Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Blue Pencil

Minnesota Senator Hubert Humphrey visited the Soviet Union in 1958, and he and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev ended up speaking for eight hours. At one point, Khrushchev asked Humphrey to point out his hometown on a wall-mounted US map. When the Senator pointed out Minneapolis, Khrushchev circled it with a blue pencil, saying “That’s so I don’t forget to order them to spare the city when the rockets fly.”

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