Rule of Thumb

07/26/17

PASSING OUT WORK

Don’t give an employee a project after 4:30 unless it can be completed by 5:00. — Cally Arthur, managing editor, American …

07/25/17

SHINING UP YOUR HORSE

A horse with a dull coat needs more corn in its diet. — George Huebner, Houston Chronicle

07/24/17

SENDING CHRISTMAS CARDS

You should receive at least two Christmas cards for every three you mail out. If you don’t, you are sending …

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

BUYING SPEAKERS

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

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, …

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