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It's science, it's magic, it's strange things unknown to science or magic. The reader does not know how Phlebotinum would work and the creators hope he or she doesn't care.
a small electronic device which is taken into shops and links individual customers to advertisements …
the first day of Lent
the act or practice of telling the future using random items such as playing cards
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Definition and synonyms of Phlebotinum from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited.