Published March 1, 1997|Updated Sept. 30, 2005

Question: I heard Shaquille O'Neal's girlfriend was pregnant and Shaq was going to marry her.

Answer: O'Neal _ who calls himself "Shaq Daddy" when talking about his child _ has not married the mother of his daughter, Taahirah, who was born July 19, 1996.

In a Nov. 29, 1996, Washington Post story, O'Neal discussed the matter. "He's trying to do the same thing his biological father did," O'Neal said he has heard people say. "It was different. I'll never take off."

Taahirah's birth was part of an eventful week for the basketball star. It occurred a day after he signed a $121-million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Question: What's the story behind the following quote, "This is a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done before"?

Answer: It's part of the last line of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. The full text: "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."

The lines are spoken by Sydney Carton, a lawyer who is one of the main characters of the novel.

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