Check Back in a Year
A man’s business was
failing. He went to a park and sat for awhile, trying to think
of a way to save his company. An old man walked up and sat down
next to him. He looked at the businessman, then said, “I see
something is troubling you. Would you like to talk about it?”
explained his problem. After listening patiently, the old man
said, “I believe I can help you.” He pulled out a check book,
wrote a check and said, “Take this money. Meet me here exactly
one year from today and you can pay me back then.”
The old man got up and
walked away. The businessman looked at the check and saw that it
was for $500,000. The signature was Warren Buffet.
realized that with half a million dollars in capital, he could
easily float his business. But he decided to put the check in
his safe and use it only in case of emergency.
With the check in his
safe, the businessman was able to think clearer. He started
rebuilding his business, and within a year, had turned it
around. So at the end of the year, as promised, the businessman
returned to the park.
As agreed, the old man
also appeared. The businessman started to hand back the check
that he had never cashed.
At that moment, a nurse
came running up and grabbed old man's hand. She apologized to
the businessman. “I am so glad I caught him in time. Mr. Wilson
is always telling people he's Warren Buffet and writing them
checks like that.” She led the old man away, leaving the
The Humble Spud
This holiday season
many of us will eat a ton of spuds: mashed, boiled, broiled, or
baked. But how did the potato come to be called a spud? Its
history is full of red herrings.
one version, potatoes—which are a member of the deadly
nightshade family—were blamed for syphilis, tuberculosis, and
obesity. A group of Brits in the mid-1800’s wanted to eradicate
the potato, and called themselves the Society for the Prevention
of an Unwholesome Diet. This spelled out the acronym SPUD.
version has to do with the name Murphy in Ireland, where
potatoes are common. People named Murphy were often nicknamed
Spud. Since the name Murphy (and hence, Spud) was as common as
potatoes, the name transferred to potatoes.
true history, however, is that spud came from a tool used to dig
up potatoes. A 'spud' was a common name for a narrow-bladed
While you’re sitting
around the table at your next holiday dinner, give your guests
all three stories and see if they can guess which one is true.
The Gift Of Sports For Christmas
Freddie and John were
fortunate enough to have a season tickets to watch Chelsea, a
British soccer team. The season began in August and they
attended every game. Over the first several games, they could
not help noticing that there was always a spare seat next to
them. They had a friend who would love to buy a season ticket,
especially if all three could have seats together.
One half-time Freddie
went to the ticket office and asked if they could by buy the
season ticket for B14, the seat next to them. The official said
that unfortunately the ticket had been sold. Nevertheless, week
after week the seat remained empty.
Then on Boxing Day (the
day after Christmas, December 26), much to Freddie and Eddie's
amazement, the seat was taken for the first time that season.
John could not resist asking the newcomer, 'Where have you been
all season'. ‘Don't ask,’ he said. ‘The wife bought the season
ticket back last summer, and kept it for a surprise Christmas
bulbs, which last less than 2,000 hours before needing
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Not only do they last
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Spend some time this weekend on
home improvement; improve your attitude
toward your family. ~ Bo Bennett
Another Reason to Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Sleep scientist Mathew
Walker has some dire advice. It began as he was studying
brainwave patterns in people with dementia. Says Walker, “I was
comparing the brainwaves of people with dementia, but was
failing to find differences between them.” He then read a
scientific paper that described how some types of dementia only
attacked parts of the brain that were associated with sleep.
Walker began recording
the brainwaves of sleeping patients, and found a clear link.
Sleep quality, it seemed, could be a new early diagnostic test
for different subtypes of dementia.
The body of knowledge
that has been accumulated over the past two decades since sleep
began being studied is irrefutable: we need sleep like we need
exercise and healthy food. Walker’s results point out that sleep
might have a more dramatic effect on our mental health than
anyone previously thought.
Walker takes his own
advice. “I take my sleep seriously because I have seen the
evidence. Once you know that after just one night of only 4 or 5
hours of sleep, your natural killer cells—the ones that attack
cancer cells that appear in your body every day—drop by 70%, or
you know that a lack of sleep is linked to cancer of the bowel,
prostate and breast, or even that the WHO has classed
night-shift work as a probable carcinogen, how could you do
anything else?” Get some sleep!
Rehab After Heart Attack Often Ignored
More than a million
adults in North America suffer heart attacks every year, and
about one third of them are repeat attacks.
is crucial to preventing a second heart attack, but the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention in the US report that only
one in three survivors opt to participate in it.
