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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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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...

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...

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...

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...

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    Early in her career, Joan Molinsky was advised by her agent to change her name. Joan agreed, borrowed the agent's name, and embarked upon her career -- as Joan Rivers.
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    Trent Reznor and his Nine Inch Nails bandmates often drank vast quantities of tequila before their shows. "The idea was to become as f---ed up as possible and see if we could get through the show," he recalled. "I have vomited onstage. The good thing a...
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    "The lady with all the answers," Ann Landers's wrote in her column when her own marriage ended in divorce, "does not know the answer to this one."Though she called the marriage "one of the world's best," she promptly kicked her husband out of the house...
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    Mark Twain once proposed a "Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling": For example, in Year 1 that useless letter "c" would be dropped to be replased either by "k" or "s," and likewise "x" would no longer be part of the alphabet.The only kase in wh...
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    The band's name, which comes from a comic-book character on "The Simpsons," was suggested by an audience member at one of Fall Out Boy's first shows, after bassist Pete Wentz asked the crowd what the group should be called.
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    Student Jack Kirby drank 4,000 cans of lager and used the empties to build a car. The life-size model 1965 Ford Mustang was finished [in July 2007] after a three-year effort, reports the Daily Mirror. Design student Jack, 23, downed a Budweiser four-pa...
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