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465 Automobiles thumb thumb thumb thumb
BUILDING A CAR
Painting accounts for nearly half the cost of automobile assembly.
Scott Parker, data specialist, Beaumont, Texas
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1498 Marriage thumb thumb thumb thumb
MARRYING A DOCTOR
If a doctor sets up practice in a town with one-fifth or less the population of the town his or her spouse was raised in, they will divorce or move to a larger town within five years.
Gerry M. Flick M.D., Ship's Surgeon, S.S. Constitution off Hawaii
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1758 Mathematics thumb thumb thumb thumb
EXPERIMENTING WITH PEOPLE
If you're using people as subjects of experiments, use at least 30 to be statistically significant.
Dean Sheridan, electronics technician and deaf actor, Torrance, California
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2537 Military thumb thumb thumb thumb
FEEDING SOLDIERS WITH SNAILS
Napoleon's troops carried canned snails as emergency rations. Their rule was: 1,000 snails per soldier per week.
Michael McRae, Harrowsmith
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2034 Sports thumb thumb thumb thumb
FIRING A FOOTBALL
A quarterback has three seconds to fire the ball; after that he'll get sacked.
Bob O'Halloran, talkshow host, WHBY Radio, Appleton, Wisconsin
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1012 Illness thumb thumb thumb thumb
CATCHING A COLD
You will catch a cold within two weeks of starting a new job.
Beth Blinick, sales promotion and marketing, Skokie, Illinois
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535 Precipitation thumb thumb thumb thumb
WAITING FOR SNOW
T'won't snow 'till the brooks flow.
Clem Braczyk, quoting George, an old woodcutter, Webster, Massachusetts
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2071 Weather thumb thumb thumb thumb
WATCHING BIRDS
If you see birds rotating way up - turning small, tight circles and not clapping their wings - you're going to get a blow.
Alec Wilkinson, The New Yorker, quoting Raymond Duarte, Provincetown, Massachusets
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1569 Driving thumb thumb thumb thumb
GETTING THROUGH STOP LIGHTS
You greatly increase your chances of making green lights on a city street if you drive five to seven miles per hour over the posted speed.
L. Geer, San Diego, California
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2593 Shopping thumb thumb thumb thumb
BUYING GROCERIES
Groceries cost about $20 per bag. That's paper, not plastic.
Rick Eckstrom, plan review officer, Ithaca, New York
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2109 Running thumb thumb thumb thumb
PLANNING A LONG RUN
Plan to do your longest training runs on an empty stomach, beginning before 8 a.m. For each hour after 8 that you begin, cut the distance by 10 percent. Add 10 percent if you have one to two cups of coffee before starting.
Tom Ferguson M.D., Editor, Medical Self-Care, Inverness, California
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