Cardiac rehab includes
exercise counseling, lifestyle advice for a healthy heart, and
stress-reduction tips, all of which can reduce those chances of
a second (or third or fourth) attack. Cardiac rehab also means
extended medical supervision after discharge from the hospital.
If you or someone you
know has suffered and survived a heart attack, keep in mind that
rehab might prolong life and prevent a new crisis.
we are creating ourselves all the time, then it is never too
late to begin creating the bodies we want instead of the ones we
mistakenly assume we are stuck with.
Coffee + Nap = More Energy
Want to take a nap that
will leave you refreshed and ready to go again? Try drinking a
cup of coffee first.
counterintuitive, but that’s the advice from the Health.com
website. The reason why it works: The caffeine in a cup of
coffee takes about 30 minutes to kick in. After a 30-minute nap,
you’ll wake up just as the caffeine takes effect.
Research backs up that
notion. In 1997 the journal Psychophysiology reported
that sleepy adults who drank 200 mg of caffeine (twice the
amount in 8 ounces of brewed coffee) and then took a short nap
performed better on a simulated driving test than people who got
only the caffeine.
Keep your naps short—15
to 30 minutes—and take them at least six hours before your
regular bedtime so the caffeine doesn’t keep you up at night. If
you’re sensitive to caffeine, try green tea instead.
Sabotage Success With Chronic Lateness
Are you always running
late? Maybe you’re legitimately busy, but chronic lateness may
spring from other factors. The danger is that being late all the
time will give you a reputation for being undependable or
careless. Take better control of your time by considering these
psychological causes behind being constantly behind schedule:
For some people, rushing to every meeting and event provides
excitement. If you’re enjoying the chase too much, look for
other activities to get your thrills. Skydiving, anyone?
Making other people wait for you—instead of the other way
around—is one way to keep the reins tight. People like customers
and your boss don’t like being kept waiting, though. Remind
yourself that other people’s time is important, too.
Being busy can be one measure of success—“Look at all the
important tasks I’ve got to do!” But if you overextend yourself,
you’ll burn out. Teach yourself to track other metrics that
don’t overwhelm your day.
Sometimes we “punish” people by forcing them to waste time
waiting for us. This rarely solves any problems and may
exacerbate them. If you’ve got an issue, talk it out openly.
You’ll both save a lot of time.
Someday soon you may be
able to charge your smartphone or Fitbit with a simple walk
around the block, according to the NBC News website.
Scientists at the
University of Texas at Dallas are working to develop fabrics
using carbon nanotubes, which are hollow tubes 10,000 times
thinner than a human hair. When twisted into coils and
stretched, they can produce a minuscule electrical current. One
recent test of a tight shirt using the special yarn produced 16
millivolts every time the person wearing it inhaled—not enough
to charge a smartphone, but enough, perhaps, to send health
information to another location.
Is That Still Safe To Eat?
Is that fruitcake
that’s been in your pantry since last year safe to eat? Maybe
not, but the CNN website offers this list of foods you can
safely store for years:
Because it’s low in water and sugars, bacteria can’t easily grow
in it. Small amounts of hydrogen peroxide in honey also inhibit
the growth of microbes.
legumes. Beans, lentils, and other legumes stored in
airtight, waterproof containers can last for years without
losing their nutrition value.
sauce. Unopened, soy sauce can last for three years on the
shelf, thanks to its combination of fermentation and salt.
Its acidic nature makes it difficult for bacteria to thrive.
White vinegar will stay unchanged almost indefinitely, but other
vinegars may change color or produce sediment in the bottle over
rice. The key is temperature. White rice stored in an
airtight container at cool temperatures can last up to 30 years,
although brown rice has a shorter shelf life.
chocolate. Chocolate fans rejoice! As long as it’s stored at
a constant temperature, dark chocolate is safe to eat for two
years or longer.
imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction,
to imagine things which are not really there, but just to
those things which are there.
Try The ‘70% Rule’ When Delegating
If you’re like many
managers—and parents—you have a hard time deciding which tasks
to delegate and which to keep to yourself. Here’s a way to
If you want to develop
your employees’—or your kids’—skills and responsibilities, try
this rule. If someone else can do the task at least 70 percent
as well as you can, delegate the task to that person.
This will help you lose
the “If you want it done right, do it yourself” attitude, and
provide others with challenges that give them a chance to learn.
September - October 2017 Answer
September comes from the Latin root for what number?
History: September was
the seventh month of the original Roman calendar.
... Later, when January and February were added to
the calendar it became the ninth month. When the
British changed from the Julian calendar to the
Gregorian calendar in 1752, they needed to adjust
some days to get the seasons aligned with the
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