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Sunday, March 30,2014
Wise Up!

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
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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?"
Sunday, February 23,2014
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Comedians

In 2009, British comedian Eddie Izzard ran approximately 1,100 miles across Great Britain to raise 200,000 for the charity Sport Relief, which brings together people from the sport and the entertainment worlds to raise money to help vulnerable people.
Sunday, February 16,2014
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Shakespeare

By David Bruce
Director Max Reinhardt (1873-1943) was serious about his Shakespeare productions. In 1933, he created a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for the Oxford University Dramatic Society.
Sunday, February 9,2014
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Clothing

By David Bruce
As a student at the School of American Ballet, Merrill Ashley was able to buy at a low price toe shoes that had been rejected by members of the New York City Ballet. She purchased a pair of toe shoes that had been rejected by Allegra Kent, who had small, narrow feet like Merrill's.
Sunday, February 2,2014
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Music

By David Bruce
Some people turn out to be much nicer than you expect. Jarvis Cocker's car once broke down, and some very young teenagers driving a very nice car stopped. Cocker said, "These kids came up in a posh car. They were only about 15, so I didn't think it was theirs.
Sunday, January 26,2014
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Books

By David Bruce
James Joyce's "Ulysses" - according to Random House the best novel of the 20th century - was almost never published. Portions of "Ulysses" were published in the Little Review, but the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice filed charges of obscenity against its publishers, Margaret Anderson and Jane Heap, who were subsequently convicted and forbidden to publish any more excerpts of "Ulysses" in their magazine.
 
 
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