No. 484: "Science Is Golden"
Responding to a reporter during a photo op before Thursday's Cabinet meeting, President Clinton answered, "Well, first of all, this administration treated that issue as purely one of science and medicine." What was the question?
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Wednesday's Question (No. 483)—"Hot Spots":
The U.S. Supreme Court has just agreed to hear an appeal involving the Agema Thermovision 210, despite its defenders' assertion that it reveals "only amorphous hot spots, not intimate details." In the case before the Court, who did what with the Agema Thermovision 210?
"Rudd Weatherwax was checking his prize pupil, Lassie, for mites and ticks. At least that's what he said he was doing."—Larry Amoros
"NBC used it to produce a 'thermal signature meditation on the majesty of sport' before showing the final 37 seconds of the women's softball gold-medal game."—Charlie Glassenberg
"Pat Buchanan showed how the Thermovision 210 could vaporize illegal aliens at the border. 'Adios amigos!' "—Bonnie Resnick
"I'm sure once Gore is elected, the black Army Helicopters will be using it to detect homes with inadequate insulation."—Mark Wade
"Look, I've offered Sandra Bullock a formal, written apology, along with all the copies of the tapes. I don't know what more I can do. Yeesh."—Tim Carvell
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