MAKING WINE

One ton of grapes will make 170 gallons of wine. – L. Wagner, vintner

 



 

STOCKING A BOOKSTORE

A bookstore needs to stock a minimum of 10,000 books to have any hope of having what people ask for. – Dave Ewan, Wind Chimes Book Exchange, Millville, New Jersey

 



 

TESTING YOUR SCRIMSHAW

Test your scrimshaw by touching the surface of the tooth with a red hot needle. If it smokes, it’s plastic. If it doesn’t smoke, make sure the tooth is hollow from the base to the tip; fake scrimshaw is hollow only partway up. – Susan J. Macovsky, writer, Money magazine

 



 

BODY HEAT

A resting human gives off as much heat as a 150-watt light bulb. You can use this fact to keep the temperature in a greenhouse constant, even as you come and go. Just turn the light out whenever you go in. – John Schubert, senior editor, Bicycling magazine

 



 

SHOOTING AT DUCKS

It is usually safe to assume that if you are missing shots at crossing birds you are shooting behind them. – Nelson Bryant, The New York Times

 



 

LEANING A KAYAK

In a kayak, when in doubt, lean downstream. – Martha Betcher, medical technician, Incline Village, Nevada

 



 

FORECASTING THE WEATHER

If the temperature rises rapidly while it’s raining, it will rain harder soon. – Walter Pitkin, literary agent, Weston, Connecticut

 



 

MAKING MILK

A cow needs about three pounds of water to make a pound a pound of milk. – Monica Crispin, Cooperative Extension agent

 



 

FINDING YOUR COLLAPSE POINT

Your collapse point is about three times the average distance you swim, cycle, or run each day. For example, if you run an average of three miles a day, you should be able to run nine miles without stopping. – Ned Frederick, writer, quoting statistician Ken Young, Exeter, New Hampshire

 



 

BUYING A HOUSE

You can afford to buy house that costs twice your annual income. – Blayne Cutler, editor, American Demographics