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Sunday, May 4,2014
Wise Up!

Education

By David Bruce
The boys in Sister Margaret Anne's fiftth-grade class at the Catholic school got into trouble one day when one of the girl students reported to the principal that the boys were using swear words on the playground.
Sunday, April 27,2014
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Alcohol

By David Bruce
• In the 1908 Olympic Games in London, Italian Dorando Pietri appeared to win the gold medal in the marathon, despite being near collapse at the end of the race.
Sunday, April 20,2014
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Names

By David Bruce
William R. Brody, president of the Johns Hopkins University, tells a story about two students attending Columbia University. One student was Sandy Greenberg, who discovered that he was suffering from glaucoma.
Sunday, April 13,2014
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Comedians

By David Bruce
Comedian Fred Allen spent years entertaining people in vaudeville, and as you would expect, he had many stories to tell.
Sunday, April 6,2014
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Money

By 2010, Lady Gaga had made a lot of money. So what is the best thing that she spent money on? She says, "I bought my parents a car." The car was a black Rolls-Royce. Lady Gaga says, "My dad's very Italian, so I wanted to get him a real Godfather car."
Sunday, March 30,2014
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Practical Jokes

By David Bruce
In 2000, Kevyn Aucoin did the make-up for Hilary Swank at the Academy Awards; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Boys "Don't Cry." (The previous year, he did the make-up for Gwyneth Paltrow at the Academy Awards; she won the Best Actress Oscar for "Shakespeare in Love.") Actually, the production company of "Boys Don't Cry" could not afford Mr. Aucoin's very expensive thousands-of-dollars fee, but in "Boys Don't Cry," Ms. Swank played a transgendered teen.
Sunday, March 23,2014
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Food

By David Bruce
When movie critic Roger Ebert was a boy, he took his first train trip alone on the Panama Limited train back in the days when trains had dining cars with heavy pewter dishes that would not tip over.
Sunday, March 16,2014
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Scientists

In 1988, Leon M. Lederman, Melvin Schwartz, and Jack Steinberger won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on neutrinos. Since that time, Dr. Lederman has taught many courses, and at least twice – once in Chicago and once in New York City – he has sat at a table on a sidewalk and answered questions about physics from members of the general public.
Sunday, March 9,2014
Wise Up!

Work

By David Bruce
When Sarah Caldwell began working at Tanglewood, a music venue in Massachusetts, she worked very hard because she was afraid that she might be fired (and because she always worked hard).
Sunday, March 2,2014
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Names

By David Bruce
Being famous under a pseudonym can lead to problems. Eric Blair, aka George Orwell, once learned that Ernest Hemingway was staying in a room at the same hotel he was staying at. He knocked on Hemingway's door and introduced himself as Eric Blair, and Hemingway asked what he wanted. Blair then reintroduced himself as George Orwell, and Hemingway said, "Why didn't you say so?"
 
 
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