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pret zuhl

  • n  glazed and salted cracker typically in the shape of a loose knot

  • President Bush's fainting episode, caused by a pretzel, appeared to have little medical significance.
  • Often people get hurt because they assume that yoga is simple and that anybody can pretzel himself or herself on demand.
  • Or, as James Bond might say, "I'll have a vodka martini, shaken not stirred, and instead of a side of pretzels give me a quantum of solace.
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  • 'Homeland' plots a course not all ready to follow
    Producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon talk about the twists and sometimes pretzel turns of the Emmy-winning show. In its first season, "Homeland" hinged on the premise that Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) had been turned while held captive by Al Qaeda and, now back in the States, was planning a terrorist attack. Nobody believed that war hero Brody would be capable of such a betrayal ...
    June 13, 2013 - Los Angeles Times
  • Julian’s Recipe Issues Voluntary Withdrawal of European Style Pretzel Baguette Boxes at Heb Stores in Texas
    Julian’s Recipe, LLC., in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is voluntarily withdrawing its European Style Pretzel Baguette packages from HEB Stores in Texas. Certain packages of Pretzel Baguettes may contain Julian’s European Style Multigrain Garlic Baguettes, which are made with soy flour.
    June 12, 2013 - U. S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Big storm forms near, but misses, Freeport
    FREEPORT — The Pretzel City was spared the worst of the storm that passed through northern Illinois and swept across the country Wednesday. INSIDE: Video of the storm near Freeport
    June 12, 2013 - The Journal-Standard

  • Keith Bulluck in USA Today
    I got hit with a piece of box and a pretzel wrapper flying around,Bulluck said. "Everything was on the field. I guess their fans were a little mad about the performance that their team was doing. I would have been throwing things, too."
  • Joe Manchin in Los Angeles Times
    ...said the first rescue teams had been stunned to see that the ferocious blast more than a mile inside the Earth had tossed heavy rail cars like toys and twisted steel rail lines "like a pretzel."
  • Charles Schumer in MSNBC
    They can twist themselves into any pretzel shape they want,said Sen. Chuck Schumer, DN.Y. "As long as privatization is on the table, there will be no compromise on Social Security."

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