Volume 4
A Fun Site created by
Professor William Hillman culled from a daily motivational series
compiled for his BU Education Classes 2000-2009
The daily tech news items have been omitted since many of the stories are now "old news."
An eclectic collection of oddities, humorous anecdotes, weird photos, funny headlines, cartoons, puzzles, inspirational items, jokes, and more. . .  gathered here as a reference repository for speakers, lecturers, teachers, students, writers, or Web travellers just looking for diversion and a bit of levity. 

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 Let me see if I've got this right.  You want me to go into that room  with all those kids and fill their every waking moment with a love for  learning.  Not only that, I'm  supposed to instill a sense of pride in their ethnicity, behaviorally modify disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse and T-shirt messages.

 I am to fight the war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, check their backpacks for knives, guns or other potential weapons and raise their self-esteem.

 I'm to teach them patriotism, good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play, the value and benefits of a multi-cultural society, critical thinking skills, how to balance a checkbook and how to apply for a job.

 I am to check their heads occasionally for lice, maintain a safe environment, recognize signs of potential antisocial behavior, offer advice, write letters of recommendation for student employment and scholarships, encourage respect for the cultural diversity of others, and, oh yeah, always make sure that I give the girls in my class 50 percent of my attention.

 I'm expected to be working on improving my teaching by taking courses and attending professional development sessions on my own time during evenings, weekends and at my own expense. After school, I am to attend committee and faculty meetings as well as mark students' work, read their journal entries, and prepare the materials needed for the next day's classes.

 I am to be a paragon of virtue larger than life, such that my very presence will awe my students into being obedient and respectful of authority.  I am to pledge allegiance to supporting family values, a return to the basics, and to my current administration.  I am to incorporate technology into the learning, and monitor all Web sites while providing a personal relationship with each student.  I am to decide who might be potentially dangerous and/or liable to commit crimes in school or who is possibly being abused, and I can be sent to jail for not mentioning these suspicions.

 I am to make sure all students pass any provincially and federally mandated tests and achieve the learning outcomes specified in the curriculum documents for all subject areas, whether or not they attend school on a regular basis or complete any of the work assigned.

 Plus, I am expected to provide sufficiently differentiated instruction so that all learners are successful, regardless of their mental or physical handicap or learning style.  I am to communicate frequently with each student's parent by letter, phone, newsletter and grade card.

 I'm to do all of this with just a piece of chalk, an obsolete computer with no software, a few books, a bulletin board, no planning time and a big smile, all on a starting salary that ensures that my family gets much of its food from the local food bank.

 Is that all?  And you want me to do all of this and expect me NOT TO PRAY?


These are from real college level tests, answered by real undergraduate college students:

The inhabitants of Egypt were called mummies. They lived in the Sarah Dessert and traveled by Camelot. The climate of the Sarah is such that the inhabitants have to live elsewhere, so certain areas of the dessert are cultivated by irriation. The Egyptians built the Pyramids in the shape of a huge triangular cube. The Pyramids are a range of mountains between France and Spain.

The Bible is full of interesting caricatures. In the first book of the Bible, Guinesses, Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. One of their children, Cain, asked "Am I my brother's son?". God asked Abraham to sacrifice Issac on Mount Montezuma. Jacob, son of Issac, stole his brother's birthmark. Jacob was a partiarch who brought up his twelve sons to be partiarchs but they did not take to it. One of Jacob's sons, Joseph, gave refuse to the Israelites.

Pharaoh forced the Hebrew slaves to make bread without straw. Moses led them to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread, which is bread made without any ingredients. Afterwards, Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the ten commandments. David was a Hebrew king skilled at playing the liar. He fought with the Philatelists, a race of people who lived in Biblical times. Solomon, one of David's sons, had 500 wives and 500 porcupines.

Without the Greeks, we wouldn't have history. The Greeks invented three kinds of columns: Corinthian, Doric and Ironic. They also had myths. A myth is a female moth. Once myth says that the mother of Achilles dipped him in the Homer. Homer also wrote the "Oddity", in which Penelope was the last harship that Ulysses endured on his journey. Actually, Homer was not written by Homer but by another man of that name.

Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around giving people advice. They killed him. Socrates died from an overdose of wedlock.

In the Olympic Games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled the bicuits, and threw the Java. The reward to the victor was a coral wreath. The government of Athen was democratic because the peole took the law into their own hands. There were no wars in Greece, as the mountains were so high that they couldn't climb over to see what their neighbors were doing. When they fought the Parisians, the Greeks were outnumbered because the Persians had more men.

Eventually, the Ramons conquered the Geeks. History calls people Romans because they never stayed in one place for very long. At Roman banquets, the guests wore garlic in their hair. Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The Ides of March killed him because they thought he was going to be made king. Nero was a cruel tyrany who would torture his poor subjects by playing the fiddle to them.

Then came them middle Ages. King Alfred conquered the Dames, King Arthur lived in the Age of Shivery, King Harlod mustarded his troops before the Battle of Hastings, Joan of Arc was cannonized by George Bernard Shaw, and the victims of the Black Death grew boobs on their necks. Finally, the Magna Carta provided that no free man should be hanged twice for the same offense.

In midevil times most of the people were alliterate. The greatest writer of the time was Chaucer, who wrote many poems and verse and also wrote literature. Another tale tells of William Tell, who shot an arrow through an apple while standing on his son's head.

