Perspectives

"I don't know what he's taking." Unnamed Vatican monsignor, on a string of recent public appearances by the pope in which he has shown renewed vigor

"I would like to say I did. I don't believe we do. But I do have a miniature dachshund named Reggie who looks out for us." Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, on whether he has duct tape, plastic sheeting and a three-day supply of bottled water at home

"I was confronted by two security guards and ordered to either take off the T shirt or leave the mall." Stephen Downs, who was arrested and charged with trespassing at a New York mall for wearing a T shirt that said PEACE ON EARTH and GIVE PEACE A CHANCE

"He was crying, sweating, hugging us and saying, 'Thank you, you saved my life!' " Florida resident Mary Welcher, on helping the "choking man," who police say pretends to choke to attract women

"Man, it was bad. These girls saw us and were kind of flirting, and they kept asking us if we were American. Finally we said, 'Yes,' and they just took off." Actor Vince Vaughn, on one of the several displays of anti-Americanism he has encountered while shooting a movie in London

"No doubt, he does have an allergy, but there is no condition causing you to cough after someone has given the right answer to a question." Prosecutor Nicholas Hilliard, on Tecwen Whittock, a college lecturer, who is accused of aiding a contestant on the British version of the TV game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." Whittock, who coughed 19 times during the show, claimed to have had an allergy.

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