## Rule of Thumb

07/23/17

#### DIGGING A GRAVE

The standard size for a human grave is 7’8″ long by 3’2″ wide by 6′ deep, unless there is to …

07/22/17

The smaller the speaker, the weaker the bass. — Steven M. Keisman, New York City high school resource coordinator

07/21/17

#### PLANTING PEAS IN MASSACHUSETTS

In Massachusetts, plant your peas by Patriot’s Day, harvest them by the 4th of July. — Sid Ore (or Sidore), Paris, …

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

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, …

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