The Renaissance was an age in which more individuals felt the value of their human being. Martin Luther was nailed to the church door at Wittenberg for selling papal indulgences. He died a horrible death, being excommunicated by a bull. It was the painter Donatello's interest in the female nude that made him the father of the Renaissance. It was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Gutenburg invented the Bible. Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because he invented cigarettes. Another important invention was the circulation of blood. Sir Francis Drake circumcised the world with a 100 foot clipper.

The government of England was a limited mockery. Henry VIII found walking difficult because he had an abbess on his knee. Queen Elizabeth was the "Virgin Queen". As a queen she was a success. When Elizabeth exposed herself before her troops, they all shouted "hurrah". Then her navy went out an defeated the Spanish Armadillo.

The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespear. Shakespear never made much money and is famous only because of his plays. He lived in Windsor with his merry wives, writing tragedies, commedies and errors. In one of Shakespear's famous plays, Hamlet rations out his situation by relieving himself in a long soliloquy. In another, Lady Macbeth tries to convince Macbeth to kill the King by attacking his manhood. Romeo and Juliet are an example of a heroic couplet. Writing at the same time as Shakespear was Miquel Cervantes. He wrote "Donkey Hote". The next great author was John Milton. Milton wrote "Paradise Lost". Then his wife dies and he wrote "Paradise Regained".

During the Renaissance America began. Christopher Columbus was a great navigator who discovered America while cursing about the Atlantic. His ships were called the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Fe. Later the Pilgrims crossed the Ocean, and that was called the Pilgrim's Progress. When they landed at Plymouth Rock, they were greeted by Indians, who came down the hill rolling their war hoops before them. The Indian squabs carried porposies on their back. Many of the Indian heroes were killed, along with their cabooses, which proved very fatal to them. The winter of 1620 was a hard one for the settlers. Many people died and many babies were born. Captain John Smith was responsible for all of this.

One of the causes of the Revolutionary Wars was the English put tacks in their tea. Also, the colonists would send their parcels through the post without stamps. During the war, Red Coats and Paul Revere was throwing balls over stone walls. The dogs were barking and the peacocks crowing. Finally, the colonists won the war and no longer had to pay for taxis.

Delegates from the original thirteen states formed the Contented Congress. Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the Declaration of Independence. Franklin had gone to Boston carrying all his  clothes in his pocket and a loaf of bread under each arm. He invented electricity by rubbing cats backwards and declared "a horse divided against itself cannot stand". Franklin died in 1790 and is still dead.

George Washington married Matha Curtis and in due time became the Father of Our Country. Then, the Constitution of the United States was adopted to secure domestic hostility. Under the Constitution the people enjoyed the right to keep bare arms.

Abraham Lincoln became America's greatest Precedent. Lincoln's mother died in infancy, and he was born in a log cabin which he built with his own hands. When Lincoln was President, he wore only a tall silk hat. He said, "in onion there is strength". Abraham Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg address while traveling from Washington to Gettysburg on the back of an envelope. He also signed the Emasulation Proclamation. On the night of April 14, 1865, Lincoln went to the theater and got shot in his seat by one of the actors in a moving picture show. The believed assinator was John Wilkes Booth, a suposedly insane actor. This ruined Booth's career.

Meanwhile in Europe, the enlightenment was a reasonable time. Voltare invented electricity and also wrote a book called "Candy". Gravity was invented by Issac Walton. It is chiefly noticeable in the Autumn, when the apples are faaling off the trees.

Bach was the most famous compser in the world, and so was Handel. Handel was half German, half Italian and half English. He was very large. Bach died from 1750 to the present. Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf he wrote loud music. He took long walks in the forest even when everyone was calling for hm. Beethoven expired in 1827 and later died for this.

Fance was in a very serious state. The French Revolution was accomplished before it happened. The Marseillaise was the theme song of the French Revolution, and it catapulted into Napoleon. During the Napoleonic Wars, the crowned heads of Europe were trembling in their shoes. Then the Spanish gorrilas came down from the hills and nipped at Napoleon's flanks. Napoleon became ill with bladder problems and was very tense and unrestrained. He wanted an heir to inherit his power, but since Josephine was a baroness, she coulnd't bear him any children.

The sun never set on the British Empire because the British Empire is in the East and the sun sets in the West. Queen Victoria was the longest queen. She sat on a thorn for 63 years. Her reclining years and finally the end of her life were exemplatory of a great personality. Her death was the final event which ended her reign.

The nineteenth century was a time of many great inventions and thoughts. The invention of the steamboat caused a network of rivers to spring up. Cyrus McCormick invented the McCormick Raper, which did the work of a hundered men. Samuel Morse invented a code for telepathy. Louis Pastuer discovered a cure for rabbis. Charles Darwin was a naturalist who wrote the "Organ of the Species". Madman Curie discovered radium. And Karl Marx became one of the Marx Brothers.The first world war caused by the assignation of the Arch Duck by a surf ushered in a new error in the anals of human history.

Many dead animals of the past changed to fossils while others preferred to be oil.

All animals were here before mankind. The animals lived peacefully until mankind came along and made roads, houses, hotels, and condoms.

Marie Curie did her research at the Sore Buns Institute in France.

Men are mammals and women are femammals.

Proteins are composed of a mean old acid.

Involuntary muscles are not as willing as voluntary ones.

Cadavers are dead bodies that have donated themselves to science. This procedure is called gross anatomy.

The earth makes a resolution every 24 hours.

