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* MysticalCityPlanning: It's implied that The Pentagon is built that way because of the occult significance of the shape, and that it's housing some sort of EldritchAbomination.


* TheSeventies: Let's just say that the ''Illuminatus!'' trilogy is very much of its time, although this isn't necessarily [[TropesAreNotBad a bad thing]].

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* TheSeventies: Let's just say that the ''Illuminatus!'' trilogy is very much of its time, although this isn't necessarily [[TropesAreNotBad [[Administrivia/TropesAreTools a bad thing]].


** Cecil Rhodes [[spoiler: coined the expression "Kick out the jams!"]], which later became [[HistoricalInJoke the basis for the title of MC5's classic punk song.]]

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** Cecil Rhodes [[spoiler: coined the expression "Kick out the jams!"]], which later became [[HistoricalInJoke the basis for the title of the MC5's classic punk song.]]


* PunnyName: too many to count, including Fission Chips, Marov Chaney, Saul Goodman and the Saure siblings (named after the German word for "Acid", which is also the S in LSD)

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* PunnyName: too many to count, including Fission Chips, Marov Markov Chaney, Saul Goodman and the Saure siblings (named after the German word for "Acid", which is also the S in LSD)

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* WorldOfMysteries: The main storyline ''does'' get resolved, but there are lots of side plotlines which are either completely unresolved or provide contradictory answers regarding "who's behind what" and "who works for whom" (such as Mama Sutra's story about the Cult of the Yellow Sign).

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* SewerGator: There is a passing mention of the Illuminati going to some effort to suppress the Sewer Gators under Manhattan, as left unchecked, they might promote more courage among the ignorant masses than the Illuminati would like.

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* PunnyName: too many to count, including Fission Chips, Marov Chaney, Saul Goodman and the Saure siblings (named after the German word for "Acid", which is also the S in LSD)


* SealedEvilInACan: Yog-Sothoth is imprisoned inside [[spoiler:UsefulNotes/ThePentagon]], where he's kept dormant by [[spoiler: sacrificing unto him the souls of all the Americans who die in auto accidents every year.]] It gets released near the end.

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** To be fair, he does read books on these topics that he picks up right after taking the drug. The idea seems to be that the drug increases mental openness, creative thinking, and absorption of new information to superhuman levels. Essentially, after taking the drug, his mind can piece together all this information from just skimming through the books where other minds would take months or even years studying the respective concepts. The trope kind of still applies though.
* SealedEvilInACan: Yog-Sothoth is imprisoned inside [[spoiler:UsefulNotes/ThePentagon]], where he's kept dormant by [[spoiler: sacrificing unto him the souls of all the Americans who die in auto car accidents every year.]] It gets released near the end.


-->The error of most alleged libertarians — especially the followers(!) of the {{egregious}} Creator/AynRand — is to assume that all property(1) is property(2). The distinction can be made by any IQ above 70 and is absurdly simple. The test is to ask, of any title of ownership you are asked to accept or which you ask others to accept, ‘Would this be honored in a free society of rationalists, or does it require the armed might of a State to force people to honor it?’ If it be the former, it is property(2) and represents liberty; if it be the latter, it is property(1) and represents theft.

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-->The error of most alleged libertarians — especially the followers(!) of the {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} Creator/AynRand — is to assume that all property(1) is property(2). The distinction can be made by any IQ above 70 and is absurdly simple. The test is to ask, of any title of ownership you are asked to accept or which you ask others to accept, ‘Would this be honored in a free society of rationalists, or does it require the armed might of a State to force people to honor it?’ If it be the former, it is property(2) and represents liberty; if it be the latter, it is property(1) and represents theft.


Also known for inspiring early-90s electronic dance musicians, TheKLF, AKA The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu. Both names are references to the books.

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Also known for inspiring early-90s electronic dance musicians, TheKLF, Music/TheKLF, AKA The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu. Both names are references to the books.


** There's also Timothy Leary, Adam Weishaupt, John Dillinger, [UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Adolf Hitler]], George Washington, Dutch Schultz...

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** There's also Timothy Leary, Adam Weishaupt, John Dillinger, [UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Adolf Hitler]], George Washington, Dutch Schultz...


* DeconstructiveParody: Of [[ConspiracyTheories Conspiracy Theories]], [[TheSixties 1960s hippie culture]], and even ''the book itself''. See [[SelfDeprecation Self Deprecation]].

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* DeconstructiveParody: Of [[ConspiracyTheories Conspiracy Theories]], UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories, [[TheSixties 1960s hippie culture]], and even ''the book itself''. See [[SelfDeprecation Self Deprecation]].SelfDeprecation.


-->The error of most alleged libertarians — especially the followers(!) of the {{egregious}} AynRand — is to assume that all property(1) is property(2). The distinction can be made by any IQ above 70 and is absurdly simple. The test is to ask, of any title of ownership you are asked to accept or which you ask others to accept, ‘Would this be honored in a free society of rationalists, or does it require the armed might of a State to force people to honor it?’ If it be the former, it is property(2) and represents liberty; if it be the latter, it is property(1) and represents theft.

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-->The error of most alleged libertarians — especially the followers(!) of the {{egregious}} AynRand Creator/AynRand — is to assume that all property(1) is property(2). The distinction can be made by any IQ above 70 and is absurdly simple. The test is to ask, of any title of ownership you are asked to accept or which you ask others to accept, ‘Would this be honored in a free society of rationalists, or does it require the armed might of a State to force people to honor it?’ If it be the former, it is property(2) and represents liberty; if it be the latter, it is property(1) and represents theft.

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* PopCultureSymbology: Being a postmodern novel, it contains lots of this. For instance, Bugs Bunny is revealed to be a symbol of Lovecraft's shoggoths, and "You Wascal Wabbit" was the password of Illuminati agents in Hollywood.


* SealedEvilInACan: Yog-Sothoth is imprisoned inside [[spoiler:ThePentagon]], where he's kept dormant by [[spoiler: sacrificing unto him the souls of all the Americans who die in auto accidents every year.]] It gets released near the end.

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* SealedEvilInACan: Yog-Sothoth is imprisoned inside [[spoiler:ThePentagon]], [[spoiler:UsefulNotes/ThePentagon]], where he's kept dormant by [[spoiler: sacrificing unto him the souls of all the Americans who die in auto accidents every year.]] It gets released near the end.

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