"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

One argument endorsing the change [women's right to drive in Saudi Arabia] is that women drove donkeys in Koranic times, with a television cleric noting in recent days that handling a donkey was actually harder than driving a vehicle.

[Driving: Neil MacFarquhar, NY Times]

Posted by stronzo on 05.24.2011

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ANSA reported that Mr. Berlusconi, in Warsaw, said that anyone who dared criticize the candidates “should be ashamed of themselves.” He added that he did not want anyone “smelly or badly dressed" running for the European Parliament, like the candidates “of some other parties.”

[Berlusconi: Rachel Donadio, NY Times]

Posted by stronzo on 05.14.2009

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"A night owl, Ms. Argerich claims that she learned Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 by osmosis, while sleeping during the day in the same room where her roommate practiced."

[osmosis: Vivien Schweitzer, NY Times]

Posted by Daniel on 08.03.2008

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"Target panic, as the condition is known, causes crack shots to suddenly lose control of their bows and their composure. Mysteriously, sufferers start releasing the bow the instant they see the target, sabotaging any chance of a gold-medal shot. Others freeze up and cannot release at all ... sufferers might actually have a problem called focal dystonia, a common affliction of musicians caused when the neurons that guide a particular movement -- be it aiming a bow or sinking a putt -- become worn from overuse."

[target panic: Katie Thomas, NY Times]

Posted by Daniel on 08.01.2008

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"Mr. Khodorkovsky became eligible for parole in October 2007 after serving half his eight-year sentence, but lawyers said at the time that several infractions of prison rules — including hoarding “unauthorized” lemons in his cell — had prevented his early release."

[Incarcerated Russian Billionaires: MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ, NY Times]

Posted by stronzo on 07.17.2008

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