The world’s markets

The recent fluctuations on the world’s markets have coined some new fun English:- Helium was up, feathers were down.Paper was stationary.Fluorescent tubing was dimmed in light trading.Knives were up sharply.Cows steered into a bull market.Pencils lost a few points.Hiking equipment was trailing.Elevators rose, while escalators continued their slow decline.Weights were up in heavy trading.Light switches […]

No regrets?

Have you ever said something and then regretted it? You are not alone… “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943 “Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.”Popular Mechanics magazine, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949 “I have traveled the length and […]

The language of science and medicine

The following list of phrases and their definitions might help you understand the mysterious language of science and medicine. • “IT HAS LONG BEEN KNOWN”I didn’t look up the original reference. • “A DEFINITE TREND IS EVIDENT”These data are practically meaningless. • “WHILE IT HAS NOT BEEN POSSIBLE TO PROVIDE DEFINITE ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS”An […]

Top Answers

James sent me this list according to the Reader’s Digest… Answer #5: A flight attendant was stationed at the departure gate to check tickets. As a man approached, she extended her hand for the ticket and he opened his trench coat and flashed her. Without missing a beat….she said, “Sir, I need to see your […]

Fear of Flying

As my thoughts turn to holidays and flying off to exotic locations I was pleased to be sent this:- After every flight, pilots fill out a form called a gripe sheet, which conveys to the mechanics problems encountered with the aircraft during the flight that need repair or correction. The mechanics read and correct the […]