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A Rotten reaction

'Hey, hey, hey. MISSUS. SHUT UP. Whoever you are, shut up. Now LISTEN, when a MAN is talking, do not interrupt'

-- Johnny Rotten (a.k.a Lydon), during a talk-show interview to promote his tour of Australia, when the female TV host tried to interrupt one of his rants to ask a question.

Do your jobs or else...

'We encourage you to act fast. If we were able to locate these boys within 2 hours, it will not be long before someone else finds them'

-- Hackivist organization Anonymous, telling Nova Scotia RCMP it better act fast to charge four young suspects in the gang rape of Rehtaeh Parsons, who committed suicide after the assault or it would release their names.

How do you really feel?

'That is a lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak. And I mean that, because you lied on your licence to beat up women. That's disgusting. You should be embarrassed for yourself'

-- Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight Matt Mitrione, after learning Fallon Fox was a transgender fighter who had gender reassignment surgery in 2006. He has been suspended for his remarks.

Easier to blame the genes

'Looking at a criminal's environment is hard. If you say Lanza was a loner, he watched too much television and Hollywood culture is far too violent, then it spreads the responsibility, it makes us all feel uneasy. It's far easier to say it's all about the genes'

-- Kathleen Taylor, a neuroscientist at Oxford University, reacting to news that scientists at the University of Connecticut were studying the DNA of Sandy Hook Elementary School killer Adam Lanza.

Don't put gift camel in your mouth

'As soon as we heard of this, we quickly replaced it with a bigger and better-looking camel. We are ashamed of what happened to the camel. It was a present that did not deserve this fate'

-- An official in Timbuktu, after a camel given to French President Franßois Hollande was butchered and eaten by a family it had been left with for safekeeping.

Danger in your garage

'The best advice is to lower exposure as much as possible. (Benzene) is recognized as a carcinogen... (And) attached garages are clearly a predictor of higher benzene levels, up to threefold on average'

-- Deborah Schoen, head of Health Canada's indoor-air section. Government scientists say homeowners may want to better seal off their garages or install exhaust fans.

Scientists don't know beans

'If someone had suggested to me that impaling insects with little tiny hooks would be a valid form of pest control, I wouldn't have given it credence'

-- University of California biologist Catherine Loudon, as scientists try to synthesize an effective method of dealing with bedbugs used by generations of Eastern European housewives: spreading bean leaves (which are covered with tiny hooks) around the floor at night.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 13, 2013 J12

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