Rule of Thumb

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 …

07/8/17

HUNTING FOR MUSHROOMS

Mushroom hunting is best when Mayapples come up. — Ted, Rock Island, Iowa

07/7/17

BUYING RURAL LAND

Never offer more than two-thirds the asking price for rural land. — Ren Heim, landscaper, Cincinnati, Ohio

07/6/17

GETTING SOMETHING DONE

If you want something done, give it to a busy person. — Scott Parker, data specialist, Beaumont, Texas

07/5/17

SPOTTING JUNK MAIL

The more printing on the outside of an envelope, the less important the information inside. — Gerry M. Flick M.D., Ship’s …

07/4/17

WATCHING HORSES LOOK

You can get an idea of what horses are looking at by watching the position of their heads. Horses lower …

07/3/17

CHOOSING A CHRISTMAS TREE

When you’re choosing a Christmas tree, rotate the end of a branch between your forefinger and thumb. If the tree …

07/2/17

ESTIMATING TIME OF DEATH

To estimate the length of time a person has been dead, take a rectal temperature. If it is above room …

07/1/17

AMPLIFYING SOUND

You need a 250-watt amplifier to produce sound twice as loud as that produced by a 25-watt amplifier. — Steven M. …

06/30/17

RUNNING A LIGHT IN NEW JERSEY

New Jersey traffic lights have an amber signal lasting one second for every 10 mph of the posted speed limit. …

06/29/17

MOVIE SEQUELS

As a rule, if you didn’t care for the original movie, you will like the sequel even less. — A wandering …

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