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Chapel of the
Chapel of the Transfiguration in Grand Teton National Park, Flickr photo by Tim Lumley (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)
Chapel of the Transfiguration in Grand Teton National Park, Flickr photo by Tim Lumley (CC BY-SA 2.0)
One day in 1978, President Jimmy Carter attended a service at the Chapel of the Transfiguration, a small Episcopal log chapel in Grand Teton National Park, beneath the towering Tetons near Jackson, Wyoming. (The chapel was sited and built to frame a view of the Cathedral Group of peaks in a large window behind the altar.) Following a long-standing tradition, worshipers were asked to introduce themselves. When his turn arrived, Carter rose and remarked, "I'm Jimmy Carter from Plains, Georgia, but I'm living for a while in Washington, D.C."
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Michael Jordan, former basketball star and majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, at the National Basketball Association's board of governors meeting in New York, April 17, 2014. Credit: DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen (Public domain)

Michael Jordan, former basketball star and majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, at the National Basketball Association's board of governors ...(more)

Michael Jordan, whose career stats—6,672 rebounds, 5,633 assists, and 32,292 total points—rank him among the greatest NBA players of all time, was once asked about his success. "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
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Albert Einstein - Caricature by DonkeyHotey via Flickr (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)
Albert Einstein - Caricature by DonkeyHotey via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)
French writer Paul Valery once asked Albert Einstein if he kept a notebook to record his ideas. Einstein regarded the poet with mild but genuine surprise. "Oh, that's not necessary," he replied. "It's so seldom I have one."
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The set of the Watergate saga All the President's Men, starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Woodward and Bernstein, in Chevy Chase, Maryland attracted a host of celebrity-hunters. One night an elderly woman, gazing around for a famous face, approached a man to ask if all the stars had gone home. "Yes, ma'am," he replied. "I guess all the stars have left." It was Dustin Hoffman.
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BBC World Questions - Hungary <a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>(CC BY-SA 3.0)</a>
BBC World Questions - Hungary (CC BY-SA 3.0)
The BBC World Service was founded in 1932, intended for English speakers around the British Empire. That year, in his first ever Christmas message, King George V explained the station's remit. But John Reith, the BBC's founder, warned listeners to keep their expectations low. "The programmes," he said, "will neither be very interesting nor very good."
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Avempace (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/>CC0</a>)
Avempace (CC0)
The Muslim governor of Saragossa was so delighted by the poet Avempace's verses that he promised the young scholar that he would soon walk on gold in his presence. Avempace, fearful that the governor would regret his extravagant vow and seek retribution, hatched an ingenious solution: He simply sewed small pieces of gold into each of his shoes, thereby ensuring that the governor's oath could be kept at no expense to himself.
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Portrait of Jean Jules Jusserand in 1903. Unknown author (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/>CC0</a>)
Portrait of Jean Jules Jusserand in 1903. Unknown author (CC0)
One day during his tenure as France's ambassador to Washington, Jean Jules Jusserand—wearing an afternoon suit, top hat, and kid gloves—joined president Theodore Roosevelt and his entourage for a casual stroll. Roosevelt, however, outfitted in a rough tweed suit and rugged boots, soon turned the event into a virtual marathon, bounding off cross-country, leavnng his weary companions sruggling to keep up. When the party encountered a stream which was too wide to jump and too deep to ford, Roosevelt insisted that they swim across. "We'd better strip," he added, "so as not to wet our things in the creek." His French honor at stake, the urbane Jusserand dutifully removed his suit and hat. And his gloves? "With your permission, ...
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Rod Stewart in 1972, photo by Allan Warren <a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>(CC BY-SA 3.0)</a>
Rod Stewart in 1972, photo by Allan Warren (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Despite his immense success, Rod Stewart never forgot his upbringing in a North London terrace. Neither did his mum. One day at the peak of his fame, Stewart asked his mother what she wanted for Christmas. After thinking "for a bloody month," he later recalled, "she said she couldn't decide between a new bread bin or a bottle of Charlie perfume."
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A wax Diana at Madame Tussauds in London, flickr photo by Patrick Frauchiger <a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>(CC BY-SA 3.0)</a>
A wax Diana at Madame Tussauds in London, flickr photo by Patrick Frauchiger (CC BY-SA 3.0)
While visiting Tadworth Court hospital in Surrey, England one day, Princess Diana was asked by one of the patients, 15-year-old Justian Miles, if she would like to try answering a question from the popular board game Trivial Pursuit. Diana's answer came as something of a surprise. "No thanks," she said. "I'm as thick as a plank." "William and Harry had lots of games for Christmas," she added. "I spent most of the time reading the instructions and found them a lot harder than the games themselves." [The question Miles was going to ask? "What two English players made Pole's list of the all-time Top 50 international soccer stars?" The answer? Bobby Moore and Bobby Charlton.]
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Josh Duhamel in 2017, flickr photo by Daniel Benavides <a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>(CC BY-SA 3.0)</a>
Josh Duhamel in 2017, flickr photo by Daniel Benavides (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Josh Duhamel. "I got invited to the premiere of Babel, and my mom was in town, so she was going to go with me. But she couldn't make it, so I got all dressed up to go alone. I drove up, and there were all these cameras, so I just kept driving. It's not that I'm afraid... but unless I'm supposed to be there, I don't like to go."