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Paths of the Wise

It is great cleverness to know how to conceal our cleverness.
François de La Rochefoucauld

Paths of the Not-So-Wise

His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.
Bad analogies on high school papers

Milestones on this Date in History

1728: English explorer Captain James Cook

1782: Italian violin virtuoso Niccolo Paganini

1811: Isaac Singer, developer of the first practical home sewing machine

1858: Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States

1914: Welsh poet Dylan Thomas

Music on this Date in History

1897: he Musical Courier hailed a composer with these rather ambiguous words: "Rimsky-Korsakov! What a name! It suggests fierce whiskers stained with vodka!"

1901: The first performance of all three of the Debussy Nocturnes. The third one isn't always played with the others because it requires a wordless chorus.

1975: Bruce Springsteen was on the cover of both Time and Newsweek

1993: New York's Metropolitan Opera found a summer home in New Jersey. Met manager Joseph Volpe signed an agreement last week to stage productions regularly at the Waterloo Village Center for the Performing Arts in Waterloo, New Jersey. This starts in 1996.

Other on this Date in History

1947: You Bet Your Life premiered on radio with Groucho Marx as host.

World Events on this Date in History

1787: A New York newspaper published the first of 77 essays explaining the new Constitution and urging its ratification. The essays, by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, were later published as "The Federalist Papers."

1795: A treaty with Spain settled Florida's northern boundary and gave navigation rights on the Mississippi River to the United States.

1991: Poland held its first fully free parliamentary elections.