But if one of them is unfaithful to her husband, what does he do?
Englishman: He goes to our Mullah whom we call a judge and obtains a divorce and marries someone else.
Central Asian: ''"What! You mean he does not cut the woman's throat?
Englishman: No; he would be hanged himself if he did.
Central Asian: What a country! We manage things better in Khiva.
—Frederick Burnaby, A ride to Khiva.

In case you didn't notice, Carbombya is a (very) thinly veiled dig at the real-world nation of Libya, whose militants were the Terrorist Boogeymen du jour in the 1980s. It's about as creative as naming a fictional country 'Attackistan' or 'Terrorahn' would be these days."

"The plot deals with a conflict in a Middle East country that tactfully goes unnamed, undoubtedly because the state of that region fluctuates so much that it could be a waterslide park by the time this comes out."

"And then, one fateful day (Oct. 8), a runaway asteroid, believed by scientists to be nearly twice the diameter of the late Orson Welles, slammed into the Earth and killed the dinosaurs, who by sheer bad luck all happened to be standing right where it landed. The massive impact turned the dinosaurs, via a process called photosynthesis, into oil; this oil was then gradually covered with a layer of sand, which in turn was gradually covered by a layer of people who hate each other, and thus the Middle East was formed."
Dave Barry, "We're Just a Few Dinosaurs Short of a Full Tank"

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