Volume 9
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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A Student's Personal Journal
Relating to the BU Education Grad Study Program (1990/1991)
Bill Hillman has had a decades-long and unique relationship with Brandon College/University. Since enrolling as a student in 1961 he has earned all his degrees on this campus and has worked here as a prof since 2001, teaching a variety of courses for BUNTEP, PENT, and eventually as a full-time Assistant Professor for the BU Faculty of Education. 

He was the first Canadian student to receive a BU Education Masters Degree in 1991. During that marathon "masters year," at the urging of Dr. Robin Enns, he kept a daily eclectic personal journal drawing upon each day's experiences: family & social activities, ongoing commitments as a full-time high school teacher, the nightly 250-km commute, the post-grad courses, thesis work, etc. All of this was created on computer, five years before the Internet and 15 years before blogging entered most of our lives. Now that the Education post-graduate program is well-established, some might find it fascinating to look back on that first year of the program from a student's perspective. Hillman shares excerpts from this very long document in The Telecaster Journals, featured at:

See seaQuest from the Hillman Telecaster Journals
Quotations 3 
Each bird loves to hear himself sing.
          -- Arapaho Proverb

Many people would be more truthful were it not for their uncontrollable desire to talk.
          -- Edgar Watson Howe 

A turkey never voted for an early Christmas.
          -- Irish Proverb

Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else.
          -- Will Rogers 

Love is like a baby; it needs to be treated tenderly.
          -- African Proverb

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.
          -- Victor Hugo 

Help yourself and God will help you.
          -- Dutch Proverb

God is not a cosmic bellboy for whom we can press a button to get things done.
          -- Harry Emerson Fosdick 

Fortune's wheel is ever turning.
          -- Polish Proverb

We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
          -- Joseph Campbell 

We judge others by their acts, but ourselves by our intentions.
          -- American Proverb

Well done is better than well said.
          -- Benjamin Franklin

True friendship is one soul shared by two bodies.
          -- Mexican Proverb

A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.
          -- Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Were there no fools, there would be no wise men.
          -- German Proverb

Nothing is more like a wise man than a fool who holds his tongue.
          -- St. Francis de Sales 

Whoever enjoys his life is doing the Creator's will.
          -- Jewish Proverb

If there is another world, he lives in bliss. If there is none, he made the best of this.
          -- Robert Burns 

After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box.
          -- Italian Proverb

As men, we are all equal in the presence of death.
          -- Publilius Syrus 

Coffee and love are best when they're hot.
          -- German Proverb

A good marriage is like a casserole: only those
     involved actually know what goes into it.

Talking about bulls is not the same as facing them in the ring.
          -- Mexican Proverb

He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
          -- Jonathan Swift

The beginning of sin is sweet; its end is bitter.
          -- Japanese Proverb

Man is the only animal that blushes.  Or needs to.
          -- Mark Twain

Ignorance is a voluntary misfortune.
          -- Italian Proverb

Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
          -- Will Rogers

Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf.
          -- Native American Proverb

The less you talk, the more you're listened to.
          -- Abigail Van Buren

As you do, so will be done to you.
          -- Jewish Proverb

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
          -- Thomas A. Edison

All things are difficult before they are easy.
          -- Italian Proverb

From error to error one discovers the entire truth.
          -- Sigmund Freud

Blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed.
          -- American Proverb

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.
          -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who lies once is never believed again.
          -- Polish Proverb

Of all feats of skill, the most difficult is that of being honest.
          -- Marie de Beausacq

A clear conscience sleeps during thunder.
          -- Jamaican Proverb

A clear conscience makes a soft pillow.
          -- Roadside Church Sign 

Charity sees the need; not the cause.
          -- German Proverb

Real charity doesn't care if it's tax-deductible or not.
          -- Dan Bennett 

Say only a little but say it well.
          -- Celtic Proverb

Feeling is the language of the soul.
          -- Neale Donald Walsch 

Prayer is food for the soul.
          -- American Proverb

Prayer is the mortar that holds our house together.
          -- Mother Teresa 

A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle.
          -- Japanese Proverb

When the webs of the spider join, they can trap a lion.
          -- Ethiopian Proverb 

You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once.
          -- Polish Proverb

Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.
          -- Harold S. Hulbert 

There is no bad patience.
          -- Swahili Proverb

He that can have patience can have what he will.
          -- Benjamin Franklin 

As we live, so we learn.
          -- Yiddish Proverb

He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.
          -- Friedrich Nietzsche

Prayer is a wish turned upward.
          -- American Proverb

Prayer is the language of the heart.
          -- Grace Aguilar

A promise is a debt.
          -- Irish Proverb

He who is slowest in making a promise is most faithful in its performance.
          -- Jean Jacques Rousseau 

