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Issue: "Into the light," Dec. 3, 2005

"He taught us to do the right thing, and that got him caught."

Garrett Ginglen, who with his two brothers turned in their father, William Ginglen, when they saw a newspaper photo of him robbing a bank. The elder Mr. Ginglen, 64, who admitted to police that he committed a string of robberies in central Illinois, last week awaited sentencing.

"Someone else earned that."

Los Angeles taxi driver and Afghan immigrant Haider Sediqi on why he turned in to police $350,000 worth of diamonds left in a pouch in his cab by an absent-minded New York jewelry trader.

"Thought shower."

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Phrase some people use in place of "brainstorm" so as not to offend those with brain disorders, according to a report from the Global Language Monitor. The group also found teachers substituting "deferred success" for "fail" and BBC reporters calling London's subway bombers not "terrorists" but "misguided criminals."

"$1,625."

The highest bid on Ebay, as of early last week, for a one-inch parcel of land in rural Indiana. The tiny parcel's deed dates back to the 1960s when a landowner sold it to a relative to circumvent a homeowners association rule stating that only landowners could fish or swim in a local lake.

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