Darren McCollester/Getty ImagesOnce again, senseless carnage has been visited upon the innocent. And once again, we are following the terrible events and their aftermath with an all-too familiar mix of shock, sadness and anger. Here at Reader’s Digest, as we have struggled to process the news from Boston, we have taken comfort in the stories of the heroes who ran toward the danger, and in moving columns like this one by the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein, which quickly spread across social media today.
Here in New York City, home to our editorial offices, the bombings had special resonance and New Yorkers swiftly reached out to the people of Boston. One of our favorite expressions of solidarity was this image, which instantly reversed decades of sports rivalry. Boston is a major sports town, of course, and the Chicago Tribune used its sports page to offer this unique tribute.
But it was the late Mr. Rogers, of all people, who got to the heart of the matter, as he was always wont to do. His words of wisdom, shared by millions on Facebook and Twitter, get us through the worst of times because they speak to what is best in us: “Look for the helpers.”
Some people like to travel by train because it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of an airplane.
I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”
“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” —Everyone following you on Instagram
A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.
Comedian Greg Davies
Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.
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My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me everything you know.”
“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” —Alcohol
@yoyoha (Josh Hara)
My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.
Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?
A: A mechanic.