WINNING AT CHESS

In the endgame, keep your rook between a passed pawn – either yours or your opponent’s. – Norman Brenner, Fleetwood, New York

 



 

HEATING A TRAVEL TRAILER

To estimate the heater size for a travel trailer, figure 1,000 BTUs per foot of length. A 15-foot trailer will need a 15,000-BTU heater. – Ralph Young, camper

 



 

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