WAITING FOR A DOCTOR

To be safe, plan on sitting around for at least half an hour on any visit to a doctor or dentist. You can save yourself time by taking the first appointment of the day or the first appointment after lunch. – Peter F. Ayer, professor of music, West Bend, Wisconsin

 



 

WINNING AT CHESS

There are three principles for winning a chess game. The Principle of Force–the player who is ahead in pieces should win. The Principle of Mobility–the player who has more room for moving his pieces has an advantage. The Principle of Safety–the safety of the king is most important. – Walter Pitkin, literary agent, Weston, Connecticut

 



 

USING A MICROWAVE

To determine whether cookware can be used in a microwave, put it in the microwave empty and turn on the high setting for 15 seconds. If the cookware is cool to the touch, it’s safe to use in the microwave. – Dean Sheridan, electronics technician and deaf actor, Torrance, California

 



 

ESTIMATING THE LIFE OF A LIGHT BULB

If you increase the voltage of an incandescent light bulb by 10 percent, its light output increases by 40 percent, but its life expectancy falls by a factor of three. Decreasing the voltage has the opposite effect. – R.A. Heindl, design engineer, Euclid, Ohio

 



 

DRINKING WINE

Wine before meals increases hunger. Wine during a meal quells the appetite. Wine at the end of a meal can drown the desire for dessert. – Maria Simonson, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland

 



 

CATALOGING A LIBRARY

For a single subject library, a medical library for example, use the Library of Congress cataloging system. For a general interest library, use the Dewey Decimal system. – Denis Smith, high school counselor, Camarillo, California

 



 

CLEANING ANTIQUE WEAPONS

Anything a novice does to improve the looks of an antique weapon probably will lower its value or destroy it as a collector’s piece. – Jim Barber, historian and collector, Springfield, Missouri

 



 

GIVING OFF HEAT

People normally produce about 500 BTUs per hour. People who are exercising produce three or four times that much heat. – Brenda Poole, biologist

 



 

HOUSING PIGEONS

The inside of a pigeon loft should be low enough so that a pigeon can’t fly over your head and small enough so that you can touch all four walls while standing in the middle. – Dr. Herbert R. Axelrod, retired pigeon racer