> One has to laugh or cry. As best I could, I factored out my opinion of 
> all this into a separate file:
> http://github.com/candlerb/string19/raw/47b0cba0a2047eca0612b4e24a540f011cf2cac3/soapbox.rb

re: string1 + string2 + string3 actually working without fear...

One thing that might help would be to set the default encoding, then all 
three strings would (might ?) have the same encoding (?)

-rp

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