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My smartphone is a Magic 8 Ball. It knows the answers to everything, especially now, with so much uncertainty. I just need to ask.

I shake and shake my Magic 8 Ball until the right answer appears. Don’t count on it. Shake again. My reply is no. Shake again. My sources say no. Shake again. Outlook not good. Shake again. Very doubtful. Shake again. Reply hazy. Shake again.

Then, behold – the right answer appears. Finally. It is certain. And curiously, mysteriously, I shake again. I want more right answers. It is decidedly so. Yes. Shake again.You may rely on it. Shake again. More. I need more right answers. I shake again. Until, heartbreakingly, inevitably, wrong answers return. Very doubtful. Shake again. Shake again. Shake again. Ask again later. No, not later. I shake again now.


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