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Friday, June 29, 2012

How easy it is to fool people

 A student won first prize at the local high school science fair. He
was attempting to show how conditioned we have become to alarmists
practicing junk science and spreading fear of everything in our
environment. In his project he urged people to sign a petition
demanding strict control or total elimination of the chemical
"dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO)."

And for plenty of good reasons, since:

1. it can cause excessive sweating and vomiting
2. sometimes called hydric acid, it is a major component in acid rain
3. it can cause severe burns in its gaseous state
4. accidental inhalation can kill you
5. it contributes to erosion and to the "greenhouse effect"
6. it decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes
7. it is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and kills thousands every year.
8. prolonged exposure to its solid form causes severe tissue damage

Despite the danger, DHMO is often used:

1. as an industrial solvent and coolant
2. in nuclear power plants
3. in the production of styrofoam
4. as a fire retardant
5. in many forms of animal research
6. in the distribution of pesticides
7. as an additive in "junk-foods" and other food products

He asked 50 people if they supported a ban of the chemical.

Forty-three (43) said yes, six (6) were undecided, and only one (1)
knew that the chemical was water.

Source: Thomas S. Ellsworth(posted in a humor newsgroup (rec.humor.funny) -Tom)

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Test

 
This is a good test, with some tantalizing and challenging questions. You should be able to get at least three, but you have to be a genius to get 6/6

  
1.   In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?
2.  Only three words in standard English begin with the letters "dw." They are all common. Name two of them.
3.  There are fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name half of them?
4.   For readers in cricket playing countries there are 10 ways of being out in Cricket. Hit the ball twice is one. Can you name the other 9?
5.   It's the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh. What is it?
6.    Name six (or more) things that you can wear on your feet that begin with the letter "S."

============== Answers Below ==============



** Answers - Simple, Right?! **

1.   The pear grew inside the bottle. The bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small, and are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the whole growing season. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems.
2.   Dwarf, dwell, and dwindle.
3.   Period (full stop), comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation marks, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses.
4.   Cricket: Bowled, Stumped, LBW, Run Out, Caught, Hit ball twice, Hit wicket, Handled ball, Obstructing the fielder, and the one everyone forgets - Out of time.
5.   Lettuce.
6.  Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, snowshoes, stockings.
Well, now you know the answers! Feel any smarter?

[ Author Unknown -- from 'Will and Guy' (guyn@computerperformance.co.uk) ]


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Monday, June 25, 2012

Three old men

 
Three old men went to see God

The first old man—an American named Paul—eating junk food had taken its toll on him—asked God when will his country come out of recession.

“Hundred years,” God said. The American started weeping profusely, “I will not live to see that day”.

The second man, a Russian named Ivan—swirling vodka tad taken its toll on him—asked God
“When will my country become prosperous?”

“Fifty years” came the reply

The Russian too, started weeping profusely. “I will not live to see that day.”

Finally, Anna from India—incessant fasting had taken its toll on him—asked God,
“When will my country become corruption-free?”

God started weeping profusely, “I will not live to see that day”. Said God





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