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• Lesbian humorist Garbo once shared an apartment with two gay men, who were very open about their sexuality. Sometimes, one of Garbo’s straight friends would come over unannounced, and Garbo would remove a newspaper from the couch only to find gay porn under the newspaper. Once, the landlor…

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For many years, The Athens NEWS ran the feature, “Wise Up!,” in every Monday issue. The author, now retired OU English instructor David Bruce, occasionally submits a special Christmas edition of WiseUp! Which follows...

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Editor’s note: This is a special Christmas edition of “WiseUp!”, a column that ran in The Athens NEWS for many years. Thanks, David!

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• Mark Evanier, a blogger at newsfromme.com, ate frequently at the Farmers Market in Los Angeles. One day near Christmas, as a group of four young people were strolling around and singing carols, he noticed Mel Tormé, aka the Velvet Fog, sitting at a table eating an English muffin, drinking …

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• A woman was walking down a street when a man working on a roof began to catcall her. She told him to stop, but he escalated the catcalling. She then knocked his ladder over and walked away, leaving him stranded on the roof. Fighting harassment is a good deed.

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• This is Wise Up! column number 1,000!

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• In December 2013, Redditor goulaWhat learned that her Secret Santa was billionaire Bill Gates, who overnighted her a seven-pound package. The first thing that goulaWhat saw when she opened the package was a stuffed animal: a cow. She wrote, “I thought Bill sounded like a friendly fellow. I…

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• The statue of Abraham Lincoln inside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. depicts Lincoln sitting. That is the result of a conscious decision made by the sculptor Daniel Chester French. The statue is inside a building created by architect Henry Bacon, and the building resembles the Par…

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• Jane Seymour is best known for starring in TV’s “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” a series that fell to her by luck – bad luck. She was going through a divorce with a man who she says both cheated on her and messed up her finances in a major way. She points out, “I lost everything – I lost my h…

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• An appearance on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson could lead to fame and fortune and great success, and so of course many guests were understandably nervous before their first appearance on the TV program. The first time that movie critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel appeared on “The …

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• In November of 1778, John Henderson (1747-1785) was playing Falstaff in Shakespeare’s “Henry IV, Part 1.” The previous Wednesday, a nobleman had died in a duel over a quarrel about gambling, shocking the society of Bath. Mr. Henderson spoke Falstaff’s lines, “What is honor? A word. What is…

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• Two abilities led to Corey Glover becoming the singer of funk-metal band Living Colour: the ability to sing “Happy Birthday” and the ability to show up for a gig. Mr. Glover attended a friend’s birthday party, which Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid also attended. Requested to sing “Happ…

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• Mark Twain retained his sense of humor in his old age. When his wife, Livy, worried that his spending lots of time in bed reading and writing might sap his strength, she had their daughter Clara read him a biographical passage about the poet William Cullen Bryant, who at age 80 was still t…