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WITandWISDOM(tm) - April 25, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

People think that we're crazy. It will never work. You're going to fail . . . Those are the beginning of every great success story. - Lloyd Dobler

Source: Inspire, subscribe@inspirelist.com


A frightened little boy, hospitalized for a tonsillectomy, clung tightly to a battered one-eyed teddy bear as the doctor approached his bedside to announce that it was time for the operation. A nurse moved to take the bear, but the doctor said, "Leave Teddy there. He needs some attention too."

Hours later, when the child regained consciousness, Teddy was snuggled against the pillow - and across his missing eye was the neatest bandage a skillful surgeon could devise.

Source: Bits & Pieces, May 26, 1994, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc., http://www.epinc.com

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:


Introductory Chemistry at Duke University has been taught for about a zillion years by Professor Bonk (really), and his course is semi-affectionately known as "Bonkistry." He has been around forever, so no one would put it past him to come up with something like this.

Anyway, one year there were these two guys who were taking Chemistry and who did pretty well on all the quizzes and the midterms and labs, etc., such that going into the final they had a solid A. These two friends were so confident going into the final that the weekend before finals week (even though the Chem final was on Monday), they decided to go up to UVirginia and party with some friends up there. So they did this and had a great time. However, with their hangovers and everything, they overslept all day Sunday and didn't make it back to Duke until early Monday morning. Rather than taking the final then, what they did was to find Professor Bonk after the final and explain to him why they missed the final.

They told him that they went to UVa for the weekend, and had planned to come back in time to study, but that they had a flat tire on the way back and didn't have a spare and couldn't get help for a long time and so were late getting back to campus. Bonk thought this over and then agreed that they could make up the final on the following day. The two guys were elated and relieved.

So, they studied that night and went in the next day at the time that Bonk had told them. He placed them in separate rooms and handed each of them a test booklet and told them to begin.

They looked at the first problem, which was something simple about molarity and solutions and was worth 5 points. "Cool" they thought, "this is going to be easy." They did that problem and then turned the page.

They were unprepared, however, for what they saw on the next page. It said

(95 points) Which tire?

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Submitted by Walt Groff


The graduate with a Science degree asks, "Why does it work?"
The graduate with an Engineering degree asks, "How does it work?"
The graduate with an Accounting degree asks, "How much will it cost?"
The graduate with a Liberal Arts degree asks, "Do you want fries with that?"

Source: Laughweb http://world.std.com/~joeshmoe/laughweb/lweb_ns.html

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

How do prospective astronauts get zero-g experience?

Before any astronaut goes into space, he or she has already had experience in a genuine microgravity (zero-g) environment. That environment is a special four-engine jet with a padded interior. It is also used for experiments that require short periods of microgravity.

The KC-135 Zero Gravity Trainer performs high-altitude arcs over the Gulf Of Mexico that result in about 25 seconds of microgravity inside the cabin.

Each arc begins around 26,000 feet (7,320 meters) and peaks around 36,000 feet (10,370 meters). During the upper half of the arc, the plane exactly traces a parabola, the same path traced by a free-flying projectile. During the lower half of the arc, the cabin's occupants experience about 1.8 times normal gravity.

The KC-135 Zero Gravity Trainer:
http://www.brown.edu/Ad ministration/Brown_Alumni_Magazine/00/9-99/features/vomit.html

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