Rule of Thumb

12/13/17

COMMUNICATING IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY

In foreign countries, talk to people who speak a second language that you know too. Two people who both know …

12/12/17

WRITING A POEM

When you’re writing a poem, eliminate nine out of ten adjectives and adverbs in the first draft and cut everything …

12/11/17

BUYING AN ORIENTAL CARPET

A good carpet should last at least two generations. — Scott Parker, data specialist, Beaumont, Texas

12/10/17

HIRING CONSTRUCTION WORKERS

Two workers can do three times as much work as one. Three workers can do four times as much work …

12/9/17

DEALING WITH DOGS

Anything over 45 minutes seems like forever to your dog. You will be greeted as enthusiastically coming back from a …

12/8/17

FOLLOWING ANOTHER CAR

Leave a three second interval between you and the car in front of you. This provides enough room to stop …

12/7/17

FINDING AIR FOR YOUR TIRES

In New York State, any gas station with four or more pumps has an air hose. — Steven M. Keisman, New …

12/2/17

ADDRESSING THE CLERGY

Always call a Roman Catholic priest “Father” unless he is wearing some purple. Then call him “Bishop” or “Your Excellency.” …

12/1/17

DESIGNING A SLING

The length of the sling depends on your height. Hold the sling by your side with both cords, as if …

11/30/17

BUYING A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

If you’re buying a musical instrument for a beginner, spend twice as much as you think you should. The instrument …

11/29/17

FORECASTING SNOW IN FLORIDA

It snows significantly in north Florida about once every seven winters. — Dennis Palaganas, Gainesville, Florida

11/28/17

FIGURING OUT A MOVIE

In a thriller, you can be certain that any slow-moving camel is crossing the road only to get in the …

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