Gordian knot

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any very difficult problem

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an intricate knot tied by Gordius, the king of Phrygia, and cut by the sword of Alexander the Great after he heard that whoever undid it would become ruler of Asia

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Gordius robustus Leidy 1851 occurs throughout North America, including Mexico (Chandler, 1985; Camerano, 1915) and Hawaii (Montgomery, 1898a; Heinze, 1934).
Seasonal occurrence and observations on the life history of Gordius difficilis (Nematomorpha: Gordioidea) from Southeastern Wisconsin, USA.
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Before founding Gordius Consulting, he led the international arbitration practice at a privately held, global consulting firm.
The Greek myth of King Gordius held that whoever could untie his knot, tied between a pole and the yoke of an ox cart, would rule all of Asia.
In addition, Bolek and Coggins (2002) removed three Gordius difficilis from the intestines of two green frogs (Rana clamitans), but they did not indicate whether they thought that the worms were preyed upon directly or had been present initially in other invertebrates consumed by the frogs.
1999) identified horsehair worms from several sites in Wisconsin and Minnesota as Gordius robustus, the only species in the genus previously reported from the Midwest (Chandler 1985, Watermolen and Haen 1994), on the basis of the presence in males of a bibbed posterior and a post-cloacal crescent.
Before joining Protiviti, Wilson was also a co-founder of Gordius Consulting and a managing director with Alvarez & Marsal.
However, Gordius wasn't as generous as it might seem, as the knot was actually impossible to untie: It was made from a piece of rope whose two ends had been spliced together (arguably a good analogy to the outsourcing model in place today).
However, in Oklahoma, the only species of horsehair worms previously reported from the state is Gordius robustus Leidy (Stillwater, Payne County; Montgomery, 1907).
Which makes me wonder what Gordius Prudencius Brownius is planning for tomorrow's third and final debate in Birmingham, epicentre of the .