"[Recently-resigned Taoiseach (prime minister) Bertie Ahern] said a further lodgement of £8,000 sterling to his daughters' accounts in 1996 was the result of particularly successful horse-racing bets in that year."
The Irish Times, Thursday, 5 June 2008.
"There is nothing quite as enigmatic as a platypus."
"The Hubble Space Telescope has captured stunning images of colliding galaxies, which have been released to mark the 18th anniversary of the telescope's launch."
BBC, in a stunning abuse of the language, 26 April 2008
"Mies and Le Corbusier designed pretty uncomfortable miniature manifestos," said Gareth Williams, curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. "That's probably why most photographs of their furniture don't include people."
International Herald Tribune, 3 March 2008, in yet one more article about revolutionary, unusable furniture.
"If Democrats can’t landslide the Republicans this year, they ought to just wrap up, close down, emerge in a different form."
Ralph Nader, announcing his bid for the United States Presidency as a third-party candidate on the TV show "Meet the Press," 24 February 2008.
"Clinton-bashing is the last shared article of faith (and last area of indisputable G.O.P. competence) that could yet unite the fractured and dispirited conservative electorate."
Frank Rich, New York Times, "Who’s Afraid of Barack Obama?" 2 December 2007
"The half-life of irregular verbs is proportional to the square root of their frequency."
The Journal Nature, 10 October 2007
"It’s time to turn the page on Washington’s conventional wisdom that agreement must be reached before you meet, that talking to other countries is some kind of reward, and that presidents can only meet with people who will tell them what they want to hear."
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, according to the New York Times, 1 August 2007
"There are very few examples of state forces winning decisive and sustainable victories against committed geurilla forces. Political solutions must be found."
Martin Griffiths, International Herald Tribune, 30 June, 2006
"I would hope from time to time that you have the humility and the grace to be ashamed of yourself."
Real Estate agent Harry Taylor, 61, to President George W. Bush at a Charlotte, S.C. "town hall" meeting, 6 April 2006. [Video]
"This year, the proportion of the world population living in urban areas passed 50% for the first time."
The Journal Nature, 4 October 2005
"Dutch witches may deduct the cost of their training in spells, magic potions and healing against tax, a court in The Netherlands has ruled, confirming an earlier decision by the tax authority."
Bloomberg, 28 September 2005
"... The only exceptional thing about Americans' neglect of their fellow citizens after Katrina struck is that for once the consequences of that neglect were visible on national television." Paul Krugman, New York Times (reprinted, International Herald Tribune, 20 September 2005.)
"Palestinian-controlled Gaza is one of the most densely populated places on earth, with some 4,091 people per square kilometer. Gaza covers an area of 360 square kilometers."
"Before the war they castigated the CIA for understating the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction; after the war they castigated the CIA for exaggerating the very same threat."
Paul Krugman, NYT, on the pro-Bush press. July 2005
"Antiwar activists should be ashamed of themselves: Their petty obsessions have detracted from the debate we really need...."
"Those investors that are willing to go ahead and assume the risk that the conflict will be resolved satisfactorily will in all likelihood benefit from increasing their exposure to stocks."
John Loski, chief economist at Moody's Investors
Service, on the chance to make money from war. (25 November 2002)
"She can call herself an ambassador for Finglas if she likes."
a spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs
of Ireland, when asked whether he considered Miss
Ireland Ms. Lynda Duffy an ambassador for the country.
Duffy has decided to compete in Nigeria despite
murderous religious riots over the pageant. Finglas is
an area of Dublin. (23 Nov. 2002)