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What is a genie?

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October 17, 2010 7:30AM

A mythical minor demon or evil spirit, usually forced to live in

a container or lamp. Anyone who rubs it, releases them. Usually,

you are given three wishes as a reward--- but the genie will do its

best to make each one go horribly wrong, while still following the

word (not the spirit) of what was wished for. Ask to be immortal...

the genie might see to it that you are trapped in a cave, forever,

with no food or water. That sort of thing. The story of Alladin and

his lamp (well, in this version, a magic ring) turned out OK, but

only because in some stories the human outwits the genie.

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