“This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals–sounds that say listen to this, it is important.” — Gary Provost
A friend of mine recently asked what I consider to be the best sports trivia question I’ve ever heard. It requires a broad level of knowledge and is something that can usually be figured out, but not immediately.
The question is:
Of the four major sports leagues (MLB, NHL, NBA, and NFL), there are 9 teams whose team name does not end in ‘S.’ Can you name them?
Ex: the Cincinnati Bengals is not one of them because Bengals ends in ‘s.’
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MLB: Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox
NBA: Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Utah Jazz
NHL: Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild, Tamba Bay Lightning
A Quora user asked for some good engineering jokes. See the full thread here, but below are my favorites:
Some people say the glass is half full.
Some people say the glass is half empty.
Engineers say the glass is twice as big as necessary.
The Human Body
Three engineering students were gathered together discussing the possible designers of the human body. One said, “It was a mechanical engineer. Just look at all the joints.”
Another said, “No, it was an electrical engineer. The nervous system has many
thousands of electrical connections.”
The last said, “Actually it was a civil engineer. Who else would run a toxic
waste pipeline through a recreational area?”
Two engineering students were walking across campus when one said, “Where did
you get such a great bike?”
The second engineer replied, “Well, I was walking along yesterday minding my
own business when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike. She threw the bike
to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, “Take what you want.”
“The second engineer nodded approvingly, “Good choice; the clothes probably
wouldn’t have fit.”
A priest, an ophthalmologist, and an engineer were golfing one morning behind a particularly slow group of golfers.
The engineer fumed, “What’s with those guys? We must have been waiting for fifteen minutes!”
The doctor chimed in,”I don’t know, but I’ve never seen such inept golf!”
The priest said, “Here comes the greens keeper. Let’s have a word with him.”
He said, “Hello, George. What’s wrong with that group ahead of us? They’re rather slow, aren’t they?”
The greens keeper replied, “Oh, yes. That’s a group of blind firemen. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we let them play for free anytime.”
The group fell silent for a moment. Then the priest said, “That’s so sad. I think I’ll say a special prayer for them.”
The ophthalmologist added, “Good idea. And maybe I could examine them to see if there’s anything I can do for them.”
They were silent for a moment.
Then the engineer said, “Why can’t they play at night?”
Change a Lightbulb
Q. How many software engineers does it take to change a light bulb?
A. None. That’s a hardware issue.
Three logicians walk into a bar.
The bartender asks, “would all three of you like some beer?”
The first one replies,”I dont know.”
The second one replies, “I dont know either.”
The third replies, “Yes, all three of us would like a beer.”
This came across a friend’s Facebook feed the other day. Definitely worth thinking about.
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this class of water?”
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz to 20 oz.
She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
She continued, “The stress and worries in life are like this glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed–incapable of doing anything.”
It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all of your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!