Zeal without knowledge is like fire without light.
          -- English Proverb

The longest journey is the journey inward.
          -- Dag Hammarskjold 

It is not necessary to light a candle to the sun.
          -- Chinese Proverb

The soul can split the sky in two, And let the face of God shine through.
          -- Edna St. Vincent Millay 

Opportunities, like eggs, come one at a time.
          -- American Proverb

Opportunity is a bird that never perches.
          -- Claude McDonald

God does not pay weekly, but he pays at the end.
          -- Dutch Proverb

Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small;
Though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds he all.
          -- Friedrich von Logau 

He who would do great things should not attempt them all alone.
          -- Seneca Proverb

The biggest things are always the easiest to do because there is no competition.
          -- William Van Horne 

In this world, nothing is permanent except change.
          -- American Proverb

Would that life were like the shadow cast by a wall or a tree, but it is like the shadow of a  bird in flight.
          -- The Talmud 

A lie travels farther than the truth.
          -- Irish Proverb

Truth always lags last, limping along on the arm of Time.
          -- Baltasar Gracian 

A soft answer turneth away wrath.
          -- Dutch Proverb

Many people lose their tempers merely from seeing you keep yours.
          -- Frank Moore Colby 

A good conscience is a continual feast.
          -- English Proverb

Conscience is God's presence in man.
          -- Emanuel Swedenborg

The clothes hide the blemish.
          -- Yiddish Proverb

He is ill clothed that is bare of virtue.
          -- Benjamin Franklin

He that lies on the floor doesn't fall down.
          -- Norwegian Proverb

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
          -- Beverly Sills

Do not rejoice over what has not yet happened.
          -- Egyptian Proverb

Fate rules the affairs of mankind with no recognizable order.
          -- Seneca

First mend yourself, and then mend others.
          -- Jewish Proverb

Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain - and most do.
          -- Dale Carnegie

No one is rich enough to do without a neighbor.
          -- Danish Proverb

The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.
          -- Hubert H. Humphrey

Words are like bullets; if they escape, you can't catch them again.
          -- African Proverb

Words are as beautiful as wild horses, and sometimes as difficult to corral.
          -- Ted Berkman

A person should want to live, if only out of curiosity.
          -- Yiddish Proverb

A sense of curiosity is nature's original school of education.
          -- Smiley Blanton, MD

As thou valuest yourself, others will esteem thee.
          -- Gaelic Proverb

Don't compromise yourself.  You are all you've got.
          -- Janis Joplin

Any plan is bad that cannot be changed.
          -- Italian Proverb

There is nothing permanent except change.
          -- Heraclitus

Money lent to a friend must be recovered from
     an enemy.
          -- German Proverb

The borrower is servant to the lender.
          -- Proverbs 22:7

If charity costs nothing, the world would be full of philanthropists.
          -- Yiddish Proverb

We'd all like a reputation for generosity, and we'd all like to buy it cheap.
          -- Mignon McLaughlin

Eat and drink with your relatives; do business with strangers.
          -- Greek Proverb

Business?  It's quite simple.  It's other people's money.
          -- Alexandre Dumas the Younger

If you don't aspire to great things, you won't attain small things.
          -- Jewish Proverb

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.
          -- Gandhi

Other people's troubles are bearable.
          -- Yiddish Proverb

One man's wage rise is another man's price increase.
          -- Harold Wilson

Be the first to the field and the last to the couch.
          -- Chinese Proverb

The only place where success comes before work is a dictionary.
          -- Vidal Sassoon

Bygone troubles are a pleasure to talk about.
          -- Yiddish Proverb

Nothing lasts forever - not even your troubles.
          -- Arnold H. Glasow

With reasonable men I will reason,
With humane men I will plead,
But tyrants I will give no quarter,
Nor waste words where they will surely be lost. 
A man was hanged for saying what was true.
          -- Italian Proverb

In every generation there has to be some fool who will speak the truth as he sees it.
          -- Boris Pasternak

By asking for the impossible we obtain the possible.
          -- Italian Proverb

The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
          -- Arthur C. Clarke

Do not cut down the tree that gives you shade.
          -- Persian Proverb

Do not spit in the well - you may be thirsty by and by.
          -- Russian Proverb

Injure others, injure yourself.
          -- Chinese Proverb

Injuries may be forgiven, but not forgotten.
          -- Aesop

A black hen lays a white egg.
          -- French Proverb

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
          -- Socrates

In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken," and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.
-- Carl Sagan
"I don't want to believe, I want to know".
Carl Sagan.
"If we're absolutely sure that our beliefs are right, and those of others wrong; that we are motivated by good, and others by evil; that the King of  the Universe speaks to us, and not to adherents of very different faiths; that it is wicked to challenge conventional doctrines or to ask searching questions; that our main job is to believe and obey - then the witch mania will recur in its infinite variations down to the time of the last man." --Carl Sagan, The Demon Haunted World

