TRAVELING BY BICYCLE

On a good ten-speed bicycle you can travel 50 miles per day at a leisurely pace. Riding straight through with only a few rest stops can get you 70 to 80 miles per day with little effort. – Alwyn T. Perrin, editor, Explorers Ltd. Source Book

 



 

FOLLOWING LABOR

If a woman is in labor and you want to know if there is time to get her to the hospital, check for the child’s head during a contraction. If you can’t see it and it is the woman’s first child, you have at least an hour. If you can see a quarter’s worth, you have 20 or 30 minutes. If you can see a quarter’s worth and she has had a child before, you don’t have time. – Dr. K. Emmott, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 



 

THE THREE CASE RULE

Be methodical about accumulating wine in your cellar. If you can manage to get three cases ahead, you can stop worrying about having a good supply. – David Nowicki, wine authority, Interlaken, New York

 



 

BUYING A GOOD BOOK

If you’re considering buying a book, open it at random and read a page. Do this three times. If you haven’t stumbled onto a vital part of the story at least once, don’t buy the book. – Gene Wolfe, Barrington, Illinois

 



 

SPOTTING REAL ANTIQUITIES

The less complex or well executed, the more recent the object is. This is especially true for Thai brass. – Thomas W. Neumann, anthropological archaeologist, wildlife ecologist, and field crew crisis manager

 



 

PLANNING A HOSPITAL

A hospital should have four to four and a half beds for every thousand people in the community it serves. – Douglass A. Pineo, biologist and falconer, Spokane, Washington

 



 

LOOKING AT BIRD BILLS

The single best clue to a bird’s identity is the shape of its bill. – Christine Jones, birdwatcher, San Francisco, California

 



 

EXPLORING A CAVE

You should have at least four people for any caving expedition. If someone is injured, two people can go for help while one stays with the injured spelunker. That way, no one is in the cave alone. – David R. McClurg, speleologist