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links for 2010-11-05

  • // Fine, I'll add my own caffeine to alcohol.
  • Quote:"Dick Tuck designed his campaign billboards to read, in small print, "Dick," and in much larger lettering, "Tuck". The names were printed twice, piggy-backed one above the other. On the eve of the election he drove around the area and painted an extra line on the upper "Tuck" on the billboards. This converted the T in his name to an F so that passersby would see a profane phrase. Tuck said he thought voters would think his opponent had done this and he'd "get the sympathy vote" with this tactic. In a field of eight candidates for the Democratic nomination, Tuck finished 3rd with 5211 votes (almost 10% of votes), losing to future Congressman George Danielson. [2]

    As the ballot totals piled against him on Election Night, the candidate was asked his reaction. Referring back to his cemetery speech, Tuck quipped, "Just wait till the dead vote comes in." When defeat became inevitable, Tuck made the now notorious statement, "The people have spoken, the bastards."[3]

  • Quote:"Americans will keep growing fatter until 42 percent of the nation is considered obese, and having fat friends is part of the problem, researchers said on Thursday.

    The prediction by a team of researchers at Harvard University contradicts other experts who say the nation's obesity rate has peaked at 34 percent of the U.S. population.

    The finding is from the same group, led by Nicholas Christakis, that reported in 2007 that if someone's friend becomes obese, that person's chances of becoming obese increase by more than half.

    They now think this same phenomenon is driving the obesity epidemic, which will climb slowly but steadily for the next 40 years.

    // To all my friends I have made obese, I'm sorry. You should think about a personal trainer.


2 Responses

  1. The quote from Dick Tuck “The people have spoken, the bastards.” was at the bottom right of the page of editorial responses to election results in the Star-Tribune on November 3. As if that was the Star-Tribune’s opinion on the elections

    • Wouldn’t be surprised if it was.

      Also, I would like to mention I once alluded to Dick Tuck’s quote in a paper I wrote in high school. I got warned for using improper language and got a lecture in civility.

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