USING A MICROWAVE OVEN

With your microwave oven at its most powerful setting, figure one and a half to two minutes per cup of casserole. – Irma Dalton, artist, Westminster, California

 



 

BUYING CLOTHES THAT FIT

A suit coat fits well if you can stick four fingers in the sleeve in front of your shoulder. – Rick Eckstrom, plan review officer, Ithaca, New York

 



 

MAKING A TELESCOPE

For a first-time telescope maker, it is faster to make a four-inch mirror, and then a six-inch mirror, than to make a six-inch mirror. – Bill McKeeman, Wang Institute, Communications of the ACM

 



 

ADJUSTING BICYCLE HANDLEBARS

The distance from the front of your seat to the handlebar cross member should equal the length of your forearm from elbow to fingertip. – Peter van Berkum, Kittery Point, Maine

 



 

DOUBLING A BABY

The average newborn baby takes six months to double its weight. – L.M. Boyd, The San Francisco Chronicle

 



 

RAISING CHILDREN

Never tell a child how a used-car dealer prices automobiles, how a butcher makes sausage, or how a Texas politician makes money. – Richard Malone, Vancouver, Washington

 



 

COLLECTING COINS

There have to be 1,500 to 2,000 coins minted with an error to make a market for collectors. – Robert E. Wilhite, editor, Numismatic News, Iola, Wisconsin

 



 

PLANNING A HIGHWAY

A divided highway will occupy about 40 acres of land per mile. Other roads occupy between 6 and 12 acres per mile. – William S. Stevens, highway engineer

 



 

BIRDWATCHING

You will hear one-third to one-half again as many chickadees and juncos as you will actually see, and there are one-third again as many out there that you neither hear nor see. – Ellen Klaver, musician, Boulder, Colorado

 



 

THE WINDSURFING RULE OF 35-35

In a 35 knot wind, you need a 35-square-foot sail for windsurfing. For every 5 knots of wind less, add 5 square feet of sail. For flat water, add an extra 5 square feet. – Jeremy Bishop, windsurfing expert, Hood River, Oregon