I've turned off quick links for everybody, as I'm more and more certain that it's strategic combinations of old-time, non-forum-marking-read people hitting the index page that's causing our mysql to end up stacking up.
FYI/FWIW, I haven't seen any of the oddities since you made that change. Seems like a reasonable theory to me! Thanks.
We crossed the big 15M milestone tonight at 22:31:59 PST. In line with our new demographics, the hit belongs to a Canadian using Yahoo! search to find "dead+wwe+stars," leading them over here (The W). Geez, THAT'S a little morbid.