Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ignore Those Criticizing Voices

A farmer came into town and asked the owner of a restaurant if he could use a million frog legs. The restaurant owner was shocked and asked the man where he could get so many frog legs! The farmer replied, 'There is a pond near my house that is full of frogs - millions of them. They all croak all night long and they are about to make me crazy!' So the restaurant owner and the farmer made an agreement that the farmer would deliver frogs to the restaurant, five hundred at a time for the next several weeks.

The first week, the farmer returned to the restaurant looking rather sheepish, with two scrawny little frogs. The restaurant owner said, 'Well... where are all the frogs?' The farmer said, 'I was mistaken. There were only these two frogs in the pond. But they sure were making a lot of noise!'

[ Next time you hear somebody criticizing or making fun of you, remember, it's probably just a couple of noisy frogs. Also remember that problems always seem bigger in the dark. Have you ever laid in your bed at night worrying about things which seem almost overwhelming like a million frogs croaking? Chances are pretty good that when the morning comes, and you take a closer look, you'll wonder what all the fuss was about.]

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Things Don't Always Go According To Plan


A pretty woman was serving a life sentence in prison. Angry and resentful about her situation, she had decided that she would rather die than to live another year in prison. Over the years she had become good friends with one of the prison caretakers.

His job, among others, was to bury those prisoners who died in a graveyard just outside the prison walls. When a prisoner died, the caretaker rang a bell, which was heard by everyone.The caretaker then got the body and put it in a casket.

Next, he entered his office to fill out the death certificate before returning to the casket to nail the lid shut. Finally, he put the casket on a wagon to take it to the graveyard and bury it.

Knowing this routine, the woman devised an escape plan and shared it with the caretaker. The next time the bell rang, the woman would leave her cell and sneak into the dark room where the coffins were kept.

She would slip into the coffin with the dead body while the caretaker was filling out the death certificate. When the care-taker returned, he would nail the lid shut and take the coffin outside the prison with the woman in the coffin along with the dead body. He would then bury the coffin.

The woman knew there would be enough air for her to breathe until later in the evening when the caretaker would return to the graveyard under the cover of darkness, dig up the coffin, open it, and set her free.

The caretaker was reluctant to go along with this plan, but since he and the woman had become good friends over the years, he agreed to do it. The woman waited several weeks before some-one in the prison died.

She was asleep in her cell when she heard the death bell ring.She got up, picked the lock of her cell, and slowly walked down the hallway. She was nearly caught a couple of times. Her heart was beating fast.

She opened the door to the darkened room where the coffins were kept. Quietly in the dark, she found the coffin that contained the dead body, carefully climbed into the coffin and pulled the lid shut to wait for the caretaker to come and nail the lid shut.

Soon she heard footsteps and the pounding of the hammer and nails. Even though she was very uncomfortable in the coffin with the dead body, she knew that with each nail she was one step closer to freedom.

The coffin was lifted onto the wagon and taken outside to the graveyard. She could feel the coffin being lowered into the ground. She didn't make a sound as the coffin hit the bottom of the grave with a thud.

Finally she heard the dirt dropping onto the top of the wooden coffin, and she knew that it was only a matter of time until she would be free at last. After several minutes of absolute silence, she began to laugh.She was free! She was free!

Feeling curious, she decided to light a match to find out the identity of the dead prisoner beside her. To her horror, she discovered that she was lying next to the dead caretaker.

Many people believe they have life all figured out..... but sometimes it just doesn't turn out the way they planned it.

Friday, September 23, 2011

7 Spelling and Grammar Errors That Make You Look Dumb


Dont let these easy-to-fix spelling and grammar mistakes make you look unprofessional.
In business, excellence is indeed worth striving for. Make sure all of your communications hold to high standards, because misspellings and bad grammar can hold you back in your career.

Many brilliant people have some communication weak spots. Unfortunately, the reality is that written communication is a big part of business, and how you write reflects on you. Poor spelling and grammar can destroy a professional image in an instant.

Even if your job doesn't require much business writing, you'll still have emails to send and notes to write. And if you're looking for a job, your cover letters and resumes will likely mean the difference between getting the interview or not.

Bad grammar and spelling make a bad impression. Don't let yourself lose an opportunity over a simple spelling or grammar mistake.

Here are seven simple grammatical errors that I see consistently in emails, cover letters and resumes.
Tip: Make yourself a little card cheat sheet and keep it in your wallet for easy reference.

