Simon Says Simon Says NPR's Scott Simon Shares His Take On Events Large And Small

Billie Jean King spoke with CNN after being named to the delegation, saying "I'm very proud to go as an athlete, and as a gay woman." Michael Loccisano/Getty Images hide caption

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Anthony Rapp (left) and Adam Pascal perform a scene from the New York Theatre Workshop production of Rent in 1996. Joan Marcus/AP hide caption

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Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu raise their fists in 1990, one day after Mandela was released from jail. Walter Dhladhla /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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More than 100 Haitians were rescued this week after their crowded sailboat capsized. At least 30 more were reported dead. U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images hide caption

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The first family watches John F. Kennedy's funeral procession in Washington, D.C., three days after the president was assassinated in Dallas. AP hide caption

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On the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Museum and Foundation is inviting anyone to submit their own 272-word essay. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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The Pew Internet and American Life Project survey also found 23 percent of online daters found a spouse or long-term partner that way. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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An Ohio judge ruled that Donald Miller is legally dead — despite the fact that he is very much alive. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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The government shutdown began Tuesday, after lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill. Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Ernest Hemingway, shown here in 1939. AP hide caption

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As NPR's Scott Simon observes, a lot of tattoo parlors' business comes from walk-in clients "who want to leave with a dragon on their shoulder." That's the case whether the tattoo shop is in Washington, D.C., or — as in this image — in Sao Paulo. Micael Tattoo Faccio/Flickr hide caption

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Leo del Aguila (from left), Vesa Gashi, Scott Simon, Erblin Mehmetaj and Shawn Fox in 1999 in a housing complex in Pristina. Del Aguila, Simon and Fox were covering the Kosovo conflict for NPR; the children lived in the war-stricken area. Courtesy of Erblin Mehmetaj hide caption

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