A circle is a figure with no corners and only one side.

Genetics explains why you look like your father and if you don't, why you should.

Water is composed of two gins, Oxygin and Hydrogin. Oxygin is pure gin. Hydrogin is gin and water.

When oxygen combines with anything, heat is given off. This is known as constipation.

The hookworm larva enters the body through the soul.

Some people say we condescended from apes.

If conditions are not favorable, bacteria go into a period of adolescence.

When you breath, you inspire. When you do not breath, you expire.

H2O is hot water, and CO2 is cold water

To collect fumes of sulphur, hold a deacon over a flame in a test tube

When you smell an odorless gas, it is probably carbon monoxide

Three kinds of blood vessels are arteries, vanes and caterpillars.

Blood flows down one leg and up the other..

Respiration is composed of two acts, first inspiration, and then expectoration.

The moon is a planet just like the earth, only it is even deader.

Artificial insemination is when the farmer does it to the cow instead of the bull.

Dew is formed on leaves when the sun shines down on them and makes them perspire.

A super-saturated solution is one that holds more than it can hold.

Mushrooms always grow in damp places and so they look like umbrellas.

The body consists of three parts- the brainium, the borax and the abominable cavity. The brainium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abominable cavity contains the bowls, of which there are five - a, e, i, o, and u.

The pistol of a flower is its only protections against insects.

The alimentary canal is located in the northern part of Indiana.

The skeleton is what is left after the insides have been taken out and the outsides have been taken off. The purpose of the skeleton is something to hitch meat to.

A permanent set of teeth consists of eight canines, eight cuspids, two molars, and eight cuspidors.

The tides are a fight between the Earth and moon. All water tends towards the moon, because there is no water in the moon, and nature abhors a vacuum.I forget where the sun joins in this fight.

A fossil is an extinct animal. The older it is, the more extinct it is.

Equator: A managerie lion running around the Earth through Africa.

Germinate: To become a naturalized German.

Liter: A nest of young puppies.

Magnet: Something you find crawling all over a dead cat.

Momentum: What you give a person when they are going away.

Planet: A body of Earth surrounded by sky.

Rhubarb: A kind of celery gone bloodshot.

Vacuum: A large, empty space where the pope lives.

Before giving a blood transfusion, find out if the blood is affirmative or negative.

To remove dust from the eye, pull the eye down over the nose.

For a nosebleed: Put the nose much lower then the body until the heart stops.

For drowning: Climb on top of the person and move up and down to make artificial perspiration.

For fainting: Rub the person's chest or, if a lady, rub her arm above the hand instead. Or put the head between the knees of the nearest medical doctor.

For asphyxiation: Apply artificial respiration until the patient is dead.

For head cold: use an agonizer to spray the nose until it drops in your throat.


From the Washington Post -- a contest was held in which readers were asked to come up with excuses to miss a day of work.

If it is all the same to you I won't be coming in to work. The voices told me to clean all the guns today.

When I got up this morning I took two Ex-Lax in addition to my Prozac. I can't get off the john, but I feel good about it.

I set half the clocks in my house ahead an hour and the other half back an hour Saturday and spent 18 hours in some kind of space-time continuum loop, reliving Sunday (right up until the explosion). I was able to exit the loop only by reversing the polarity of the power source exactly e*log(pi) clocks in the house while simultaneously rapping my dog on the snout with a rolled up Times. Accordingly, I will be in late, or early.

My stigmata's acting up.

I can't come in to work today because I'll be stalking my previous boss, who fired me for not showing up for work. OK?

I have a rare case of 48-hour projectile leprosy, but I know we have that deadline to meet...

I am stuck in the blood pressure machine down at the Food Giant.

Yes, I seem to have contracted some attention-deficit disorder and, hey, how about them Skins, huh? So, I won't be able to, yes, could I help you? No, no, I'll be sticking with Sprint, but thank you for calling.

Constipation has made me a walking time bomb.

I just found out that I was switched at birth. Legally, I shouldn't come to work knowing my employee records may now contain false information.

The psychiatrist said it was an excellent session. He even gave me this jaw restraint so I won't bite things when I am startled.

The dog ate my car keys. We're going to hitchhike to the vet.

I prefer to remain an enigma.

My mother-in-law has come back as one of the Undead and we must track her to her coffin to drive a stake through her heart and give her eternal peace. One day should do it.

I can't come to work today because the EPA has determined that my house is completely surrounded by wetlands and I have to arrange for helicopter transportation.

I am converting my calendar from Julian to Gregorian.

I am extremely sensitive to a rise in the interest rates.

I refuse to travel to my job in the District until there is a commuter tax. I insist on paying my fair share.

Great Quotes

We've all been interviewed for jobs. And, we've all spent most of those interviews thinking about what not to do. Don't bite your nails. Don't fidget. Don't interrupt. Don't belch. If we did any of the dont's, we knew we'd disqualify ourselves instantly. But some job applicants go light years beyond this. We surveyed top personnel executives of 100 major American corporations and asked for stories of unusual behavior by job applicants. The lowlights:

1. Said he was so well-qualified [that] if he didn't get the job, it would prove that the company's management was incompetent.

