Rule of Thumb

07/20/17

STOPPING AN AIRPLANE

To determine the speed at which an aircraft begins to hydroplane, multiply the square root of the tire pressure by …

07/19/17

HOW TO WRITE WELL

Use semicolons freely; most readers will credit your erudition. — Denis Smith, high school counselor, Camarillo, California

07/18/17

WRITING A RESUME

The longer your job title and job description, the less important you are. — Dean Sheridan, electronics technician and deaf actor, …

07/17/17

GETTING THROUGH GRADUATE SCHOOL

Avoid young professors who are ambitious at the expense of their students, and avoid old professors who take out their …

07/16/17

WRITING POETRY

If the erasers of your pencils wear out before the graphite, you’re too fussy. — Stephen Unsino, poet, Eastchester, New York

07/15/17

PAVING WITH BRICKS

A crew of six bricklayers with one foreman can lay 1,000 square feet of paving brick per day. — R. Pieper, …

07/14/17

NAMING A DOG

If you give your dog a fancy name, it’s not for your dog but for your pride. You’ll end up …

07/13/17

DRIVING ON ICE

If the roads in an area ice over only five to ten times a year, half of the season’s fender-benders …

07/12/17

THE SURVIVAL RULE OF FIFTY

You have a 50 percent chance of surviving for 50 minutes in 50 degree water. — Rick Eckstrom, plan review officer, …

07/11/17

CHEMICAL REACTIONS

The rate of a chemical reaction doubles for every 10 degree Centigrade rise in temperature. — Ken Partymiller, chemist, Lexington, Kentucky

07/10/17

WATERING YOUR GARDEN

Don’t water your garden unless the soil is dry past the depth of your index finger. — Cally Arthur, managing editor, …

07/9/17

PREPARING FOR BAD NEWS

Bad news is never as bad as it sounds at first. — Steven M. Keisman, New York City high school resource …

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