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Issue: "Democrats are all smiles," Aug. 7, 2004

"I think he should be put in a timeout."

Twelve-year-old Ilana Wexler, the youngest speaker at last week's Democratic National Convention, on Vice President Dick Cheney's use of an obscenity on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

"B.O.B."

Message found on an air-sickness bag aboard a United Airlines flight last week from Sydney, Australia, to Los Angeles. The common acronym for "bomb on board" prompted the pilot to turn around 90 minutes into the flight and return to Sydney. Investigators did not find a bomb. Flight attendants in Australia say they often use the acronym for "best on board," or most attractive passenger.

"They wanted to know whose mother I was."

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U.S. Olympic dressage competitor Debbie McDonald, 49, on the reaction of U.S. teammates when she first met them at the 1999 Pan American Games. Dressage involves directing a horse in prearranged steps and gaits.

"20,000."

The number of McDonald's Big Macs eaten by Don Gorske since 1972. Mr. Gorske, who made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for most Big Macs consumed, has eaten at least one per day for 32 years. The 6-foot, 170-pounder says a Big Mac is his typical Christmas meal. He reached 20,000 last month.

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