You're / Your
The apostrophe means it's a contraction of two words; "you're" is the short version of "you are" (the "a" is dropped), so if your sentence makes sense if you say "you are," then you're good to use you're. "Your" means it belongs to you, it's yours.
· You're = if you mean "you are" then use the apostrophe
· Your = belonging to you
You're going to love your new job!

It's / Its
This one is confusing, because generally, in addition to being used in contractions, an apostrophe indicates ownership, as in "Dad's new car." But, "it's" is actually the short version of "it is" or "it has." "Its" with no apostrophe means belonging to it.
· It's = it is
· Its = belonging to it
It's important to remember to bring your telephone and its extra battery.

They're / Their / There
"They're" is a contraction of "they are." "Their" means belonging to them. "There" refers to a place (notice that the word "here" is part of it, which is also a place – so if it says here and there, it's a place). There = a place
· They're = they are
· Their = belonging to them
They're going to miss their teachers when they leave there.

Loose / Lose
These spellings really don't make much sense, so you just have to remember them. "Loose" is the opposite of tight, and rhymes with goose. "Lose" is the opposite of win, and rhymes with booze. (To show how unpredictable English is, compare another pair of words, "choose" and "chose," which are spelled the same except the initial sound, but pronounced differently. No wonder so many people get it wrong!)
· Loose = it's not tight, it's loosey goosey
· Lose= "don't lose the hose for the rose" is a way to remember the same spelling but a different pronunciation
I never thought I could lose so much weight; now my pants are all loose!

Lead / Led
Another common but glaring error. "Lead" means you're doing it in the present, and rhymes with deed. "Led" is the past tense of lead, and rhymes with sled. So you can "lead" your current organization, but you "led" the people in your previous job.
· Lead = present tense, rhymes with deed
· Led = past tense, rhymes with sled
My goal is to lead this team to success, just as I led my past teams into winning award after award.

A lot / Alot / Allot
First the bad news: there is no such word as "alot." "A lot" refers to quantity, and "allot" means to distribute or parcel out.
There is a lot of confusion about this one, so I'm going to allot ten minutes to review these rules of grammar.

Between you and I
This one is widely misused, even by TV news anchors who should know better.
In English, we use a different pronoun depending on whether it's the subject or the object of the sentence: I/me, she/her, he/him, they/them. This becomes second nature for us and we rarely make mistakes with the glaring exception of when we have to choose between "you and I" or "you and me."
Grammar Girl does a far better job of explaining this than I, but suffice to say that "between you and I" is never correct, and although it is becoming more common, it's kind of like saying "him did a great job." It is glaringly incorrect.
The easy rule of thumb is to replace the "you and I" or "you and me" with either "we" or "us" and you'll quickly see which form is right. If "us" works, then use "you and me" and if "we" works, then use "you and I."
Between you and me (us), here are the secrets to how you and I (we) can learn to write better.
Master these common errors and you'll remove some of the mistakes and red flags that make you look like you have no idea how to speak.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

You Wouldn't Have Known These Abbreviations

  1. MOPED is the short term for 'Motorized Pedaling'.
  2. POP MUSIC is 'Popular Music' shortened.
  3. BUS is the short term for 'Omnibus' that means everybody.
  4. FORTNIGHT comes from 'Fourteen Nights' (Two Weeks).
  5. DRAWING ROOM was actually a 'withdrawing room' where people withdrew after Dinner. Later the prefix 'with' was dropped..
  6. NEWS refers to information from Four directions N, E, W and S..
  7. AG-MARK, which some products bear, stems from 'Agricultural Marketing'.
  8. JOURNAL is a diary that tells about 'Journey for a day' during each Day's business.
  9. QUEUE comes from 'Queen's Quest'. Long back a long row of people as waiting to see the Queen. Someone made the comment Queen's Quest..
  10. TIPS come from 'To Insure Prompt Service'. In olden days to get Prompt service from servants in an inn, travelers used to drop coins in a Box on which was written 'To Insure Prompt Service'. This gave rise to the custom of Tips.
  11. JEEP is a vehicle with unique Gear system. It was invented during World War II (1939-1945). It was named 'General Purpose Vehicle (GP)'.GP was changed into JEEP later.

