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black hole

black hole: n. What a piece of email or netnews has fallen into if
   it disappears mysteriously between its origin and destination sites
   (that is, without returning a bounce message).  "I think
   there's a black hole at foovax!" conveys suspicion that site
   foovax has been dropping a lot of stuff on the floor lately
   (see drop on the floor).  The implied metaphor of email as
   interstellar travel is interesting in itself.  Compare bit