2. Stretched out on the floor to fill out the job application.

3. Brought her large dog to the interview.

4. Chewed bubble gum and constantly blew bubbles.

5. Candidate kept giggling through serious interview.

6. She wore a Walkman and said she could listen to me and the music at the same time.

7. Balding candidate abruptly excused himself. Returned to office a few minutes later, wearing a hairpiece.

8. Applicant challenged interviewer to arm wrestle.

9. Asked to see interviewer's resume to see if the personnel executive was qualified to judge the candidate.

10. Announced she hadn't had lunch and proceeded to eat a hamburger and french fries in the interviewer's office.

11. Without saying a word, candidate stood up and walked out during the middle of the interview.

12. Man wore jogging suit to interview for position as financial vice president.

13. Said if he were hired, he would demonstrate his loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on his forearm.

14. Interrupted to phone his therapist for advice on answering specific interview questions.

15. Wouldn't get out of the chair until I would hire him. I had to call the police.

16. When I asked him about his hobbies, he stood up and started tap dancing around my office.

17. Had a little pinball game and challenged me to play with him.

18. Bounced up and down on my carpet and told me I must be highly thought of by the company because I was given such a thick carpet.

19. Took a brush out of my purse, brushed his hair and left.

20. Pulled out a Polaroid camera and snapped a flash picture of me. Said he collected photos of everyone who interviewed him.

21. Candidate asked me if I would put on a suit jacket to insure that the offer was formal.

22. Said he wasn't interested because the position paid too much.

23. While I was on a long-distance phone call, the applicant took out a copy

24. During the interview, an alarm clock went off from the candidate's brief case. He took it out, shut it off, apologized and said he had to leave for another interview.

25. A telephone call came in for the job applicant. It was from his wife. His side of the conversation went like this: 'Which company? When do I start? What's the salary?' I said, 'I assume you're not interested in conducting the interview any further.' He promptly responded, 'I am, as long as you'll pay me more.' I didn't hire him, but later found out there was no other job offer.

It was a scam to get a higher offer.

26. An applicant came in wearing only one shoe. She explained that the other shoe was stolen off her foot in the bus.

27. His attache [case] opened when he picked it up and the contents spilled, revealing ladies' undergarments and assorted makeup and perfume.

28. He came to the interview with a moped and left it in the reception area.

29. He took off his right shoe and sock, removed a medicated foot powder and dusted it on the foot and in the shoe. While he was putting back the shoe and sock, he mentioned that he had to use the powder four times a day, and this was the time.

30. Candidate said he really didn't want to get a job, but the unemployment office needed proof that he was looking for one.

31. He whistled when the interviewer was talking.

32. Asked who the lovely babe was, pointing to the picture on my desk. When I said it was my wife, he asked if she was home now and wanted my phone number. I called security.

33. She threw-up on my desk, and immediately started asking questions about the job, like nothing had happened.

34. Pointing to a black case he carried into my office, he said that if he was not hired, the bomb would go off. Disbelieving, I began to state why he would never be hired and that I was going to call the police. He then reached down to the case, flipped a switch and ran. No one was injured, but I did need to get a new desk.

