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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Flame-outs," May 8, 2010

"It's defying the law of gravity."

GENE MUNSTER, an analyst for Piper Jaffray, on the popularity of the iPhone. Apple reportedly sold 8.8 million iPhones in the first quarter of 2010, more than double the number it sold in the first quarter of 2009. Sales of the iPhone helped raise the company's net income by 90 percent.

"He skipped his own birthday party to drive John to Brussels."

Kjetil Kristoffersen, agent for John Cleese, on the cab driver in Oslo who agreed to give the celebrity a ride to Brussels when his plane was canceled due to volcanic ash over Europe. The Monty Python actor, who once worked on the show for the "Ministry of Silly Walks," paid $5,140 for the fare and then caught a train to London from Belgium.

"It was 50 years before I was able to speak about it to anybody, even my wife and kids. Then it was like a 50-ton weight off my shoulders."

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World War II veteran Fletcher Thorne-Thomsen on the horrors he saw when he helped liberate a Nazi concentration camp. On April 14, Gen. David Petraeus and 120 veterans were at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial for a gathering of concentration camp liberators.

"We asked, 'Why don't you just turn off your phones?' We got these looks of horror. They couldn't conceive of turning off their phones."

AMANDA LENHART, senior researcher at the Pew Research Center, on the social pressure that teenagers say they feel to respond to text messages quickly, regardless of the time of day or night. A Pew study found that one in three teens sends more than 100 text messages per day.

"We have to warn Matt and Trey that what they are doing is stupid and they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show."

Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee, a Muslim from New York, in a web posting about the producers of South Park after the show depicted Muhammad in a bear suit during an April episode. "This is not a threat," Al-Amrikee wrote, "but a warning of the reality of what will likely happen to them."

"When over a quarter of young adults are too fat to fight, we need to take notice."

Retired Navy Rear Adm. JAMES BARNETT JR., a member of a group of retired officers called Mission: Readiness, on the group's findings that 27 percent of Americans between ages 17 and 24 are too overweight to serve in the military. The group is calling for healthier school lunches.


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