CHOOSING A BICYCLE FRAME

The crossbar on your bicycle frame should come just to your crotch when you straddle the bike with your shoes off and your feet flat on the ground. – Leslie Warren, music teacher, Kittery Point, Maine

 



 

FOLLOWING LABOR

If a husband calls saying his wife (pregnant with their first child) is having really strong contractions, the birth is a long way off, but tell them to come to the hospital anyway. – Dr. K. Emmott, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 



 

TASTING A CHAMPAGNE

You should not have to swallow a mouthful of good champagne twice in order to taste the wine around the bubbles–once should be enough. – Barry Bassin, wine merchant, New York, New York

 



 

ESTIMATING LENGTHS

Most books average 5 letters per word, 10 words per line, and 40 lines per page. – Norman Brenner, Fleetwood, New York

 



 

THE GARAGE SALE RULE

One out of five items costing under $75 that you buy at a garage sale will end up in your garage sale within the next 1.5 years. – Steven M. Keisman, New York City high school resource coordinator

 



 

SUPERINSULATED HOUSES

A superinsulated house should have 12 square feet of windows for every 100 square feet of floor. At least two-thirds of the windows should be facing south. – Phillip Close, builder

 



 

WATCHING BIRDS

Study the bird, not the field guide. The bird will fly away. The guide won’t. – Christine Jones, birdwatcher, San Francisco, California

 



 

GAUGING THE SPEED OF ANOTHER BOAT

To gauge the speed of another boat, choose a point on the horizon that is behind the other boat and check how its bow moves relative to this point. If its bow appears to move ahead of the point, the other boat is moving faster than yours; if its bow appears to move backwards, your boat is going faster. If there is no relative movement, and your boats are on intersecting courses, you’re in for a collision. – Evan Gamblin, Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada

 



 

GETTING YOUR CAR REPAIRED

If a mechanic tells you that you hit a pothole and need a new wheel or other part, check it out with another mechanic. – Martin M. Bruce Ph.D, psychologist, Larchmont, New York

 



 

PLANNING A TREK

Plan on 1 reindeer for every 75 pounds of supplies. – Brendon Rehm, military historian, Fairfax, Virginia