Every adult needs a child to teach; it's the way adults learn.
        -- Frank A. Clark

Every judgment teeters on the brink of error. To claim absolute knowledge is to become monstrous. Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty.  - Frank Herbert

"Don't believe the world owes you a living; the world owes you nothing - it was here first."- Mark Twain

"To be good is noble; but to show others how to be good is nobler and no trouble."- Mark Twain,

"With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."
- Steven Weinberg, quoted in The New York Times, April 20, 1999

"Never explain - your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe it anyhow."- Elbert Hubbard

"I am a part of all I have read." -- John Kieran

"Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy."- Anne Frank

"The higher man hangs his goals, the higher they grow."
       Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805); German poet.

"Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others."
        Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894); Scottish author, poet.

"The secret of happiness is something to do."- John Burroughs

Bigfoot a big hoax:
Fabled ape a wife in a gorilla suit
Michael Higgins ~ National Post
Bigfoot?The family of the man who first brought Bigfoot to public attention has revealed how he fooled the world for decades with wood carvings to create "footprints" and by filming his wife in an ape suit. Ray Wallace, 84, died last month from heart failure and his family have now revealed that Bigfoot was nothing but a hoax. "The reality is, Bigfoot just died," his son, Michael, said.

Some experts on the American Abominable Snowman had for years questioned Mr. Wallace's amazingly close relationship to the creature. In August, 1958, a bulldozer operator who worked for Mr. Wallace's construction company in Humboldt County, Calif., found huge footprints circling and then leading away from his rig. The Humboldt Times newspaper in Eureka, Calif., coined the term Bigfoot in a front-page story about the phenomenon and a myth w as born.

Over the years, Mr. Wallace took pictures and 16mm film of Bigfoot engaged in numerous activities, among them a pregnant Bigfoot sitting on a log, a Bigfoot throwing stones and a Bigfoot eating frogs. Mark Chorvinsky, editor of Strange magazine, investigated the "pregnant Bigfoot" and in a skeptical 1994 article posed the question, "Is the 'creature' in the photograph a 'real Bigfoot' or a 'guy-in-a-suit?' "

It now appears it was most likely a "gal-in-a-suit." Mr. Wallace's family revealed many of the photographs were in fact relatives -- usually his wife, Elna -- dressed in a hairy ape suit with giant feet stuck to the bottom. Mr. Wallace created the original tracks in 1958 when he asked a friend to carve 40-centimetre-long feet. He and his brother, Wilbur, then wore them to create the Bigfoot prints. The most famous evidence for Bigfoot's existence, the so-called Patterson film, a grainy, cinefilm image of an erect ape-like creature, was taken by Roger Patterson, a rodeo rider, in 1967. Mr. Wallace said he told Mr. Patterson where to spot a Bigfoot near Bluff Creek, Calif., Mr. Chorvinsky said.

"The fact is, there was no Bigfoot in popular consciousness before 1958," Mr. Chorvinsky said. "America got its own monster, its own Abominable Snowman, thanks to Ray Wallace." "He did it for the joke and then he was afraid to tell anyone because they'd be so mad at him," said Mr. Wallace's nephew, Dale Lee Wallace. But Jeff Meldrum, an associate professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University, said he has casts of 40 to 50 footprints he believes were made by authentic unknown primates. "To suggest all these are explained by simple carved feet strapped to boots just doesn't wash," Mr. Meldrum said, citing 19th-century accounts of such a creature.

       © Copyright  National Post

As we know, math is the key to unlock the great mysteries of the universe...
...here's a recent solution.
Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%?
We have all been to those meetings where someone wants over 100%.
How about achieving 103%?
Here's a little math that might prove helpful.

What makes life 100%?
Let's use mathematics and logic to figure it out!


  A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

  is represented as

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26


  H A R D W O R K
  8 +1 +18 +4 +23+ 15+ 18 +11 = 98%

  K N O W L E D G E
  11+ 14 +15+ 23+ 12+5 +4 +7+ 5 = 96%


  A T T I T U D E
  1 +20 +20 +9 +20+ 21 +4 +5 = 100%


  B U L L S H I T
  2 +21 +12 +12+ 19+ 8 +9 +20 = 103%

  It stands to reason that hard work and knowledge will get you close,
attitude will get you there, but bullshit will put you over the top.
  So, the next time someone claims to be giving over 100%,
you know what they are doing!!!

IQ Test
1.  If you divide 30 by 1/2 and add 10, what do you have?

