Rule of Thumb

01/19/18

SCUBA DIVING IN SHALLOW WATER

You don’t need to worry about decompression stops if you scuba dive at depths of 30 feet or less. — Alex …

01/18/18

SPEAKING FRENCH IN ENGLISH

One in 20 words and phrases spoken in everyday French is actually English. — The Story of English, hosted by Robert …

01/17/18

RAISING MONEY

University fund raisers plan on getting one-third of their money from 10 big contributors, one-third from 100 medium contributors and …

01/16/18

USING SEMICOLONS

When in doubt, use the semicolon; the average reader won’t understand its use and will give you credit for erudition. …

01/15/18

SETTING NAILS

When setting a nail with a nail-setter for later puttying, drive it down as deep as it is wide at …

01/14/18

COMPARING A DOG’S AGE TO A HUMAN’S AGE

The old rule–multiplying a dog’s age by 7 to find the equivalent human age–is fallacious. A dog is able to …

01/13/18

NEGOTIATING A TRAFFIC CIRCLE

When entering a traffic rotary, stay on the outside if you’re taking the first exit, otherwise get on the inside …

12/20/17

HEATING A RENTAL UNIT

You can expect a 40 percent reduction in energy consumption when a tenant assumes responsibility for the energy bills. — Larry …

12/19/17

ATTENDING A MEETING

A meeting is not worth the trip if it will take you longer to get there than the meeting itself …

12/18/17

THE CAVALRYMAN’S RULE

Up the hill gallop me not. Down the hill trot me not. On the plain spare me not. In the …

12/17/17

ADDRESSING THE CLERGY

When in doubt, call a Protestant minister or a rabbi, “Doctor.” Even if the person isn’t a doctor, he (or …

12/16/17

THROWING A KNIFE

If your knife balances more than one inch from the tang on the handle side, it is handle heavy and …

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