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Sunday, August 4,2013
Wise Up!

Animals

By David Bruce
When Hurricane Katrina bore down on New Orleans on August 29, 2005, many pets had to be abandoned. Two of them were a young dog with a bobbed tail and a cat without a tail.
Sunday, July 28,2013
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Education

By David Bruce
According to legend, the monks who had studied at the Shaolin Temple had a unique graduation ceremony. They were sent to the temple's maze of underground passageways and had to find their way out by passing many tests.
Sunday, July 21,2013
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Names

By David Bruce
Gummo Marx was in show business with the famous Marx Brothers before they started making movies, but he left show business to go into manufacturing women's clothing. When Bobby, his son, returned from his first day of kindergarten, Gummo asked what the kids had done.
Sunday, July 14,2013
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Children

By David Bruce
Before becoming famous as a songwriter and singer, Suzanne Vega worked at a small typesetting company as a receptionist and office administrator. Because she was worried about making enough money as a musician to live on, and because she sometimes suffered from stage fright, occasionally she would threaten her band:
Sunday, July 7,2013
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Practical Jokes

By David Bruce
One of the most notable pranks ever pulled off by MIT students occurred in early 2006 when the students borrowed without permission the Caltech cannon and took it on a cross-country trek from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Sunday, June 30,2013
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Children

By David Bruce
 Eva Castellanoz is a master of making coronas, which consist in part of flowers made from tissue paper and dipped in wax. She remembers her time as a child as very happy because of her parents, both of whom had Native American blood.
Sunday, June 23,2013
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Scientists

By David Bruce
Noble Prize winner Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac (1902-1984) wrote the very first paper on quantum mechanics. A later Nobel Prize winner, Richard Feynman, who had followed in his footsteps, sometimes joked about all the attention paid to him, "I don't know what all the fuss is about – Dirac did it all before me."
Sunday, June 16,2013
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Critics

By David Bruce
Carl Sandburg reviewed books and lectures early in his career and movies late in his career. Occasionally, he gave anonymous reviews – sometimes of his own work! Walt Whitman also did this; when his "Leaves of Grass" appeared, he gave it a rave, unsigned review.
Sunday, June 9,2013
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Mishaps

By David Bruce
Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine have performed all over the world. In El Salvador, civil war wracked the country, and three bodyguards with Uzi submarine guns protected Ms. Estefan.
Sunday, June 2,2013
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Education

By David Bruce
African-American bandleader Cab Calloway was a leader, and he taught his musicians a lot. One thing that he taught them is the importance of punctuality. He would say, "I gotta be here – you better be here." He also fired a trombone player, Claude Jones, because of a lack of punctuality.
 
 
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