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Thought for Friday, Jan 30, 2009

It wasn't that she had a rose in her teeth, exactly. It was more like
the rose and the teeth were in the same glass.

Thought for Thursday, Jan 29, 2009

"What's the use of a good quotation if you can't change it?"
-- The Doctor

Thought for Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009

Golden Oldie

We all learn by experience
but some of us have to go to summer school.

-Peter de Vries (1910-1993)
DailyInbox: Bits and Pieces -
EXPERIENCE - 09-05-03

Thought for Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009

Golden Oldie

Although written many years ago, Lady Chatterley's Lover has just been
reissued by the Grove Press, and this pictorial account of the
day-to-day life of an English gamekeeper is full of considerable
interest to outdoor minded readers, as it contains many passages on
pheasant-raising, the apprehending of poachers, ways to control vermin,
and other chores and duties of the professional gamekeeper.
Unfortunately, one is obliged to wade through many pages of extraneous
material in order to discover and savour those sidelights on the
management of a midland shooting estate, and in this reviewer's opinion
the book cannot take the place of J. R. Miller's "Practical
-- Ed Zern, "Field and Stream" (Nov. 1959)

Thought for Monday, Jan 26, 2009

Golden Oldie

Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Txes M&A Uinervtisy,
it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod
are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat
ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total
mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm.
Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed
ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

-Pat Hayes
Aggeis Don't Spel Goud?
[spelling and the brain]

Thought for Friday, Jan 23, 2009

Golden Oldie

As safety experts and concerned citizens, we applaud the recent trend
towards legislation that requires the prominent placing of warnings on
products that present hazards to the general public. Yet we must also
offer the cautionary thought that such warnings, however well-
intentioned, merely scratch the surface of what is really necessary in
this important area.

One Product Warning as written by a Quantam Physicist:

This Product Attracts Every Other Piece of Matter in the Universe,
Including the Products of Other Manufacturers, with a Force Proportional
to the Product of the Masses and Inversely Proportional to the Square of
the Distance Between Them.

-Owen K. Loring in Groaners
Noted as Stolen from: http://www.theattic.us
(Update- Not sure same 'theattic')

Thought for Thursday, Jan 22, 2009

Golden Oldie
First published tftd 11/04/88

It's not my place
To run the train
The whistle I can't blow
It's not my place
To say how far
The train's allowed to go

It's not my place
To shoot off steam
Nor even clang the bell
But let the train once
Jump the track....
Then see who catches hell.

-On the wall of the Stationmaster's Office,
Grand Central Terminal

(Also seen in Korea circa 1965 at
an especially appropriate moment.)

Thought for Wednesday, Jan 21, 2009

... you may all go to hell
and I will go to Texas.

-Davy Crockett
tftd wonders if this thought was going
through President Bush's mind while
he was being booed by the crowd close
to the podium (or path to the platform)
at the Obama inauguration. Probably not
as President Bush has a lot more class
than tftd.

Thought for Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009

It is never safe to look into
the future with eyes of fear.

-E. H. Harriman (1848.1909)
Railroad magnate
From the Masters 2008/10/22

Thought for Monday, Jan 19, 2009

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous
than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

-Martin Luther King Jr.,
Strength to Love, 1963

Thought for Friday, Jan 16, 2009

Golden Oldie

This is a Return Receipt for the mail that you sent to

Note: this Return Receipt only acknowledges that the message was
displayed on the recipient's machine. There is no guarantee that the
content has been read or understood.

-Actual message received by tftd in
response to a delivery notification request
('xxxx' are to protect the guilty)

Thought for Thursday, Jan 15, 2009

On a paper submitted by a physicist colleague:

"This isn't right. This isn't even wrong."
-- Wolfgang Pauli

Thought for Wednesday, Jan 14, 2009

Golden Oldie

If you're not paranoid
you're not informed.

-T. Tubb. M.D. 1978, Lexington Ky
Reporting on the motto of his
Seventh Year Surgery Residency 'Class'

Thought for Tuesday, Jan 13, 2009

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man
contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Thought for Monday, Jan 12, 2009

Politician, n.:
From the Greek "poly" ("many") and the French "tete" ("head" or
"face," as in "tete-a-tete": head to head or face to face).
Hence "polytetien", a person of two or more faces.
-- Martin Pitt

Thought for Friday, Jan 9, 2009

The original point and click interface
was a Smith & Wesson.

-Today's Puns

Thought for Thursday, Jan 8, 2009

Nondeterminism means never having to say you are wrong.

Thought for Wednesday, Jan 7, 2009

Democracy is a form of government in which it is permitted to wonder
aloud what the country could do under first-class management.
-- Senator Soaper

Thought for Tuesday, Jan 6, 2009

Misery loves company, but company does not reciprocate.

Thought for Monday, Jan 5, 2009

Golden Oldie

(Suggestion for YOUR New Year's Resolutions)

I once listed all the good things I did over the past year,
and then turned them into resolution form and backdated them.
That was a good feeling.

-Robert Fulghum

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