35. Asked if I wanted some cocaine before starting the interview.

50 Fun Things for Professors to Do on the First Day of Class

  1. Wear a hood with one eyehole. Periodically make strange gurgling noises.
  2. After confirming everyone's names on the roll, thank the class for attending "Advanced Astrodynamics 690" and mention that yesterday was the last day to drop.
  3. After turning on the overhead projector, clutch your chest and scream "MY PACEMAKER!"
  4. Wear a pointed Kaiser helmet and a monocle and carry a riding crop.
  5. Gradually speak softer and softer and then suddenly point to a student and scream "YOU! WHAT DID I JUST SAY?"
  6. Deliver your lecture through a hand puppet. If a student asks you a question directly, say in a high-pitched voice, "The Professor can't hear you, you'll have toask *me*, Winky Willy".
  7. If someone asks a question, walk silently over to their seat, hand them your piece of chalk, and ask, "Would YOU like to give the lecture, Mr. Smartypants?"
  8. Pick out random students, ask them questions, and time their responses with a stop watch. Record their times in your grade book while muttering "tsk, tsk".
  9. Ask students to call you "Tinkerbell" or "Surfin' Bird".
 10. Stop in mid-lecture, frown for a moment, and then ask the class whether your butt looks fat.
 11. Play "Kumbaya" on the banjo.
 12. Show a video on medieval torture implements to your calculus class. Giggle throughout it.
 13. Announce "you'll need this", and write the suicide prevention hotline number on the board.
 14. Wear mirrored sunglasses and speak only in Turkish. Ignore all questions.
 15. Start the lecture by dancing and lip-syncing to James Brown's "Sex Machine."
 16. Ask occassional questions, but mutter "as if you gibbering simps would know" and move on before anyone can answer.
 17. Ask the class to read Jenkins through Johnson of the local phone book by the next lecture.aguely imply that there will be a quiz.
 18. Have one of your graduate students sprinkle flower petals ahead of you as you pace back and forth.
 19. Address students as "worm".
 20. Announce to students that their entire grades will be based on a single-question oral final exam. Imply that this could happen at any moment.
 21. Turn off the lights, play a tape of crickets chirping, and begin singing spirituals.
 22. Ask for a volunteer for a demonstration. Ask them to fill out a waiver as you put on a lead apron and light a blowtorch.
 23. Point the overhead projector at the class. Demand each student's name, rank, and serial number.
 24. Begin class by smashing the neck off a bottle of vodka, and announce that the lecture's over when the bottle's done.
 25. Have a band waiting in the corner of the room. When anyone asks a question, have the band start playing and sing an Elvis song.
 26. Every so often, freeze in mid sentence and stare off into space for several minutes. After a long, awkward silence, resume your sentence and proceed normally.
 27. Wear a "virtual reality" helmet and strange gloves. When someone asks a question, turn in their direction and make throttling motions with your hands.
 28. Mention in passing that you're wearing rubber underwear.
 29. Growl constantly and address students as "matey".
 30. Devote your math lecture to free verse about your favorite numbers and ask students to "sit back and groove".
 31. Announce that last year's students have almost finished their class projects.
 32. Inform your English class that they need to know Fortran and code all their essays. Deliver a lecture on output format statements.
 33. Bring a small dog to class. Tell the class he's named "Boogers McGee" and is your "mascot". Whenever someone asks a question, walk over to the dog and ask it, "What'll be, McGee?"
 34. Wear a feather boa and ask students to call you "Snuggles".
 35. Tell your math students that they must do all their work in a base 11 number system. Use a complicated symbol you've named after yourself in place of the number 10 and threaten to fail students who don't use it.
 36. Claim to be a chicken. Squat, cluck, and produce eggs at irregular intervals.
 37. Bring a CPR dummy to class and announce that it will be the teaching assistant for the semester. Assign it an office and office hours.
 38. Have a grad student in a black beret pluck at a bass while you lecture.
 39. Sprint from the room in a panic if you hear sirens outside.
 40. Give an opening monologue. Take two minute "commercial breaks" every ten minutes.
 41. Tell students that you'll fail them if they cheat on exams or "fake the funk".
 42. Announce that you need to deliver two lectures that day, and deliver them in rapid-fire auctioneer style.
 43. Pass out dental floss to students and devote the lecture to oral hygiene.
 44. Announce that the entire 32-volume Encyclopedia Britannica will be required reading for your class. Assign a report on Volume 1, Aardvark through Armenia, for next class.
 45. Ask students to list their favorite showtunes on a signup sheet. Criticize their choices and make notes in your grade book.
 46. Sneeze on students in the front row and wipe your nose on your tie.
 47. Warn students that they should bring a sack lunch to exams.
 48. Refer frequently to students who died while taking your class.
 49. Show up to lecture in a ventilated clean suit. Advise students to keep their distance for their own safety and mutter something about "that bug I picked up in the field".
 50. Jog into class, rip the textbook in half, and scream, "Are you pumped? ARE YOU PUMPED? I CAN'T HEEEEEEAR YOU!"

21 Ways To Annoy People

    Insist on keeping your car windshield wipers running in all weather conditions "to keep them tuned up".
    Reply to everything someone says with "that's what YOU think."
    Declare your apartment an independent nation, and sue your neighbors upstairs for "violating your airspace".
    Forget the punchline to a long joke, but assure the listener it was a "real hoot".
    Follow a few paces behind someone, spraying everything they touch with a can of Lysol.
    Highlight irrelevant information in scientific papers and copy them to your boss.
    Make beeping noises when a large person backs up.
    Invent nonsense computer jargon in conversations, and see if people play along to avoid the appearance of ignorance.
    Finish all your sentences with the words "in accordance with prophesy."
    Wear a special hip holster for your remote control.
    Do not add any inflection to the end of your sentences, producing awkward silences with the impression that you'll be saying more any moment.
    Disassemble your pen and "accidently" flip the ink cartridge across the room.
    Give a play-by-play account of a person's every action in a nasal Howard Cossell voice.
    Specify that your drive-through order is "to go".
    Learn Morse code, and have conversations with friends in public consisting entirely of "Beeeep Bip Bip Beeeep Bip..."
    In the memo field of all your checks, write "for sensual massage".
    If you have a glass eye, tap on it occasionally with your pen while talking to others.
    Start each meal by conspicuously licking all your food, and announce that this is so no one will "swipe your grub".
    Leave the copy machine set to reduce 200%, extra dark, 17 inch paper,99 copies.
    Leave your turn signal on for fifty miles.
    Name your dog "Dog".


This is an actual extract from a home economics book printed in the 60's.The Good Wives Guide

Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready, on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favourite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.

Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.

Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it. !!!!!!!!!!

Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives. Gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper,etc. and then run a dustcloth over the tables.

Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering for his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.

Minimise all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise quiet. of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet. Be happy to see him.

Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.

Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first - remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.

Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you. Instead try to understand his world of strain and pressure, and his very real need to be at home and relax.

Your goal. Try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order and tranquillity where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.

Don't greet him with complaints and problems.

Don't complain if he's late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.

Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have him lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low soothing and pleasant voice.

Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgement or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him. A good wife always knows her place.

These are some winners of the "worst analogies ever written in a high school essay"
contest run by the Washington Post:

"She caught your eye like one of those pointy hook latches that used to dangle from screen doors and would fly up whenever you banged the door open again."

"The little boat gently drifted accross the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't."

"Mcbride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a hefty bag filled with vegetable soup."

"From the attic came an unearthly howl. the whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and Jeopardy" comes on at 7pm instead of 7:30."

"Her hair glistened in the rain like nose hair after a sneeze."

"Her eyes were like two brown circles with big black dots in the center."

"Bob was perplexed as a hacker who means to access >> T:flw.quid55328.com/aaakk/ch@ung but gets T\flw.quidaaakk/ch@ung by mistake"

"Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever."

