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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Ideal Idol," June 2, 2007

"I'm going to bomb, bomb, bomb the school with everybody in it."

Five-year-old Omar Hussein, clutching a pink toy airplane, at a kindergarten graduation ceremony in Baghdad. Such violent statements were common among the young Iraqis at the event, according to a CNN reporter present.

"What we have is love of theater. If we wanted money, we would go looting."

Iraqi director Kahil Khalid on the unpaid actors working at Baghdad's National Theater, a hub of the country's rebounding theater community.

"You call them sportsmen? Yeah? Well, I call them cowards."

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Bill Randall, 72, of Winthrop, Maine, on hunters who lure bears into traps and then shoot them. Maine is the only state to allow the recreational trapping of bears, a popular pastime in northern Maine. Randall leads a group of 600 hunters who are lobbying the state legislature to ban the practice.

"They're going to have quite a meal. It's going to be like Thanksgiving for them."

Tom Tiddens of the Chicago Botanic Garden on the birds, squirrels, and other animals that like to eat cicadas. Experts say billions of the flying insects will emerge in the Midwest this summer after spending 17 years underground. Cicadas go above ground to mate before they die.


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