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If there was ever a man who truly had a way with words, it was Oscar Wilde. Quick, witty, intelligent and sometimes cutting, he has been quoted countless times since his unfortunate death in Paris.

The latest news of this “Dublin playwright” was published the week of the 111th anniversary (Nov. 30, 2011) of his death. Fans will no longer be able to shower his gravestone with kisses. It has been a tradition for over a decade for fans to don his or her favorite shade of red or pink lipstick and (literally) kiss Wilde’s grave.

After its latest renovations, the layers of lipstick graffiti have been scrubbed clean and there is now a “glass enclosure to preclude future visitors from degrading the stone.” The tradition of kissing his grave began after a previous renovation had been done due to “decades of graffiti.” At the time, Wilde’s descendants were able to put somewhat of a stop to the graffiti by having the tombstone listed “a historical monument.”

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Normally in a post about the Forever 27 club, I would try to crack a joke about how it shouldn’t be confused with Forever 21.  However, it saddens me to report that British singer Amy Winehouse was found dead Saturday in her London flat at the age of 27.  Since I’ve already mentioned the number two times, you may be wondering what the significance of 27 is.

Let me explain: in the music industry there seems to be a strange “curse” involving famous musicians that have died at the age of 27.  Members of the 27 club include Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, and, now, Amy Winehouse.  Since so many musicians have died at this age, there are articles, websites, and even books that pay tribute to what has been dubbed the “Forever 27 Club” or the “27 Club” for short.

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