CALCULATING DISTANCES

A light-year (the distance light travels in a year) is to an Astronomical Unit (the distance from the Earth to the Sun) as a mile is to an inch.  – Norman Brenner, Fleetwood, New York

 



 

BICYCLING TIPS

On a light bicycle traveling at 18 miles per hour, you use 80 percent of your energy overcoming air drag. – R.A. Heindl, design engineer, Euclid, Ohio

 



 

MEASURING THE PROGRESS OF A PREGNANCY

Lay a cloth tape measure over the belly pressing one end on the pubic bone. The number of centimeters from the pubic bone to the top of the uterus is the number of weeks of pregnancy. – John McPhee, in The New Yorker quoting Dr. Ann Dorney

 



 

TESTING A WINE

Taste a young white wine that has been opened and kept in the refrigerator for a week. This will give you some idea of how an unopened bottle of the same wine will age in your wine cellar. – Craig Goldwyn, publisher, International Wine Review

 



 

DISCOVERING YOUR INTERESTS

If you’re worried that you don’t have any interests, browse in the nonfiction section of a library for five minutes. By then a book will catch your eye, whether it’s about baking pie crusts or Icelandic crust formation. – Carolyn Lloyd, 15-year-old student,, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

 



 

BUYING ANTIQUES

If antique furniture is painted black, don’t buy it. – Paul Polce, Ponzi’s Antiques, Trumansburg, New York

 



 

SIZING A SKYLIGHT

For kitchens, porches, and bathrooms, a skylight that takes up 15 percent of the ceiling will provide good illumination. Family rooms and bedrooms need 10 percent, while hallways and attics need as little as 5 percent. – Scott Parker, data specialist, Beaumont, Texas

 



 

APPROACHING A BIRD

The smaller the bird, the closer it will allow you to approach. – Thomas O. Marsh, writer and birdwatcher, Fairfield, Ohio

 



 

GETTING YOUR CAR SERVICED

The end of April is the best time to get your car serviced because it’s the slowest time for auto mechanics. The mild weather makes people feel more confident about their cars, and many can’t afford car repairs because they’ve just paid income taxes. – Steven M. Keisman, New York City high school resource coordinator

 



 

FINDING AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE

If you’re looking for a prehistoric archaeological site in North America, look within 90 meters of water. – Thomas W. Neumann, anthropological archaeologist, wildlife ecologist, and field crew crisis manager