Magazine article Newsweek International

Perspectives

Magazine article Newsweek International

Perspectives

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"Super Caley Go Ballistic, Celtic Are Atrocious"

The Sun's headline, a pun on the show tune "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from Disney's "Mary Poppins," following the Glasgow, Scotland, powerhouse Celtic Football Club's humiliating loss to the underdog Inverness Caledonian Thistle

"In our country, vodka is a purchase of the highest importance. Russians will never skimp on vodka--they'll just eat less." Dmitry Dovchenko, director of a Moscow liquor store, predicting the likely response of most of his countrymen to the 30 percent increase in the minimum price of vodka at the end of February, announced by government officials last week

"Putin's going to lose a lot of votes to the communists because of this." Alexei Dokchus, as he emerged from a store outside a Moscow vodka factory carrying 30 bottles he waited in line for three hours to purchase before prices go up at the end of the month

"Isn't the captain supposed to go down with the ship? Or [are we] trained for such situations for no real reason?" An airline pilot commenting on the cockpit crew's daring escape from the hijacked Afghan jet in Britan whose 152 passengers were finally released last Thursday

"Technically speaking, these attacks are one step up from spray paint on the highway overpass." Paul Saffo, of the Institute for the Future, a technology consultancy in Silicon Valley, describing the low-tech nature of the "denial of service" bombardments that wreaked havoc on many of the Web's most popular sites

"That great sucking sound you hear is the sound of the media's lips coming off of John McCain's. …

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