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Despite today's frenetic new cycle, one thing remains constant: anticipation for Sunday's series finale of Lost, the long-running sci-fi thriller about survivors of a plane crash on a mysterious island. To celebrate (or mourn), the Atlantic is running a Lost Twitter contest: summarize the perpetually baffling series in 140 characters or less (complete with a #lost140 hashtag) and win a subscription to the Atlantic. Of course, other things happened in the Twitterverse today, but we've included a few relevant #lost140 tweets among today's picks.

Patrick Gavin readies himself for a Sunday evening of wonder and confusion:

I'll settle for Darma beer / "@thekitchn: Smoke monster popcorn! For the LOST finale this Sunday:"less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

Dave Weigel remains master of Twitter humor:

My god, the Sarah Palin interviews on Fox are so soft you can use them for throw pillows. than a minute ago via TweetDeck

Nick Baumann gets our attention:

You still can't marry your gay lover, but you can sexually assault an animal in these states (Map): than a minute ago via TweetDeck

Brian Beutler takes a jab at Constitutional originalists:

If white and black were meant to mix, the Constitution would be just a big gray rectangle. Something to think about. #tcotless than a minute ago via TweetDeck

Joseph Weisenthal salvages the day's most serious story from tempest of the Internet:

BREAKING: ARREST WARRANT FOR LINDSAY LOHANless than a minute ago via TweetDeck

Jake Tapper shows us that, even for politicians and journalists, Twitter need not be the venue of the news-obsessed:

RT @sesamestreet Grover: DO NOT CLICK THIS LINK!!! There is a MONSTER at the end of it!!!! than a minute ago via web

Twitter users Blueskyfox explains the impossibly confusing "Lost" for non-fans:

#Lost140 GILLIGAN'S ISLAND on acid?less than a minute ago via web

This tweet could easily apply to congressional interns rather than survivors of Oceanic 815:

I'm asking a question. I'm not answering it but instead I'm sending you on a long walk to do something odd for an unnamed purpose. #lost140less than a minute ago via web

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