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Heard in passing
March 27, 2014   
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“The leaders of huge and powerful countries should obviously not be married; a wife is a nuisance. It’s the man who rules the world, while a meddling wife interferes with her idiotic woman’s tricks.”
—Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of the radical nationalist Liberal-Democratic Party of Russia, on reports that Barack Obama’s marriage is in trouble

“We want to sit at the table at which European affairs are being negotiated and conduct tough negotiations, looking out for Poland’s interests; [opposition Law and Justice party leader] Jarosław Kaczyński would rather jump all over the table, while [Prime Minister] Donald Tusk just hides under it.”
—Jarosław Gowin, leader of Poland Together, a new conservative party, on Polish foreign policy

“We need to run on tickets that present us with opportunities, that ensure equality and liberate us from fear of the testosterone vapors that are constantly hanging around in the Polish parliament.”
—Feminist activist Kazimiera Szczuka on running for the European Parliament as a candidate for the liberal Your Movement-Europa Plus grouping

“I was recently approached by a businessman who wanted me to keep an eye on the Customs Office and let him know when customs officers were about to pay him a visit; I don’t think he understood what my job is about.”
—Janusz RzeĽnik, a private investigator, on the peculiarities of his profession

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