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WITandWISDOM(tm) - January 16, 2002

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. - Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

Source: Bits & Pieces: Home Delivery http://your.dailyinbox.com/bp/

Subjects: Success, Failure, Attitude


Nancy Androtti teaches ninth grade social studies at a high school in Brooklyn. It is not paradise. Teachers and students have been mugged and even raped in that building. Armed guards are on duty and the faculty turnover is high.

But Nancy, a twenty-eight-year-old, has not one been threatened or harassed. In fact, the students would fight for her if it ever came to that. In a workshop for teachers on discipline, she stated: "During the first week of every semester, I don't teach. Instead, I sit down with each student individually and ask them about their families, their friends, their interests, and their hopes for the future."

Then she tells each one, "I have great expectations of your this semester and I know you won't let me down."

They don't. Nancy communicates total respect, concern and love for her students. She doesn't 'demand' a positive teaching environment, she just expects it, and it happens.

By Neil Eskelin in Neil Eskelin's Daily Jump Start(tm), Copyright (c) 2001, http://www.neileskelin.com

Subjects: Teachers, Respect

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Read this sentence:

Finished files are the result of years of scientific study combined with the experience of years.

Now count aloud the F's in that sentence. Count them ONLY ONCE; do not go back and count them again. See below...

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There are six F's in the sentence. One of average intelligence finds three of them. If you spotted four, you're above average. If you got five, you can turn your nose at most anybody. If you caught six, you are a genius. There is no catch. Many people forget the "OF"'s. The human brain tends to see them as "V's" instead of "F's".

Submitted by Shirley Ralf

Subjects: Language, Tests, Reading


A Chinese scholar was giving a lecture when all the lights in the auditorium went out. He asked members of the audience if they would please raise their hands. As soon as they had all complied, the auditorium lights came on again.

The speaker bowed and announced, "Prove wisdom of old Chinese saying: 'Many hands make light work'."

Source: Dave's Daily Chuckle, http://www.Daily-Chuckle.com

Subjects: Teachers, Electricity

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

By Jared Kendall
Special to The Advocate Online

. . . By tripling the voltage of car batteries from 14 volts to 42 volts, automakers can improve fuel efficiency by 10 percent or more. Not to mention allowing for all sorts of new electric creature comforts for passengers. . .

First, some background. Standard car batteries are described as being 12-volt batteries, but they actually run at 14. The new batteries will be labeled as 36-volt, but they'll operate at 42 volts. When cars were first introduced, 12 volts was settled upon because of safety concerns. Lower voltage systems generally tend to be safer to handle. If you touch both electrodes on your battery with your bare skin, you aren't going to die.

. . . The problem with low-voltage systems is that they have to be high amperage to get the job done. . . . With electricity, what this means is that a lower-voltage system requires much larger, thicker wiring to move the same amount of power. . . If you were to power all your car's accessories like the air conditioner and the brakes with electricity, you'd soon reach a point where you'd need cables as thick as your wrist to handle the load. . . .

If those systems were replaced with electric equivalents, you'd only expend energy when you used them. In fact, a 42-volt car could even turn its engine off altogether at stop lights and in other situations, running the engine only when that extra power was needed. Running your motor at 600 revolutions per minute just to keep it idling is a waste that we've been stuck with to this point; 42 volt batteries could do away with it. . . .

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Subjects: Automobiles, Batteries, Electricity

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