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Justin Theroux (pictured above), star of The Leftovers, on his character Kevin Garvey: “It’s a vulnerable thing to say you’re seeing somebody, especially when they’re quite possibly a figment of your imagination.”

Jeff Dabiri, who studies jellyfish, on what happened when he held one for a photo shoot: “I got dozens of stings, mostly on my crotch. After that, I’ve learned to say no to photographers.”

Andrew Meltzoff, a psychology professor: “I’m trying to teach the roboticists to think like a baby. And I mean that in a good way.”

(Previous quotes from our sources here)