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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Save the unions," Oct. 24, 2009

"This is one supersized ring."

University of Virginia astronomer Anne Verbiscer, leader of a team of scientists that found a new ring around Saturn. The ring is so large, the team says, that it would take a billion earths to fill its volume.

"As a Chicago sports fan you get used to disappointment. This hurts so much more."

Aubrey Matthews, who lives near Chicago, on the city losing its bid to host the 2016 Olympics.

"It may sound like a hollow defense, but in Hollywood I am not sure a 13-year-old is really a 13-year-old."

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Washington Post television critic Tom Shales on the arrest of director Roman Polanski in Switzerland for the 1977 rape of a 13-year-old girl.

"I'm just hoping we don't have someone holding a beer who just came off the slot machine thinking, 'Oh, I just hit the jackpot. Maybe I'll buy a dinosaur!'"

Thomas Lindgren, curator in charge of an auction in Las Vegas that included a rare Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton named Samson, on who might make bids for the skeleton.

"It's not really for us ordinary people, is it?"

Chinese migrant worker Wang Chenggong on an Oct. 1 parade marking the 60th anniversary of China's Communist Party in Beijing. Wang tried to watch the celebration on a TV on a crowded streetside.

"Just turn it off . . . unless you've got a better story."

Actor Hugh Jackman, in the middle of a scene during the Broadway play A Steady Rain, to an audience member whose cell phone rang continually.


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