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I'm not a forgotten philosophy

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I'm born of scholars' toil long

Forsaken, no longer germane

My time has come, my time has gone

Anon it is coming again

My words now few will understand

They're twisted obscuring the truth

And so they spread throughout the land

Discernment requiring a sleuth

In downward spiral, chaos calls

Destroying the orderly life

Until the ruler finally falls

Thus bringing and end to this strife

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This riddle intrigues me...another awsm one!!! :thumbsup:

a theory...??? Or maybe Carrolus linnaeus' Binomial nomenclature...???

Yeah zoology madness...;)

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An innovation.

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Handwriting. Skywriting! Radio signals.

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Nah, I tend to stick with pretty tangible stuff as my riddle topics. Intangible answers just seem to me too "mushy" and unsatisfying. And while handwriting is often involved, it's not itself the answer to the riddle. I'm holding out hope that this one will still be a head-slapper after 5+ pages of posts, but in the meantime here's...

correctly interpreting one of the clues is easier if you're familiar with the schoolyard song that goes "glory glory hallelujah / teacher hit me with a ruler"

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doodling in class notebook

learning cursive

spirograph

punishment-writing on blackboard

a baby's arm holding an apple : )

mechanical click pen

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Propaganda? a revolution or rebellion?

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Notes

1) Scholar/researchers notebook/musical notes have time come and gone and come again

2) Notes passed in class on twisted bits of paper, notes too brief for others to understand

3) Notes passed in class can result in "teacher hit me with a ruler"

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A gun...

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some kind of game or activity - Scrabble, a maze, wordsearch

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Guesses are getting warmer all around. I don't think it'll need any more hinting, the clues from the riddle itself should be enough to identify the object from this setting.

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Desert Eagle

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I think that this would fit well:

Either Communism or Marxism. This is applicable to the Occupy Wall Street and new global movement against the few.

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superstition

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If it's the head-slapper I'm thinking of, Shakee nailed it in

Only he's Sneekeepudn.
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Neither communism nor superstition, I wouldn't make the real answer be something too close to what I say I'm not in the title. There are also a few clues that would not be obviously fit by a gun.

Shakee's guesses were definitely down the right path, and the closest so far was the one about passing notes in class, but there's just a little bit more needed to nail it.

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New guesses:

Is it like the game telephone or how rumours spread?

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a scroll?

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Love letter? Or passing love notes in class?

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A scroll... passing notes... both are so close and yet not quite it. A scroll would fit everything except perhaps leaving the last two lines without a clear explanation. And while passing notes is occasionally an aspect of the answer, passed notes are generally on something that's still germane, while what I have in mind is usually not by the time its time has come again.

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a mnemonic device on a crib sheet?

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short hand? (i.e. stenography)

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Not bad guesses, but I've got a different thing in mind with twisted words (generally no longer germane) that will travel in a downward spiral throughout the land until the ruler falls on the perpetrator(s).

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Plagiarized Assignment completions

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to stop making paper airplanes in class!

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:duh: Wow, MoMa's answer seems so obvious now...
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