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Fat Cats

U.S. President Calvin Coolidge was the son of a minister. He liked to tell the story of how people were intrigued by his thin father riding astride his hefty horse. His father would explain: “I feed the horse. My congregation feeds me.”   It now appears that...

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Love Story

Ostensibly, it is a business story. Mattel came to the decision that, in light of all the complaints, putting Ken together again with Barbie, was wise. The iconic duo has been marketed to children for 43 years, now. The popularity of pose-able Barbie dolls in all her...

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Get a Grip

Le Yati Min was born in Myanmar at the end of 2009 with a condition known as polydactylism, that is, with extra fingers and toes. She has six fingers on each hand and seven toes on each foot. Albeit unusual, it is a physical condition without much of a down-side....

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All in the Family

It was back in the 1960’s that satirist Tom Lehrer wrote about the paradigmatic Oedipus Rex in a song by the same name. It included the lyrics: “Yes he loved his mother like no other, his daughter was sister and his son was his brother.” We all laughed at this...

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Marriot International

At the beginning of February 2011, Marriott International announced that it will no longer feature access to pornographic movies in the rooms of all of its new hotels. And this policy will eventually be implemented in all its current properties. But before...

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What lies behind you and what lies ahead of you pales in comparison to what lies inside you.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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