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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Barrier riffs," Feb. 10, 2007

"Super Tonio"

Nickname given to Antonio Vasconcelos, who was born by Caesarean section in Cancun, Mexico, on Jan. 29 with a birth weight of 14.5 pounds.


2006 salary of Smithsonian Institution Secretary Lawrence M. Small, according to a report from A. Sprightley Ryan, acting inspector general of the Smithsonian.

"I say 'bedbugs' and then I hear dead silence on the other end."

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Exterminator Arnold Fishon on the growing problem of bedbugs in New York City, including upscale areas.

"Why not a nap at work? It can't be a taboo subject."

French Health Minister Xavier Bertrand on plans to promote on-the-job napping in France. The country already has a 35-hour work week and liberal vacation policies, but the ministry says one in three French people isn't sleeping enough.

"Everyone who is out on a job can have a snack knowing that they are covered by occupational safety laws."

Swedish salesman Calle Montell on the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court's approval of his claim for state compensation after he chipped a tooth on a cookie while visiting a customer. Montell claimed it was a work-related injury.


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