Wise Quotes Of Confucius



  1. Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.
  2. Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star.
  3. It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
  4. Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.
  5. What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.
  6. They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
  7. I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there.
  8. If a man takes no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand.
  9. Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.
  10. Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.
  11. The cautious seldom err.
  12. The superior man cannot be known in little matters, but he may be entrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be entrusted with great concerns, but he may be known in little matters.
  13. The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
  14. Things that are done, it is needless to speak about…things that are past, it is needless to blame.
  15. Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.
  16. What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
  17. When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it – this is knowledge.
  18. With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow – I have still joy in the midst of these things. Riches and honors acquired by unrighteousness are to me as a floating cloud.
  19. Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
  20. To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Turtle Story


A turtle family decided to go on a picnic. The turtles, being naturally slow about things, took seven years to prepare for their outing. Finally the turtle family left home looking for a suitable place. During the second year of their journey they found a place ideal for them at last!

For about six months they cleaned the area, unpacked the picnic basket, and completed the arrangements. Then they discovered they had forgotten the salt. A picnic without salt would be a disaster, they all agreed. After a lengthy discussion, the youngest turtle was chosen to retrieve the salt from home. Although he was the fastest of the slow moving turtles, the little turtle whined, cried, and wobbled in his shell. He agreed to go on one condition: that no one would eat until he returned. The family consented and the little turtle left.

Three years passed and the little turtle had not returned. Five years...six years... then on the seventh year of his absence, the oldest turtle could no longer contain his hunger. He announced that he was going to eat and begun to unwrap a sandwich. At that point the little turtle suddenly popped out from behind a tree shouting, 'See! I knew you wouldn't wait. Now I am not going to go get the salt.'

[Some of us waste our time waiting for people to live up to our expectations. We are so concerned about what others are doing that we do not do anything ourselves.]

Friday, September 16, 2011

Strange Things You Didn't Knew




  1. A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
  2. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself.
  3. The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle.
  4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.
  5. A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.
  6. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
  7. A 2 X 4 is really 1-1/2" by 3-1/2".
  8. During the chariot scene in "Ben Hur," a small red car can be seen in the distance (and Heston's wearing a watch).
  9. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily! (That explains a few mysteries....)
  10. Sherlock Holmes NEVER said, "Elementary, my dear Watson."
  11. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood.
  12. The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564,000.
  13. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, purple and silver.
  14. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.
  15. The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
  16. Weatherman Willard Scott was the first Ronald McDonald.
  17. If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death. (Who was the sadist who discovered this??)
  18. Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to s-l-o-w film down so you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm.
  19. The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA."
  20. The original name for butterfly was flutterby.
  21. The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
  22. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.
  23. Roses may be red, but violets are indeed violet.
  24. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot sink into quicksand.
  25. Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.
  26. Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.
  27. An old law in Bellingham, Washington, made it illegal for a woman to take more than three steps backwards while dancing!
  28. The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from public libraries.
  29. The glue on Israeli postage is certified kosher.
  30. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave!
  31. In the 1400's a law was set forth that a man was not allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have "the rule of thumb"
  32. The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
  33. Men can read smaller print then women can; women can hear better.
  34. It is impossible to lick your elbow.
  35. The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska
  36. The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000
  37. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
  38. The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
  39. The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
  40. If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
  41. In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase......... "goodnight, sleep tight."
  42. It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the "honeymoon".
  43. In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them, "Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down."
  44. It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's"
  45. Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

World's First Laptop


Pictured here is one of the first "portable" computers. It could be considered the first laptop.
This is the Osborne 1, which came out in 1981.
The computer cost apox $1,800, weighed 25 pounds, and had a 5 inch screen.




The First Laptop Computer - Osborne 1 
The computer considered by most historians to be the first true portable computer was the Osborne 1. Adam Osborne, an ex-book publisher founded Osborne Computer and produced the Osborne 1 in 1981, a portable computer that weighed 24 pounds and cost $1795. The Osborne 1 came with a five-inch screen, modem port, two 5 1/4 floppy drives, a large collection of bundled software programs, and a battery pack. The short-lived computer company was never successful

Sunday, September 11, 2011

An Exercise For Your Mind


What these words have in common ?

1 Banana
2 Dresser
3 Grammar
4 Potato
5 Revive
6 Uneven
7 Assess

Are you peeking or have you already given up? Give it another try. Look at each word carefully. (You’ll kick yourself when you discover the answer) This Is Cool.

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Answer: No, it is not that they all have at least 2 double letters. (Scroll down to find out the answer)

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Answer: In all of the words listed, if you take the first letter, place it at the end of the word, and then spell the word backwards, it will be the same word. Did you figure it out? Just send it to more people and stump them!

Illusion : Monroe or Einstein?


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