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You can’t patent a way of doing business.

Q. If Lord Byron’s roommate at Cambridge was the first man known to have played and survived Russian Roulette in England, why is the deadly game known as Russian?

A. Long after Byron wrote about it in 1808, the Russian writer, Lermontov, recreated the incident in 1839 in a story called “The Fatalist.” That’s what spread the word.

If a forest fire makes its own wind in windless weather, it burns uphill until it burns itself out, a ranger says.

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