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Minutiæ Apologies

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1867

Gen­tle peo­ple of the Minu­tiæ read­er­ship:

We are pub­lish­ing this open let­ter to address the awful acci­dent that took place at our Arkansas print­ing press facil­i­ty this past Spring­time. Many immi­grants failed to remain alive through­out the ordeal. It is impos­si­ble to know how so many gears could be spun in so many wild­ly dif­fer­ent direc­tions, yet spun they did.

Now, before we rush to judge­ment (and I can­not stress this enough) DO NOT BLAME THE GEARS. Gears are what has made this Unit­ed Amer­i­can coun­try so great. Not only the gears that pow­er our steamed eng­y­ned trains, but the gears of our clocks and the gears of our exper­i­men­tal mechan­i­cal ser­vants. Not only the gears of indus­try, but the gears of com­merce and a new seg­re­ga­tion based on the only val­ue that mat­ters: social class.

Were we with­out gears, the Irish or Scot­tish, at a moment’s notice, could blunt­ly fall our beau­ti­ful nation. With­out gears, might the peo­ple of south­ern con­ti­nents force us into a root­bark-based econ­o­my. Let us bless our­selves, the fall­en immi­grants, and the mighty teethed wheels that pow­er this grand col­lec­tion of states we call home. God blessed thy.

1917

Dear Vic­to­ri­ous Amer­i­can Read­ers: At our con­vert­ed Ham­burg Print­ing­haus recent­ly, faulty ven­ti­la­tion caused the death of thir­ty eight of our dirty-fin­ger-nailed Jer­ry employ­ees, and, I guess, we must address this.

First­ly, we must say that only the tiny hands of moth­er­less chil­dren can mash pulp prop­er­ly. Only that pulp, formed into paper, will hold the eco­nom­i­cal Turk­ish ink that we use to print Minu­ti­ae. We all make sac­ri­fices to bring impor­tant news and report­ing to the world. For instance, our edi­tors log long hours hold­ing their hands behind their backs, slow­ly nod­ding while peer­ing out through win­dows over­look­ing the print­ing shoppe floors. Our lay­out­men spend days on end shuf­fling around wood­en bits of let­ters, wear­ing cum­ber­some leather aprons, gog­gles and gloves. There­fore, remem­ber, it is not only the moth­er­less chil­dren who sub­mit them­selves to ser­vic­ing the greater good. As you read this I grow tired from leaf­ing through the many con­tract pages required to have a his­toric river­front man­sion burned and con­vert­ed into a world class brawl­ing stage.

In this pub­licly-report­ed-upon instance, the pulp­ing of paper occurred on a par­tic­u­lar­ly chill­ing Win­ter day. To amass sav­ings to pass along to you, the read­er, we use the heat gen­er­at­ed by the pulp­ing process to warm our paper pro­cess­ing plants. If any heat escapes, then we lose those sav­ings and must raise the price of our pub­lished mate­ri­als. Wouldn’t you agree, dear read­er, that it is in the best inter­ests to keep vents closed and the fume-ed heat held with­in? Exact­ly.

Again, we can only blame the vents for not being able to sep­a­rate fumes from heat and we have tasked our Minu­tiæ Sci­ence Lab­o­ra­to­ry (once they are done draw­ing up plans for a world-class brawl­ing stage) with cre­at­ing such a vent. Until then, pulp­ing will con­tin­ue with tiny and even more moth­er­less chil­dren. Think of thy sav­ings!

2011

It recent­ly came to light that con­di­tions in our off shore Kore­an print­ing facil­i­ty were less than humane. Jol­ly whistle­blow­ers, under­cov­er blog­gers and biased union­iz­ers uncov­ered the facil­i­ties that our con­tract work­ers were pro­duc­ing Minu­tiæ (and the all new Minu­tiæ Day Beds) under. These reports cite sev­er­al griev­ances includ­ing ele­va­tors that tipped over, leak­ing light bulbs and a gen­er­al lack of suit­able floor­ing. And, of course, we were aston­ished that such hor­ri­fi­cies saw the light of day.

We blame the one man who we entrust­ed with the health and safe­ty of our Kore­an con­tract work­ers. This man we only knew as ë¡  울프 아이 (The Lone Wolf Eye) and he dis­ap­peared short­ly after the ter­ri­fy­ing con­di­tions were report­ed in the media.  While there were sev­er­al red flags that should’ve indi­cat­ed his untrust­wor­thi­ness (his con­stant light­ing match­es off his cobra skin boots, his lean­ing back in chairs and look­ing at the ceil­ing to dis­miss con­cerns, and his fre­quent inquiries to if we enjoyed “salty tastes”), we were being urged by stock hold­ers (many of whom are no longer Amer­i­can cit­i­zens) to sign the agree­ment for him to look over our Kore­an print­ing facil­i­ty.

We want to make it clear that Minu­tiæ prides itself on appear­ing to hold our­selves to the high­est of work­ing con­di­tions. From our pub­lish­ing team’s Cold Stone Cream­ery gift cards down to the Minu­tiæ mea­sur­ing tapes giv­en in lieu of hol­i­day par­ties, Minu­tiæ has stat­ed we are com­mit­ted to a high stan­dard and we will con­tin­ue to state that we are com­mit­ted to such a high stan­dard. If any­one sees ë¡  울프 아이 in a South­ern state, please tell him to get in touch with us as we are still eager­ly await­ing the arrival of the first ship­ment of Minu­tiæ Day Beds.