AVOIDING SHIPS AT SEA

To avoid being run down by other ships on the ocean, check the horizon every 15 minutes. A fast ship can get dangerously close within 15 minutes. – Rick Eckstrom, plan review officer, Ithaca, New York

 



 

CHECKING YOUR SHOCKS

To check your shock absorbers, bounce your car up and down with your foot. If the car keeps on bouncing after you stop, you need new shocks. – Tom Robinson, computer programmer, Berkeley, California

 



 

WILDERNESS TRAVEL

For best speed in unmarked wilderness, always aim for the heaviest timber. – Peggy Kerber, editor, Mountaineering

 



 

BUTCHERING BEEF

You are doing O.K. if you get half a beef cow’s live weight in usable meat. – Ken Leach, meat cutter

 



 

EXERCISING IN THE HEAT

When exercising in the heat, drop your performance expectations by about 2 percent for every 10 degrees above 55 degrees F. The same 2 percent adjustment works for every 1,000 feet above 5,000 feet altitude. – Ned Frederick, writer, Exeter, New Hampshire

 



 

DECORATING YOUR HOME

In interior decorating, a fashion cycle lasts from 7 to 15 years. – Linnea Lannon, reporter, Detroit Free Press, Detroit, Michigan

 



 

PICKING A WINNER AT THE HARNESS TRACK

You should bet on a horse with good early speed; the winning horse is usually among the first four horses at the half-mile. – Don Valliere, track manager and author, Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada

 



 

SELLING A BUSINESS

A manufacturing company will sell for 1.5 to 2.5 times its net income, including equipment, plus inventory. – Terri Thompson, New York, New York

 



 

RETAIL MARKETING

You should figure it will take three months for an effective retail marketing campaign to take hold. – Scott Parker, data specialist, Beaumont, Texas

 



 

CHOOSING A SURGICAL ASSISTANT

If you are a surgeon, choose an assistant surgeon whose height is within five inches of yours. Otherwise, you will disagree on the height of the surgery table and if an operation is long, one of you will end up with back pain. – Gerry M. Flick M.D., Ship’s Surgeon, S.S. Constitution off Hawaii