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Saturday, January 20, 2007

A story that is at least partially true:

In 1989 the US invaded Panama in order to capture Manuel Noriega. Noriega took refuge in a Vatican diplomatic mission in Panama City. The mission refused to give him up, but finally crumbled under intense pressure from US troops. Among the methods the US used was to blare loud music at the Vatican night and day. What songs did they play? I haven't been able to find any definite answer on this, but several sources say one song was "Panama" by Van Halen, which, if you think about it, makes sense.

It also clears up a question I've been pondering since 1999. On an episode of the Drew Carey Show, Drew is in a dispute with his company and refuses to leave his house. The company hires Mimi to get Drew out, and she blasts the house with Van Halen's "Panama" day and night until he gives in. Now I get it.

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