The newspaper in Vevay, Indiana, publishes two editions that are exactly
identical except for their names - and the fact that one (The
Switzerland Democrat) is read by Democrats and the other (The Vevay
Reveille-Enterprise) is read by Republicans. The editor, Patrick
Lanman, says that subscribers to The Reveille-Enterprise actually call
to complain if they get a Democrat by mistake, and if the drugstore is
out of Democrats, people will go to another store, rather than simply
picking up a Reveille-Enterprise.
Source: New York Times, 2001/01/31, "Indiana Considers Synchronizing Its Watches".
Novel Military Tactics
Jakarta, Indonesia. Also earlier on Friday, rock-throwing and scuffles
broke out after 5,000 pro-Habibie supporters confronted an equal
number of anti-government student protesters who have been occupying
Parliament for most of the week. To cool tempers, the Indonesian
military employed a tactic not found in most military manuals -- about
100 of them marched in-between the two sides and began to sing and
dance. Stacking their assault weapons to the side, the soldiers
announced they were going to sing an old Javanese song called
``Goodbye My Love'' and urged the students to join in. As their
comrades clapped and sang along, 20 soldiers wearing camouflage and
bayonets high-stepped and strutted with a precision rivaling hip hop
Source: New York Times, 1998/05/22
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Oliver Wendell Holmes, the great Supreme Court Justice, in his last
years (he lived to be ninety-four), was walking down Pennsylvania
Avenue with a friend, when a pretty girl passed. As all dirty old men
must, especially when the dignity of the Supreme Court is at stake,
Holmes turned to look after her. Having done so, he sighed and said
to his friend, "Ah, George, what wouldn't I give to be seventy-five
From Isaac Asimov, "The Sensuous Dirty Old Man" (1971).
On Friday, senior Russian officials flew to an ice camp several dozen
miles east of the pole to inaugurate a new polar drifting ice
station that would be home to several scientists for the coming year.
Source: Andrew C. Revkin, "At the Bustling North Pole, Life Is a
Merry-Go-Round", New York Times, 2003/04/27.
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