Rule of Thumb

09/22/18

REWINDING AN AUDIOCASSETTE IN THE DAYS WHEN IT MATTERED

It takes five seconds to fast forward or rewind one minute of audiocassette tape. — Dennis Palaganas, Gainesville, Florida

09/21/18

SPOTTING A HIGH-CLASS RESTAURANT

After he first greets you, the waiter in a high-class restaurant will not speak unless spoken to. — Frank Turley, director, …

09/20/18

BUYING FRUIT

An orange is ripe when its surface is smooth rather than bumpy because its pustules are swollen with juice. — Brad …

09/19/18

LISTENING TO PEEPERS

When the spring peepers start, the maple sugaring stops. — Cheryl A. Russell, demographer, mother, editor-in-chief, American Demographics

09/18/18

CHOPPING WOOD

Most people who try chopping a tree with an axe soon discover that the axe will wedge in the wood …

09/17/18

SIZING UP A SCHOOL PROGRAM

The more trivial a school program, the more pretentious the jargon used to justify it. — Emery Nemethy, Catawissa, Pennsylvania

09/16/18

WRITING

The greater the sense of exultation and accomplishment upon completing the first draft of a work of fiction, the greater …

09/15/18

JUDGING A POLITICIAN

Never trust a politician who wears military fatigues to breakfast. — Scott Parker, data specialist, Beaumont, Texas

09/14/18

CABINET MAKING

Sanding is 10 percent of any cabinet making job. — Joel Warren, cabinet maker

09/13/18

CARING FOR FISH

In a new aquarium, feed the fish half as much food as you want to and change the water twice …

09/12/18

RULES OF ROMANCE

A young man marries for a mistress, a middle-aged man for a companion, and an old man for a nurse. …

09/11/18

ADJUSTING YOUR CAR SEAT

You should check your seat adjustment with your hands at the ten and two o’clock positions on the steering wheel. …

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