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Little Miss Attila says she would “usually classify it as a ‘minor acquaintance’ when one couple baby-sits another’s kids. I mean, I dont have children myself, but if I did I’d certainly make sure that any potential baby-sitters had at least attempted to bomb the Pentagon. That is parental due-diligence.”

She has another idea for the publisher: “Next up: Teachers College Press will be presenting a life of John Wilkes Booth, who did not bomb the Pentagon — but at least managed to bag its Commander-in-Chief.”

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