-- This isn't the best sentence, but it is huge news: "The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person’s movements and contacts over time."

-- "In the first four months of 2013, the US has exported more than $1.7 million dollars worth of bull sperm."

-- "Now that we're not in the middle of a presidential campaign it's perhaps a good time to just write about what this report is and how it works."

-- "A reviewer complained that my new book of poems is much too preoccupied with death. He appeared to suggest that I ought to be more upbeat, dispensing serene wisdom in the autumn of my life, instead of reminding readers every chance I get of their mortality. Just you wait, I said to myself, till you reach my age and start going to funerals of your friends. Nobody warns us about that when we are young."