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    After a year at the University of Michigan, Michael Moore started working on a General Motors assembly line (like his father) in Flint, Michigan. He did not stay long. Michael called in sick on his very first day and never went back. Why did Michael at...
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    "Peanuts" creator Charles M. Schulz's comic vision was inspired by a childhood punctuated by a series of misfortunes and failures. One day the future cartoonist went to see a movie at a theater which had promised chocolate bars to the first 1...
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an·ec·dote Click to hear the pronunciation [an-ik-doht]
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1. A short account of an interesting or humorous incident.
2. pl. an·ec·dotes or an·ec·do·ta: Secret or hitherto undivulged particulars of history or biography.

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Charles M. Schulz: Good Grief!

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"Peanuts" creator Charles M. Schulz's comic vision was inspired by a childhood punctuated by a series of misfortunes and failures. One day the future cartoonist went to see a movie at a theater which had promised chocolate bars to the first 1...

George Clooney: Clooney's Vault

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In 2003, George Clooney bought a home on lovely Lake Como in Italy. Among the contents left by the previous owner was an empty thousand-pound safe marked "Explosives." One day, Clooney arrived home and was astonished to find that burglars had attempted...

Jessica Simpson: Pants Off

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"I'm really clumsy, so I trip and fall a lot," Jessica Simpson once confessed. "And every time I perform in New York my pants split onstage. That's happened four or five times. Every time, I pull on my mom's jeans as fast as I can, so there we are, sta...

Niels Bohr: Barometer Question

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During a physics exam one day, young Niels Bohr was asked to "describe how to determine the height of a skyscraper with a barometer." "You tie a long piece of string to the neck of the barometer," he replied, "and lower the barometer from the roof of ...

Richard Branson meets Sir James Goldsmith

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Virgin Records' founder Richard Branson was once invited to an exclusive party at the luxurious home of billionaire merchant banker Sir James Goldsmith. While admiring Goldsmith's beautiful pool, Branson -- on a whim -- crept up behind his host and pus...

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    During an NFL broadcast in December 2003, ESPN's Sport Center host Suzy Kolber asked Joe Namath about the struggling New York Jets, and got an unexpected response. Namath's reply? "I want to kiss you."[Namath later admitted that he was struggling with ...
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    During an appearance on "Live with Regis and Kelly" one day, Jessica Simpson found herself discussing weddings. Kelly Ripa mentioned that she had been married in Las Vegas. Jessica's response? "Oh... Were you pregnant?"
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