Rule of Thumb

05/3/17

HUGGING SOMEONE

Four hugs a day are the minimum needed to meet a person’s “skin hunger.” — Greg Risberg, clinical social worker, Northwestern …

05/2/17

BRUSHING YOUR HAIR

Twenty-five brush strokes per day is considered optimal for best distribution of natural oils. More brushing causes damage. — Dr. Jonathan …

05/1/17

RIDING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN BOSTON

When riding public transportation in Boston, allow one-half hour per transfer plus walking time. For example, a subway to trolley …

04/30/17

UNDERSTANDING LANGUAGE

Words pertaining to the left usually have fewer letters than their counterparts pertaining to the right. — George H. Amber P.E., …

04/29/17

GETTING A JOB

The interview, not the resume, gets you the job. But a good resume can get you the interview. — Scott Parker, …

04/28/17

GETTING A COLLEGE DEGREE

To survive college, do all the homework on the day it is assigned, especially term papers. — Dave Chapman, computer consultant, …

04/27/17

GETTING AN AGENT

To convince a literary agent to represent you, write him a letter. He deals in the printed word and will …

04/26/17

BUYING A COMPUTER IN THE 1980S

Every two years, you can buy a computer that performs twice as well for half the price. — Dave McKeown, computer …

04/25/17

BUILDING WITH TUBING

A hollow tube should have a wall thickness that is at least 1/50 of the tube’s diameter. If the wall …

04/24/17

MANAGING AN APIARY

One skilled person can manage five hundred bee colonies. — Jeff Furman, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, business consultant

04/23/17

RULES OF ROMANCE

Women give sex to get love. Men give love to get sex. — Anonymous, quoting someone they can’t remember

04/22/17

THE FAMILIAR SIGN RULE

Bridges and overpasses freeze before the rest of the road. — John H. Beauvais, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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