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Sunday, December 16,2012
Wise Up!

Music

By David Bruce
On the WWW is the "Bikini Kill Archive" in which fans of Kathleen Hanna's riot grrrl group Bikini Kill are invited to do this: "Please add your Bikini Kill story to this blog! It can be totally off the top of your head and doesn't need to be fancy. Maybe it's your reaction to a song we wrote, something weird that happened at one of our shows, a personal anecdote or just WHATEVER. Feel free to send images too!"
Sunday, December 9,2012
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Mishaps

Dec. 10, 2012

By David Bruce
• At the Chicago Herald-Examiner, John J. "Jack" McPhaul once worked with a female reporter who was dedicated to meeting deadlines. Once, they were working together on a mur
Sunday, December 2,2012
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Dancers

By David Bruce
A society woman once made the mistake of announcing that Anna Pavlova would dance at one of her affairs. Afterward, she asked Ms. Pavlova how much she would charge for a dance, and she was shocked when Ms. Pavlova said the price would be 500.
Sunday, November 25,2012
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Food

By David Bruce
Ralph Nader's mother used to give her children chickpeas as a snack, and she used to scrap the sugary frosting off of birthday cakes before giving them a piece. In addition, because she didn't know what hot dogs were made of, she never fed her kids hot dogs.
Sunday, November 18,2012
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Advertising

By David Bruce
In many ways, Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was a lucky man. In the 1920s, he created a cartoon for the humor magazine Judge. The cartoon showed a knight in armor lying in bed while a ferocious dragon hovered above him.
Sunday, November 11,2012
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Language

By David Bruce
Bob Newhart is known for his comic delivery, which is deadpan, frequently slow, and occasionally stuttering. Once, a director tried to make him speed up his delivery, but Mr. Newhart told him, "This stutter built me a house in Bel-Air.
Sunday, November 4,2012
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Mothers

By David Bruce
Terry Colangelo had been told that a good reporter knew what was going on and so he or she needed to read lots of newspapers thoroughly. She followed this advice, and she read this in the classifieds ad section of a newspaper: "$5,000 Reward for killers of Officer Lundy on Dec. 9, 1932."
Sunday, October 28,2012
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George W. Bush

By David Bruce
The last time Erik Henrikson, critic for The Portland Mercury, thought that MAD Magazine was funny was when he was 12 years old — that is, until George W. Bush, whose incompetence was a boon to all satirists, became president of the United States.
Sunday, October 21,2012
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Wise Up

By David Bruce
In response to a series of suicides by gay youths who were victims of anti-gay bullying, many people, famous and non-famous, posted videos on YouTube that bore the message "It Will Get Better." Among these people was President Barack Obama.
Sunday, October 14,2012
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Wise Up

Frank Rodney, a British theatrical romantic lead in the late 19th century, was very attached to a dirty tweed cap and an old coat. This upset actress Constance Benson, so she warned him that if he ever again appeared in public wearing those articles of clothing, she would fix them so that not even he would wear them.
 
 
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