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I've gone through this document, but it's for iCal 3.0, Lion has 5.0+.

Here's what it looks like, I'm not sure if it's a bolt or a tilde:

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Hovering over it gives you no information about it, and it disappears shortly after creating the event...

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It means iCal is having difficulty sync-ing with iCloud, or google Calendar. Or some other calendar services that you have.

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It means it from a calendar online and you're not currently connected.

It's the same icon as in Mail for an unconnected account.

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