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The monks at a remote monastery deep in the woods followed a rigid vow of silence.

Their vow could only be broken once a year——on Valentine’s Day——by one

monk. That monk could speak only one sentence. One Valentine’s Day, Brother

Thomas had his turn to speak and said, "I love the delightful mashed potatoes we

have every year with the Valentine’s Day Roast!" Then he sat down. Silence ensued

for 365 days. The next Valentine’s Day, Brother Michael got his turn and said, "I

think the mashed potatoes are lumpy, and I truly despise them!" Once again, silence

ensued for 365 days. The following Valentine’s Day, Brother Paul rose and said, "I

am fed up with this constant bickering!

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