Verbatim: Jun. 4, 2007

'A stable is better, for there you have a donkey that carries a load and a cow that provides milk. The parliament is worse than a stable.'

MALALAI JOYA, female member of the Afghan parliament and longtime critic of fellow legislators whom she deems warlords. Joya was suspended after making the comment, in a television interview, comparing the parliament to a stable

'Yes, indeed, this is a virgin birth.'

MAHMOOD SHIVJI, professor of marine biology at Nova Southeastern University, referring to a hammerhead shark mysteriously born in a females-only tank at the Henry Doorly Zoo, in Omaha, Neb. The incident...

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