"He was as tall as a six-foot-three-inch tree."

"The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease."

"Her date was pleasant enough, but she knew that if her life was a movie this guy would be buried in the credits as something like 'Second Tall Man'."

"The politician was gone but unnoticed, like the period after Dr. on a Dr Pepper can."

"They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled nancy kerrigan's teeth."

"John and Mary had never met. they were like two hummingbirds who had also never met."

"The red brick wall was the color of a brick-red crayola crayon."

"Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left cleveland at 6:30 pm traveling at 55mph, the other from topeka at 4:19pm at 35mph."

"The thunder was ominous-sounding, much like the sound of a thin sheet of metal being shaken backstage during the storm scene in a play."

"His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free."


Click on this link and enter your age - it comes up with a list  of events and how you relate to them.


1. Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.
2. The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had.
3. A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
4. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks, otherwise it will digest itself.
5. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
6. The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.
7. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top.
8. Susan Lucci is the daughter of Phyllis Diller.
9. A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.
10. A duck's quack doesn't echo. No one knows why.
11. A 2x4 isn't. It's 1-1/2 x 3-1/2
12. 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.
13. Every person has a unique tongue print.
14. The 'spot' on 7UP comes from its inventor who had red eyes. He was albino.
15. 315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.
16. During the chariot scene in 'Ben Hur' a small red car can be seen in the distance.
17. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.
18. John Wilkes Booth's brother once saved the life of Abraham Lincoln's son.
19. Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine are brother and sister.
20. Chocolate kills dogs! True, chocolate effects a dog's heart and nervous system, a few ounces is enough to kill a small sized dog.
21. Daniel Boone detested coonskin caps.
22. Playing cards were issued to British pilots in WWII. If captured, they could be soaked in water and unfolded to reveal a map for escape.
23. Most lipstick contains fish scales.
24. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.
25. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.
26. Dr. Seuss actually pronounced Seuss such that it sounded like Sue-ice.
27. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.
28. Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.
29. During the California Gold Rush of 1849, miners sent their laundry to Honolulu for washing and pressing. Due to the extremely high costs in California during these boom years it was deemed more feasible to send the
shirts to Hawaii for servicing.
30. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class.
31. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
32. The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.
33. Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and lower, because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the 'upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, 'lower case' letters.
34. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.
35. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple, and silver!
36. The numbers '172' can be found on the back of the U.S. $5 dollar bill in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.
37. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan, there was never a recorded Wendy before!
38. The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
39. There are four cars and eleven lightposts on the back of a $10 dollar bill.
40. Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors, also, it took him 10 years to paint Mona Lisa's lips.
41. If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.
42. Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to SLOW a film down so you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm.
43. If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.
44. The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the USA'
45. The mask used by Michael Myers in the original Halloween was actually a Captain Kirk mask painted white.
46. The original name for the butterfly was 'flutterby'!
47. The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
48. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time the most known player on the market was the Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.
49. Roses MAY Be red, but violets ARE, indeed, violet.
50. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you can't sink in quicksand.
51. Casey Kasem is the voice of Shaggy on Scooby-Doo and Robin on the Superfriends.
52. Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.
53. Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look alike contest.
54. In Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift described the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, giving their exact size and speeds of rotation. He did this more than 100 years before either moon was discovered.
55. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!
56. Sherlock Holmes NEVER said Elementary, my dear Watson.
57. An old law in Bellingham, Wash., made it illegal for a woman to take more than 3 steps backwards while dancing.
58. Sharon Stone was the first Star Search spokesmodel.
59. The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.
60. Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.
61. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.
62. Back in the mid to late 80's, an IBM compatible computer wasn't considered a hundred percent compatible unless it could run Microsoft's Flight Simulator.
63. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
'Last Photo' from atop the World Trade Center

Different Perspective on the New York Tragedy

This is a picture that was taken of a tourist atop the World Trade Center Tower, the first to be struck by a terrorist attack. This camera was found but the subject in the picture had not yet been located. 

Comments:   One inevitable byproduct of a disaster of the enormity of the September 11 attacks is the dissemination of sick jokes that seem to make light of human tragedy. The so-called "Tourist Guy" is one of the first clear-cut examples related to this event. The photo and accompanying text (circulating in various versions) are fake.

It's a bit on the small side, but if you look closely at the picture you can just make out a panoramic view of Midtown Manhattan behind the blissfully unaware subject, indicating that the photographer  is facing north. Only one of the planes that hit the World Trade Center on September 11 approached from that direction: the first, American Airlines Flight #11, which struck the north tower (One World Trade) at 8:45 a.m.  The trouble is, the  north tower had no rooftop observation deck such as pictured here. Even if it had, it wouldn't have been open to tourists at that hour.

  • You have but to ponder these further discrepancies to demolish the photo's credibility completely:
  • Why isn't the fast-moving aircraft blurry in the photo?
  • Why doesn't the subject (or the photographer, for that matter) seem to be aware of the plane's high-decibel approach?
  • The temperature was between 65 and 70 degrees that morning. Why is this man dressed for winter?
  • How did the camera survive the 110-story fall when the tower collapsed?
  • How was the camera found so quickly amidst all the rubble?
  • Why has this one-of-a-kind, newsworthy photo not appeared in any media venue?

