*** "$30 billion"
(Estimated loss of massive power outage affecting 8
states in north-east US and several cities in Canada)
*** "I HAVE NEVER been accused of being politically
correct...I say what I think. If someone doesn't like it, the hell
with 'em'... Just because you're rich and well-known doesn't mean you
have to act like an idiot."
(Best-selling US author Tom Clancy defending his
prickly writing style and fame)
*** "I AM the real one and I am ready to show a
(Former Indian superstar turned Shipping Minister
Shatrughan Sinha replying to the question asked to him by chairman of
upper house confirming his identity in the parliament, a week after a
double made a mockery of the security cordons in the federal house)
*** "WE'RE PEACEFUL PEOPLE, but one edict (from the
imams) and the entire American army will become our prisoner."
(Member of the local district council expressing
allegiance to the demand made by a group for the pulling out of US
troops from a neighbourhood in Baghdad)
(Number of candidates signing up for wild
gubernatorial race in California)
*** "IF YOU LOOK at the current situation, common
sense says we cannot send them right away."
(Director General of the Japanese Defense Agency,
Shigeru Ishiba, hinting at the backing away from promise to send up to
1,000 troops to Iraq by November this year)
*** "THE BRAINS of left-handers seem to be more
variable and some are organised in a different way. Some benefit from
this and have special talents in areas such as music and maths. But I
don't think there is any doubt that they are more likely to have
problems such as dyslexia or a stutter."
(Professor of psychology at University College
London, Chris McManus explaining why left-handed persons often excel
in sports, maths and music but are more likely to have speech and
*** "IT IS a genetic goldmine. Out of Umri's
population of 800, nearly 120 (60 pairs) were twins. We counted 40
pairs still alive."
(Centre Director of Centre for Cellular and
Molecular Biology in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, Lali
Singh, commenting on the initiation of a study by the scientists to
explain the largest population of twins in the country in sleepy
village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh)
*** "IT IS A NATIONAL DISASTER, but I disagree that
the spill threatens marine life... I apologise to the people of
Karachi for all the inconvenience they have faced because of the oil
(Federal Minister for Communication, Ali Ahmed,
offering apology to the people of the coastal city of Karachi for the
massive oil spill from a tanker which ran aground on the 27 of the
*** "WE'RE TRYING to build a 21st century electric
marketplace on top of a 20th century electric grid."
(Spokeswoman for the North American Electric
Reliability Council blaming the weak transmission system unable to
bear the significant increase in generation of power for the massive
blackout across the East coast of USA and Canada)
*** "I SEEMED to have the wrong accent... They're
the sort of people who eat smokes salmon, while I eat Pot Noodles.
They are just really snobby and didn't want me because I am working
(Outstanding British student Candice Clarke
accusing Trinity College, Cambridge — one of the country's top
universities — and blaming it for being rejected for admission)
*** "IT IS JUST A BUSINESS DEAL. He may be so
desperate to get back into the international fold that he would come
to this business deal."
(British Member of Parliament Tam Dalyell saying
that Libya's acceptance of the responsibility for the 1988 bombing of
a Pan Am aircraft over Lockerbie, Scotland 'doesn't mean Tripoli was
guilty'. He said that the acceptance was driven by 'desperation to get
back into the international trading circuit')