Friday, May 1, 2009


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Dear Friends:

Firstly, we have an old story, recently forwarded to me by old college roommate, Gary:
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson go on a camping trip.

After a good dinner and a bottle of wine, they retire for the night, and go to sleep.

Some hours later, Holmes wakes up and nudges his faithful friend. “Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.”

“I see millions and millions of stars, Holmes” replies Watson.“And what do you deduce from that?”Watson ponders for a minute. “Well, Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful, and that we are a small and insignificant part of the universe.

But what does it tell you, Holmes?” Holmes is silent for a moment.

“Watson, you idiot!” he says. “Someone has stolen our tent!”
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Some Tongue-Twisters:

I am not the pheasant plucker,
I'm the pheasant plucker's mate.
I am only plucking pheasants
'cause the pheasant plucker's running late.

Sam's shop stocks short spotted socks.

A flea and a fly flew up in a flue.
Said the flea, "Let us fly!"
Said the fly, "Let us flee!"
So they flew through a flaw in the flue.

Knapsack straps.

Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?

Lesser leather never weathered wetter weather better.

Inchworms itching.

A noisy noise annoys an oyster.

The myth of Miss Muffet.

Mr. See owned a saw.
And Mr. Soar owned a seesaw.
Now See's saw sawed Soar's seesaw
Before Soar saw See,
Which made Soar sore.

Friendly Frank flips fine flapjacks.
Points To Ponder:

1. How can a person, a company or a nation get out of debt by incurring increasing debt?

2. If corporations exist principally for the purpose of compensating and providing for their employees, how can they effectively perform this role if employee demands make them unprofitable?

3. If you had to choose only one utensil to use for all of your meals for the next year, would it be a knife, a fork or a spoon? Why?

4. How do you define "intelligence"?

5. What is usually the most significant (memorable, attention-getting, defining, differentiating, et cetera) feature of a person's face?

6. Is aging (with its associated disabilities and functional declines) a disease?

7. Is it more advantageous to be simple, single-celled organism, or to be a more complex, multicellular organism? Why?

Douglas Castle

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