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23 skidoo) is an American slang phrase popularized during the early twentieth century, first attested before World War I and becoming popular during the 1920s. It generally refers to leaving quickly, being forced to leave quickly by someone else, or taking advantage of a propitious opportunity to leave, that is, "getting [out] while the getting's good." The exact origin of the phrase is uncertain.

23 skidoo has been described as "perhaps the first truly national fad expression and one of the most popular fad expressions to appear in the U.S," to the extent that "Pennants and arm-bands at shore resorts, parks, and county fairs bore either or the word 'Skiddoo'."

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Abdul Alhazred

The semi-legendary Abdul Alhazred allegedly wrote the infamous "Al Azif ca. 750 in Damascus. Aside from this singular (if dubious) achievement, little else about Alhazred seems undisputed, and some even claim that he and his book are both mythic. What we do know about him largely derives from the small amount of biographical information in Al Azif itself. His birth appears to have occurred in Sana'a in the Yemen, and he traveled widely from Alexandria to the Punjab, learning many languages and studying many odd old books. (He boasts often of his ability to read and translate ancient manuscripts that remained inscrutable to lesser scholars.)

Basically, the doctrine of Al Azif holds that entities far greater than mankind once roamed this earth and still remain present and potent "not in the spaces we know but between them," because "Past, present, future: all are one in Yog Sothoth." (Such intimations of modern physics are common in Alhazred.) Alliances with Yog Sothoth or similar stellar entities, who have charming titles such as Cthulhu, Azathoth, Nyarlathotop, and He Who Is Not to Be Named, Alhazred alleges, produce wonderful results—"starry wisdom" in the words of one of his admirers; critics claim that these cosmic mind-melds usually culminate in madness, violent death, or even worse. Much worse.

Alhazred's own demise, as reported by contemporaries, seems incredible and probably derives from legend and folklore, since he allegedly came apart in bloody fragments, as if devoured by an invisible monster, in the marketplace of Damascus.

Al Azif, translated by Olaus Wormius into Latin under the title "Necronomicon," had a long and colorful history and increasingly influences modern occultism and conspiriology, no small feat for a book some claim never really existed. 

Al Azif

Usually called "the book of the Mad Arab," Al Azif was allegedly composed by Abdul Alhazred in the eighth century and contains the most astounding metaphysics ever presented to humanity, urging us to worship or at least form alliances with interstellar beings of ill repute. This book is better known under the title of its Latin translation, Necronomicon, and Robert M. Price has argued that the familiar label—or libel—used by most modern commentators on Alhazred, "the Mad Arab," misses the point: In classic Arabic, "madman," "poet," and "prophet" all had much the same meanings.

The title Al Azif means roughly the "book of buzzings," but this means more than English-speaking readers realize, since azif signified the kind of buzzing or humming heard in the desert at night when the djinn are allegedly active. Similar buzzing/humming noises frequently accompany modern UFO sightings.

See also-: Charles Fort, H.P. Lovecraft