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Too smart to lead Liberals

'Pity Marc Garneau. We said we wanted a serious intellectual promoting serious policy ideas. He was brilliant enough to fit the role perfectly. And naïve enough to think we actually meant it'

-- National Post columnist Johathan Kay, after Marc Garneau quit the Liberal leadership race and threw his support behind Justin Trudeau.

Swimming with sharks

'If I hadn't gone in to save the kids on that beach that day my wife and I would still have a job'

-- Paul Marshallsea, fired from his job in Wales after being caught on video grabbing a shark and pulling it away from children playing on a beach in Australia. He was on stress leave at the time and claims his doctor advised him to take the trip.

Test drive from hell

'You're an idiot. I'm going to kill you... Stop, stop, stop, oh God Almighty'

-- Car salesman pranked by NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, who took him on the test drive of his life for a Pepsi MAX commercial.

Who knew?

'Men who more strongly endorsed benevolently sexist attitudes toward women, who more strongly objectified women, and who were more hostile toward women, idealized a large female breast size'

-- Researchers Viren Swami and Martin Tovée on their study into the roots of sexism published in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour

Bottoms up

'We have found a habitable environment that is so benign and supportive of life that probably if this water was around and you had been on the planet, you would have been able to drink it'

-- John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology, after the Curiosity rover found firm evidence that Mars once contained many of the key ingredients needed for life to thrive.

Chretien raps Canada's rep

'It turned out to be very important for the independence of Canada. It is a decision that the people of Muslim faith and Arab culture have appreciated very much from Canada, and it was the right decision'

-- Jean Chretien on his decision as Prime Minister in 2003 not to support the U.S. attack on Iraq. He added he believes Canada has lost international stature in recent years.

Leave a message? How rude

'Really, who sends an e-mail or text message that just says "Thank you"? Who leaves a voice mail message when you don't answer, rather than texting you? Who asks for a fact easily found on Google? Don't these people realize that they're wasting your time?'

-- Nick Bilton, in a New York Times rant about digital-age etiquette.

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 16, 2013 J14

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