  • As to the question of why anyone would invent a hoax as gruesome and insensitive as this in the first place, I would simply point out that the emergence of sick jokes is more the rule than the exception in the wake of tragic events such as this. Much as we might not like to accept it, the behavior is common and reflects a perennial aspect of human nature and one way people cope with the unthinkable. The example before us shows how, in the words of folklorist Alan Dundes, "one person's tragedy may become a point of projection or catharsis for the fears and anxieties of others. Remember, people joke about only what is most serious."

    With thousands of people said missing and presumed dead as of this writing, it doesn't get much more serious than this. 

    1. "As of tomorrow, employees will only be able to access the building using individual security cards. Pictures will be taken next Wednesday and employees will receive their cards in two weeks." (This was the winning quote from Fred Dales at Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, WA.)

    2. "What I need is a list of specific unknown problems we will encounter."  (Lykes Lines Shipping)

    3. "E-mail is not to be used to pass on information or data. It should be used only for company business." (Accounting manager, Electric Boat Company)

    4. "This project is so important, we can't let things that are more important interfere with it." (Advertising/Marketing manager, United Parcel Service)

    5. "Doing it right" is no excuse for not meeting the schedule.

    6. "No one will believe you solved this problem in one day! We've been working on it for months. Now, go act busy for a few weeks and I'll let you know when it's time to tell them." (R&D supervisor, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing/3M Corp.)

    7. "My Boss spent the entire weekend retyping a 25-page proposal that only needed corrections. She claims the disk I gave her was damaged and she couldn't edit it. The disk I gave her was write-protected." (CIO of Dell Computers)

    8. Quote from the Boss: "Teamwork is a lot of people doing what I say." (Marketing executive, Citrix Corporation)

    9. My sister passed away and her funeral was scheduled for Monday. When I told my Boss, he said she died on purpose so that I would have to miss work on the busiest day of the year. He then asked if we could change her burial to Friday. He said, "That would be better for me." (Shipping executive, FTD Florists)

    10. "We know that communication is a problem, but the company is not going to discuss it with the employees."
    (Switching supervisor, AT&T Long Lines Division)

    11. We recently received a memo from senior management saying: "This is to inform you that a memo will be issued today regarding the memo mentioned above."
    (Microsoft, Legal Affairs Division)

    12. One day my Boss asked me to submit a status report to him concerning a project I was working on. I asked him if tomorrow would be soon enough. He said, "If I wanted it tomorrow, I would have waited until tomorrow to ask for it!"
    (New business manager, Hallmark Greeting Cards)

    13. And the winner!!  As director of communications, I was asked to prepare a memo reviewing our company's training programs and materials. In the body of the memo in one of the sentences I mentioned the "pedagogical approach" used by one of the training manuals. The day after I routed the memo to the executive committee, I was called into the HR director's office, and told that the executive vice president wanted me out of the building by lunch.

    When I asked why, I was told that she wouldn't stand for perverts (pedophiles?) working in her company. Finally, he showed me her copy of the memo, with her demand that I be fired-and the word "pedagogical" circled in red.

    The HR manager was fairly reasonable, and once he looked the word up in his dictionary and made a copy of the definition to send back to her, he told me not to worry. He would take care of it. Two days later, a memo to the entire staff came out directing us that no words, which could not be found in the local Sunday newspaper could be used in company memos. A
    month later, I resigned.

    In accordance with company policy, I created my resignation memo by pasting words together from the Sunday paper.
    (Taco Bell Corporation)

    Work Vs Prison

    Just in case you ever got the two mixed up. This should make things a bit more clear.

    IN PRISON...you spend the majority of your time in an 8X10 cell.
    AT WORK... you spend the majority of your time in a 6X8 cubicle.

    IN PRISON...you get three meals a day.
    AT WORK...you only get a break for one meal and you pay for it.

    IN PRISON...you get time off for good behavior.
    AT WORK...you get more work for good behavior.

    IN PRISON...the guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you.
    AT WORK...you must carry around a security card and open all the doors for

    IN PRISON...you can watch TV and play games.
    AT WORK...you get fired for watching TV and playing games.

    IN PRISON...you get your own toilet.
    AT WORK...you have to share with some idiot who pees on the seat.

    IN PRISON...they allow your family and friends to visit.
    AT WORK...you can't even speak to your family.

    IN PRISON! ...all expenses are paid by the taxpayers with no work required.
    AT WORK...you get to pay all the expenses to go to work and then they deduct
    taxes from your salary to pay for prisoners.

    IN PRISON...you spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get out.
    AT WORK...you spend most of your time wanting to get out and go inside bars.

    IN PRISON...you must deal with sadistic wardens.
    AT WORK...they are called managers.

    So............... why is it again that we work?

    Regarding job layoffs in the Canada.
    Joe Smith started the day early having set his alarm clock (MADE IN JAPAN) for 6 a.m. While his coffeepot (MADE IN CHINA) was perking, he shaved with his electric razor (MADE IN HONG KONG). He put on a dress shirt (MADE IN SRI LANKA), designer jeans (MADE IN SING APORE) and tennis shoes (MADE IN KOREA).

    After cooking his breakfast in his new electric skillet (MADE IN INDIA) he sat down with his calculator (MADE IN MEXICO) to see how much he could spend today. After setting his watch (MADE IN TAIWAN) to the radio (MADE IN INDIA) he got in his car (MADE IN GERMANY) and continued his search for a good paying CANADIAN JOB.

