Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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BUT, HEY, ENOUGH ABOUT THAT If you're ever introduced to Michael Morel at a party, do not ask for his thoughts on life. Not unless you want him to talk your ear off, that is. The retired New Zealand carpenter extemporized on the subject for 25 hours last weekend - with brief breaks every four hours - in a bid to get himself listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for a nonstop lecture on a single subject. On and on he droned as cameras videotaped every syllable for verification purposes. Not surprisingly, the target at which he was aiming, 24 hours and 19 minutes, belongs to a politician: US Sen. Strom Thurmond (R) of South Carolina.

IT SEEMED AN OBVIOUS CHOICE

Speaking of politicians, the Hawaiian Senate late last week approved legislation that would designate the hula as the state's official dance. The House of Representatives passed a similar measure earlier in the current session. Gov. Ben Cayetano (D) is expected to sign the bill into law. …

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