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Sunday, April 28,2013
Wise Up!

Education

By David Bruce
Columbine High School is famous today because of the shooting there, but because of 18-year-old senior Ruben Ortega, San Gabriel High School is not famous. On April 20, 1988, he went to school as usual. However, on this day, another student carried an assault rifle to school.
Sunday, April 21,2013
Wise Up!

Authors

By David Bruce
Ramones bass player Dee Dee Ramone was a writer of fiction (he wrote the novel "Chelsea Horror Hotel"), which means that he occasionally wrote fiction when he was supposed to be writing nonfiction – like many, most, or all writers of fiction, Dee Dee didn't mind exaggerating (or lying) in order to make a good story better.
Sunday, April 14,2013
Wise Up!

Money

By David Bruce
Early in his career, George Carlin was funny and made a lot of money from conventional comedy. However, he was unhappy because he wanted to be funny and do comedy that also made a serious point.
Sunday, April 7,2013
Wise Up!

Education

By David Bruce
When Langston Hughes, the famous African-American author, was in the seventh grade in Lawrence, Kan., his teacher created a separate row of desks for her African-American students. Langston protested, shouting that she had created a Jim Crow row of desks.
Sunday, March 31,2013
Wise Up!

Practical jokes

By David Bruce
While attending Syracuse University, Dave Bing roomed with Frank Nicoletti. The two got along very well together, despite being of different races – Mr. Bing is African American, while Mr. Nicoletti is white.
Sunday, March 24,2013
Wise Up!

Mishaps

By David Bruce
In her autobiography, "I'm Not Making This Up, You Know," Anna Russell writes that sometimes during performances she used to wear a gown that had "a big pouffe of tulle at the back of the skirt, making a little train."
Sunday, March 17,2013
Wise Up!

Language

By David Bruce
Frances Alda, a soprano, rehearsed before Arturo Toscanini in preparation to play the title role of Charpentier's "Louise," a role that required her to sing in Italian. Ms. Alda sang the entire role, while Maestro Toscanini listened in silence.
Sunday, March 10,2013
Wise Up!

Death

By David Bruce
David Hart signed up to be a British Marine in 2009. Before he was sent to serve in Afghanistan, he took out a 250,000 life insurance policy in case he died.
Sunday, March 3,2013
Wise Up!

Bathrooms

By David Bruce
Most people are aware of drag queens – men who dress as women. Not so many people are aware of drag kings – women who dress as men. In Tacoma, Wash., in a bar on the waterfront, the Royal Knights, a troupe of drag kings, perform every Saturday.
Sunday, February 24,2013
Wise Up!

Practical Jokes

By David Bruce
When Chamique Holdsclaw played as a first-year athlete for the Tennessee Lady Vols, her first road trip was to Hawaii, where they would play in the Kona Classic. Before they left for the airport, her teammates handed her a yellow broomstick and told her that it was a tradition for a first-year player to carry the "freshman pole" during their first road trip of the season.
 
 
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