rm -Rf * media/npr/stories/6270823
Damnit. What I'd like to know is how the * got to the front of the line. Exactly WHAT keystroke, which I apparently hit instead of /, does my shell interpret as "go back to the beginning of this word".
Fortunately, I have a backup.
Unfortunately, it's from 1 October.
I'm.. just not going to even bother recreating the stuff that's missing right now. I'll do it when I build the myth box.