    At the end of yet another discouraging and fruitless day, Joe decided to relax for a while. He put on his sandals (MADE IN BRAZIL) poured himself a glass of wine (MADE IN FRANCE) and turned on his TV (MADE IN INDONESIA), and then wondered why he can't find a good paying job in ......CANADA.....

    A Poem for Computer Use

    A computer was something on TV
    From a science fiction show of note
    A window was something you hated to clean
    And ram was the father of a goat.

    Meg was the name of my girlfriend
    And gig was a job for the nights
    Now they all mean different things
    And that really mega bytes.

    An application was for employment
    A program was a TV show
    A cursor used profanity
    A keyboard was a piano.

    A Memory was something that you lost with age
    A CD was a bank account
    And if you had a 3-in. floppy
    You hoped nobody found out

    Compress was something you did to the garbage
    Not something you did to a file
    And if you unzipped anything in public
    You'd be in jail for a while.

    Log on was adding wood to the fire
    Hard drive was a long trip on the road
    A mouse pad was where a mouse lived
    And a backup happened to your commode.

    Cut you did with a pocket knife
    Paste you did with glue
    A web was a spider's home
    And a virus was the flu.

    I guess I'll stick to my pad and paper
    And the memory in my head.
    I hear nobody's been killed in a computer crash
    But when it happens they wish they were dead


    You have two cows. Your neighbour has none.You feel guilty for being successful. You vote people into office who put a tax on your cows, forcing you to sell one to raise money to pay the tax. The people you voted for then
    take the tax money, buy a cow and give it to your neighbour. You feel righteous. Barbara Streisand sings for you.

    You have two cows. The government takes one and gives it to your neighbour. You form a co-operative to tell him how to manage his cow.

    You have two cows. Your neighbour has none. So?

    You have two cows. The government seizes both and provides you with milk. You wait in line for hours to get it. It is expensive and sour.


    You have two cows. You sell one, buy a bull, and build a herd of cows.

    You have two cows. The government taxes you to the point you have to sell both to support a man in a foreign country who has only one cow, which was a gift from your government.

    You have two cows. The government takes them both, shoots one, milks the other, pays you for the milk, then pours the milk down the drain.

    You have two cows. You sell one, lease it back to yourself and do an IPO on the 2nd one. You force the 2 cows to produce the milk of four cows. You are surprised when one cow drops dead. You spin an announcement to the analysts stating you have downsized and are reducing expenses. Your stock goes up.

    You have two cows. You go on strike because you want three cows. You go to lunch. Life is good.

    You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. They learn to travel on unbelievably crowded trains. Most are at the top of their class at cow

    You have two cows. You reengineer them so they are all blond, drink lots of beer, give excellent quality milk, and run a hundred miles an hour. Unfortunately they also demand 13 weeks of vacation per year.

    You have two cows but you don't know where they are. While ambling around, you see a beautiful woman. You break for lunch. Life is good.

    You have two cows. You count them and learn you have five cows. You have some more vodka. You count them again and learn you have 42 cows. You count them again and learn you have 12 cows.You stop counting cows and open another bottle of vodka. You produce your 10th, 5-year plan in the last 3 months. The Mafia shows up and takes over how ever many cows you really have.

    You have all the cows in Afghanistan, which is two. You don't milk them because you cannot touch any creature's private parts.You kill them and claim a US bomb blew them up while they were in the hospital.

    You have two bulls. Employees are regularly maimed and killed attempting to milk them.

    You have a black cow and a brown cow. Everyone votes for the best looking one. Some of the people who like the brown one best vote for the black one. Some people vote for both. Some people vote for neither. Some people can't figure out how to vote at all. Finally, a bunch of guys from out-of-state tell you which is the best looking one.

    You have fifteen million cows. You have to choose which one will be the leader of the herd, so you pick some fat cow from Arkansas

    1. Everyone has a photographic memory. Some people don't have film.
    2. He who laughs last, thinks slowest.
    3. A day without sunshine is like, well, night.
    4. On the other hand, you have different fingers.
    5. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
    6. Back up my hard drive? How do I put it in reverse?
    7. I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.
    8. When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty.
    9. Seen it all, done it all, can't remember most of it.
    10. Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.
    11. I feel like I'm diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
    12. He's not dead. He's electroencephalographically challenged.
    13. She's always late. Her ancestors arrived on the Juneflower.
    14. You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be misquoted then used against you.
    15. I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.
    16. Honk if you love peace and quiet.
    17. Pardon my driving. I'm reloading.
    18. Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how it remains so popular?
    19. Nothing is fool proof to a sufficiently talented fool.
    20. It is hard to understand how a cemetery raised its burial costs and blamed it on the high cost of living.
    21. Just remember...if the world didn't suck, we'd all fall off.
    22. The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.
    23. It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world end to end, someone would be stupid enough to try and pass them.
    24. You can't have everything, where would you put it?
    25. Latest survey shows that 3 out of 4 people make up 75% of the world's population.
    26. If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.
    27. The things that come to those that wait may be the things left by those who got there first.
    28. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish  and he will sit in a boat all day drinking beer.
    29. Flashlight: A case for holding dead batteries.
    30. Shin: A device for finding furniture.
    31. As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in public schools.
    32. A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.
    33. It was recently discovered that research causes cancer in rats.
    34. Everybody lies, but it doesn't matter since nobody listens.
    35. I wished the buck stopped here; I could use a few.
    36. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.
    37. When you go into court you are putting yourself in the hands of 12 people that weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.
    38. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.


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