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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
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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
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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.
Sunday, February 17,2013
Wise Up!

Mothers

By David Bruce
The son of Chinese mother Chen Yurong had life-threatening liver problems, and he needed a liver transplant. She decided to give him part of her own liver.
Sunday, February 10,2013
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Children

In 2008, brothers Drew and John Erick Dowdle had a hit with the horror movie "Quarantine." They consciously modeled their careers on filmmaking brothers Joel and Ethan Cohen, with one brother studying moviemaking and the other brother studying business.
Sunday, February 3,2013
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Police

By David Bruce
As a kid growing up in Nebraska, Dick Cavett occasionally got into trouble with his friends. One evening, he and three friends were throwing pebbles on people's porches and then running away when the porch lights came on.
Sunday, January 27,2013
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Etiquette

By David Bruce
Theatrical director Tyrone Guthrie once made a mistake in directing an actress in "Henry VIII." Diana Wynyard was playing Queen Katherine, and Mr. Guthrie told her that she was saying a line wrong and to look it up. Later, they were rehearsing the scene again, and Ms. Wynyard said the line the same way she had said it previously. Once again, Mr. Guthrie told her that she was saying the line wrong and to look it up.
Monday, January 21,2013
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Problem solving

By David Bruce
A man had problems, so he went to a bridge and thought about jumping into the water and committing suicide. A hideous old woman saw him and asked him why he was so sad. The man said, "I have problems.
Sunday, January 13,2013
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Children

By David Bruce
In October 2004 in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, 8-year-old Nathan Watson saved the life of Charlie, his 2-year-old sister. The children's mother, Margaret-Anne, explained, "I was feeding my 4-week-old girl, and Nathan was doing his homework. Charlie was wanting him to go upstairs and play. She was shouting to him, as they are always playing together. I said, 'Go and see her.'"
 
 
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