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In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes.
When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed
firmer to sleep on. That's where the phrase, "goodnight, sleep tight"
came from.

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Microsoft Corp announced that they would purchase the
source the PenPoint operating system for the value of
one of Bill Gates eye-lashes (est. value $1.3 million).
Gates was quoted as saying "we are only doing what the
consumer has asked us to do: ship huge, bloated,
bug-ridden programs while using every trick in the book
to kill our competitors. As an example of our progress,
consider Windows CE which paints the screen slower on a
75 MHz MIPS RISC processor than the 16 MHz 68000 in the
Palm Pilot, while sucking the batteries dry in a tenth
the time." 

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TIME WARPED

I had gathered my first-grade class around me to teach them to tell time
using a conventional-style analog clock.  We'll be learning about the
hour hand and the minute hand, I explained.  One of my students
interrupted and said, "I don't need to learn on that kind of clock.  My
dad bought me this digital watch, and right now it's 10 minutes to 38."

Susan K. Toth in Reader's Digest

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