They say the primal drives are food, sex and shelter, QI ( see their website http://www.qi.com) says there is a fourth: Curiosity - and we agree with them! Yet infinite curiosity, found in all of us when we are children, is gradually submerged under a tidal wave of tedium. But somewhere, somehow we still wonder . . . thank goodness . . .
The average ear of corn has eight hundred kernels arranged in sixteen rows.
A duck's quack doesn't echo.
A cat has four rows of whiskers.
The world is not solid.
When a giraffe's baby is born it falls from a height of six feet, normally without being hurt.
Eskimos do not rub noses.
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet.
The word "queueing" is the only English word with five consecutive vowels.
"Underground" is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with "und".
TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard.
The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan. There was never a recorded Wendy before.
The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Public Libraries.
There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
Quotations & Thoughts
A simple thought or quotation can often make us wonder and it’s good to wonder . . . .
Jerome K. Jerome: It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do
Mr or Ms Unknown: The human race is faced with a cruel choice: work or daytime television.
Bertrand Russell: One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
Richard Bach: The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.
Thomas Jefferson: I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
Lisa Kudrow: You have to surrender to the fact that you are of too many in a highly competitive field where it is difficult to stand out. Over time, through your work, you will demonstrate who you are and what you bring to the field. Just stay with it and keep working.
Somerset Maugham: It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent.
Warren Beatty: You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play.
Maya Angelou: Something made greater by ourselves and in turn that makes us greater.
Bhagavad Gita: What is work and what is not work are questions that perplex the wisest of men.
John Ruskin: When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
W. H. Auden: Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.
Sir Winston Churchill: Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.
Unknown: The Boss drives his men, The Leader inspires them.. The Boss depends on authority, The Leader depends on goodwill.. The Boss evokes fear, The Leader radiates love.. The Boss says "I", The Leader says "We".. The Boss shows who is wrong, The Leader shows what is wrong.. The Boss knows how it is done, The Leader knows how to do it.. The Boss demands respect, The Leader commands respect
Stephen Covey: Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter ask for a job in a timber merchant, and he got it. The pay was really good and so were the work conditions. For that reason, the woodcutter was determined to do his best. His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he was supposed to work. The first day, the woodcutter brought 18 trees "Congratulations," the boss said. "Go on that way!" Very motivated for the boss’ words, the woodcutter try harder the next day, but he only could bring 15 trees. The third day he try even harder, but he only could bring 10 trees.Day after day he was bringing less and less trees. "I must be losing my strength", the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on. "When was the last time you sharpened your axe?" the boss asked. "Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees..."
Unknown: An enterprising person is one who comes across a pile of scrap metal and sees the making of a wonderful sculpture. An enterprising person is one who drives through an old decrepit part of town and sees a new housing development. An enterprising person is one who sees opportunity in all areas of life. To be enterprising is to keep your eyes open and your mind active. It's to be skilled enough, confident enough, creative enough and disciplined enough to seize opportunities that present themselves... regardless of the economy. A person with an enterprising attitude says, "Find out what you can before action is taken." Do the research. Be prepared. Be resourceful. Do all you can in preparation of what's to come. Enterprising people always see the future in the present. Enterprising people always find a way to take advantage of a situation, not be burdened by it. And enterprising people aren't lazy. They don't wait for opportunities to come to them, they go after the opportunities. Enterprise means always finding a way to keep yourself actively working toward your ambition. Enterprise is two things. The first is creativity. You need creativity to see what's out there and to shape it to your advantage. You need creativity to look at the world a little differently. You need creativity to take a different approach, to be different. What goes hand-in-hand with the creativity of enterprise is the second requirement: the courage to be creative. You need courage to see things differently, courage to go against the crowd, courage to take a different approach, courage to stand alone if you have to, courage to choose activity over inactivity. And lastly, being enterprising doesn't just relate to the ability to make money. Being enterprising also means feeling good enough about yourself, having enough self worth to want to seek advantages and opportunities that will make a difference in your future. And by doing so you will increase your confidence, your courage, your creativity and your self-worth, your enterprising nature.