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  • Rob shared from The First Tycoon by T.J. Stiles
    Vanderbilt put the Nimrod and the Champion on the line to Albany for a $i fare.
    Note: An imaginary boat fare?
  • Rob shared from On China by Henry Kissinger
    The clash might not have attracted the White House’s attention so quickly had the Soviet ambassador, Anatoly Dobrynin, not come to my office repeatedly to brief me on the Soviet version of what had happened.
    Note: Kissinger's first reference to himself occurs nearly 1/3 into his book, "On China."
  • Rob shared from Salt by Mark Kurlansky
    THE ROMANS SALTED their greens, believing this to counteract the natural bitterness, which is the origin of the word salad, salted.
    Note: The origin of the word, "salad."
  • Rob shared from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    "There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say," returned the nephew.
    Note: Dickens on the value of the non-pecuniary.
  • Rob shared from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
    No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty. Foul weather didn't know where to have him. The heaviest rain, and snow, and hail, and sleet, could boast of the advantage over him in only one respect. They often "came down" handsomely, and Scrooge never did.
    Note: Scrooge, as described by Dickens...