2.  Seven months of the year have 31 days; how many months have 28 days?

3.  A doctor gives you 3 pills with instructions to take one every half hour. How many minutes would the pills last?

4.  A farmer has 15 pigs, all but 9 die. How many does he have left?

5.  Carl the butcher wears a size 12 shoe, is 6 feet 3 inches tall and wears a 42 long suit. What does he weigh?

6.  A man takes a barrel that weighs 50 pounds, and then puts something in it. It now weighs less than 50 pounds. What did he put in it?

7.  Twelve pears hanging high, 12 men passing by. Each took a pear and left eleven hanging there. How can this be?

8.  What runs around a house but doesn't move?

9.  If one child has 5 2/3 sand piles and another has 2 1/3, and you combine them, how many sand piles do you have?

10. Your mother's brother's only brother-in-law is asleep on your couch. Who is asleep on your couch?

11. What runs but cannot walk?

12. Joe was out for a walk and it started to rain. He did not have an umbrella and he wasn't wearing a hat. His clothes were soaked, yet not a single hair on his head got wet. How could this happen?

13. According to recent studies, how many birthday does the average person have?

14. How much dirt is in a hole that has a dimension of 6 feet long x 3 feet wide x 4 feet high?

15. An electric train is traveling South at 70 mph, the wind is blowing 30 mph to the East. Which direction is the smoke going to travel?

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ANSWERS  -  Now don't peek!  Make sure to answer all of them first! (HiLite by dragging your mouse)

1. 70
2. 12 months
3. 60 minutes
4. 9 pigs
5. He weighs meat
6. He put a hole in it
7. Each was the name of one of the man passing by
8. A fence
9. 1 sand pile
10. Your father
11. Water
12. Joe is bald
13. 1 birthday
14. None.
15. Electric trains don't blow smoke.

Excerpts from employee performance evaluations

"The wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead."

"Takes him two hours to watch '60 Minutes'."

"Some drink from the fountain of knowledge; he only gargled."

"One neuron short of a synapse."

"It's hard to believe that he beat out 1,000,000 other sperm."

"If you stand close enough to him, you can hear the ocean."

"If you gave him a penny for his thoughts, you'd get change."

"If he were any more stupid, he'd have to be watered twice a week."

"The gates are down, the lights are flashing, but the train isn't coming."

"Donated his brain to science before he was done using it."

"A prime candidate for natural de-selection."

"Has a photographic memory but with the lens cover glued on."

"If you see two people talking and one looks bored, he's the other one."

"He brings a lot of joy whenever he leaves the room."

"When his I.Q. reaches 50, he should sell."

"He would argue with a sign post."

"I'd like to go hunting with him sometime."

"He doesn't have ulcers, but he's a carrier."

"Got a full six-pack, but lacks the plastic thing to hold it all together."

"This employee should go far, and the sooner he starts, the better."

"This employee is depriving a village somewhere of an idiot."

"He sets low personal standards and then consistently fails to achieve them."

"This young lady has delusions of adequacy."

"He would be out of his depth in a parking lot puddle."

"When she opens her mouth, it's only to change feet."

"Works well when under constant supervision and cornered like a rat in a trap."

"This employee is not really so much of a has-been, but more of a definite won't be."

"I would not allow this employee to breed."

"Since my last report, this employee has reached rock bottom and has started to dig." 

Impossible Triangle
Impossible Triangle
Think you can build this?

Is it moving and shimmering?
Look at this illusion for a while and it will appear to be shimmering and moving. Also: Follow the outermost groove and watch it change from a groove to a hump as you go around the wheel. 
Please wait a moment until the spiral has finished loading. When it's spinning smoothly, stare at the center of the spiral for about a minute. Then look at the back of your hand... It will appear to be twitching & moving, as though bugs were crawling under your skin! 

Right side up it's a giant bird... 
Upside down it's a guy catching a big fish...

Who's that?
Stare at the center of the weird flag for about 1 minute.
Don't move your eyes. Then look at an empty white sheet
 of paper, anf you'll see the red, white, and blue flag. 
Looks like Ex-President Bill Clinton and his Vice President Al Gore, right? Wrong... It's Clinton's face twice, with two different haircuts.

Can you find the 13 hidden faces?
Can you find the 13 hidden faces?

Which soldier is taller?None. They're all the same size.
Do you see an old man's face or two lovers kissing? 

An island, right? 
Turn it upside down, and you'll see what it really is:
a crater. 

The Face On Mars
Photo taken by Viking 1 in 1976.
 Is it really a face or just an illusion?
Here's the most recent picture that has been taken 
of the same rock formation. 
Doesn't really look like a face anymore, does it?

Take a look at this picture of some ancient ruins...
Notice anything unusual about the mountains?
When you tilt the picture, you suddenly see a huge face
Doesn't this remind you a little of the Face on Mars?


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