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3 Cheers for DiMaggio
Shortly after her marriage to Joe DiMaggio (in January, 1946), Marilyn Monroe interrupted their honeymoon (with his blessing) to tour American troop installations abroad. "Oh, Joe!" she exclaimed upon her triumphant return. "It was so exciting. The boys were thrilled! You never heard such cheers!" DiMaggio's reply? "Yes, I have."[Notwithstanding this remark, DiMaggio was usually remarkably elegant and reserved. DiMaggio and Monroe were divorced the following year.][In the 1939 All-Star game, DiMaggio—playing for the American League—hit an inconspicuous-looking home run. The homer proved to be more significant four years later, however, when his brother Vince—playing for the National League in the 1943 All-Star game—also hit a boomer, sending both brothers into the record books: As the only siblings ever to ...
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Ben Disraeli and the Temple of Solomon
In 1835, the Irish Roman Catholic leader Daniel O'onnell attacked Benjamin Disraeli in the House of Commons, at one point referring to the future prime minister's Jewish ancestry."Yes, I am a Jew," Disraeli replied, "and when the ancestors of the right honorable gentleman were brutal savages in an unknown island, mine were priests in the temple of Solomon."
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Disraeli's Maiden Speech
When Benjamin Disraeli delivered his maiden speech—a brilliant retort to his old adversary, Daniel O'Connell—before the English House of Commons in December 1837, he was met with roars of derision from O'Connell's supporters and eventually forced down. "Though I sit down now," he said, glaring at his persecutors, "the time will come when you will hear me."
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Pea Soup Sermon
The scholar and educator Frederick Denison Maurice was always careful to distance himself from the various controversies which raged in ecclesiastical circles. Benjamin Jowett was once asked about the subject of one of Maurice's Oxford sermons. "All that I could make out was that today was yesterday," Jowett replied, "and this world the same as the next."[Another critic once likened listening to Maurice to eating pea soup—with a fork.]
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Martin Van Buren - Election Fraud
Martin Van Buren's presidential election campaign in 1840 was bedeviled by problems stemming from president Andrew Jackson's economic policies. Defeated in the election, Van Buren briefly retired to his farm before running again in 1848. Though he was, admittedly, rather unpopular in the southern states, when Van Buren won only nine (yes, 9) popular votes in all of Virginia, his supporters accused the other side of fraud. "Yes, fraud," a Virginian agreed. "And we are still looking for the son-of-a-bitch who voted nine times!"
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Hilaire Belloc - "I am a Catholic..."
Although he knew that his Roman Catholicism would present political problems, Hilaire Belloc confronted religious prejudice and sought election as a British MP in 1906. On the occasion of his first speech (at Salford) the candidate appeared on the rostrum—rosary in hand—and made the following declaration: "I am a Catholic. As far as possible I go to Mass every day. As far as possible I kneel down and tell these beads every day... If you reject me on account of my religion, I shall thank God that he has spared me the indignity of being your representative."[Belloc was elected.]
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Pope John XXIII - advice to an ambitious priest
Pope John XXIII once offered a word of advice to an ambitious young priest who appeared too intent on impressing Vatican dignitaries. "My dear son," he said, "stop worrying so much. You may rest assured that on the day of judgment Jesus is not going to ask you, 'And how did you get along with the Holy Office?'"
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Matt Damon to Laura Bush: "Good Luck"
Shortly after George W. Bush's inauguration in 2001, Matt Damon wished Laura Bush well. "Good luck," he said. "The country," he added after a moment, "would be better off if you were president."
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When Talleyrand Saw His Name On Napoleon's Retribution List
"On Napoleon's escape from Elba [and return to France], Fouche, who had been making overtures to the victorious allies, turned coat with his customary promptitude. During the Hundred Days he was employed in compiling a list of those whom Napoleon intended to punish once he had reestablished his ascendancy."After the battle of Waterloo [which Napoleon, of course, lost], this list was something of an embarrassment to its compiler, particularly when it fell into the hands of Talleyrand, whose name of course was on it. Running his eyes over the list, Talleyrand remarked, 'One must at least do him the justice of acknowledging that he has omitted none of his friends.'"
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Gary Coleman: What The H.e.c.k.?
In May 2000, Gary Coleman announced an unlikely plan to run for the US Senate—against incumbent California Senator Diane Feinstein. His platform? HECK: Homelessness, Education, Crime, and Killers.Among his other major peeves? Scooters. "When I see a grown man with a tie on a scooter," he declared, "I think loser." Coleman hit the streets to collect signatures on petitions in New York and Los Angeles calling for a referendum preventing scooters on city sidewalks. As salon.com's Amy Reiter remarked, "So much for all that 'diff'rent strokes to move the world' stuff."[In 2003, Coleman was campaigning once again, this time in the California gubernatorial election. "Arnold Schwarzenneger's wife, Maria Shriver, announced that after next week's election she will return to work ...