Ever feel like you’re spinning in a hamster wheel? Doing the same thing, the same way at the same time every day? Enough to drive you bonkers, isn’t it? Of course, humanity has come up with myriad ways of varying the diurnal round, such as eating pancakes on Sunday morning instead of the inevitable All Bran.

But what if you had to relive the same Sunday into infinity, and alone? You would miss that familiar face across the breakfast table pretty quickly, wouldn’t you? — even if it had been hidden behind a newspaper for 20 years.

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