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Quote Of The Day
"Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else's."
Today's Trivia Magellen's Expedition
One of Ferdinand Magellan's five ships--the Vittoria--arrives at SanlÚcar de Barrameda in Spain, thus completing the first circumnavigation of the world on this day in 1520. The Vittoria was commanded by Basque navigator Juan SebastiÁn de Elcano, who took charge of the vessel after the murder of Magellan in the Philippines in April 1521. During a long, hard journey home, the people on the ship suffered from starvation, scurvy, and harassment by Portuguese ships. Only Elcano, 17 other Europeans, and four Indians survived to reach Spain in September 1522. US President McKinley
US President William McKinley is shot at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York on this day in 1901. McKinley was greeting the crowd in the Temple of Music when Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist, stepped forward and shot the president twice at point-blank range. McKinley lived for another week before finally succumbing to a gangrene infection on September 14. At the time of the shooting, President McKinley was very popular and America was in the midst of a period of peace and prosperity. Czolgosz, a laborer from Cleveland who fell under the sway of charismatic leaders of anarchy.
Today's Chuckles The Ancient Spartans
The ancient Spartans were famous for being laconic - that is, laboring to put their thoughts into the fewest possible words. The very word laconic comes from the fact that the district of which Sparta was the central city was Laconia.
The most condensed laconism in history was produced in the fourth century B.C. when Philip of Macedon was reducing all the Greek cities to obedience. The last holdout was Sparta, which, now past its prime of power, nevertheless remained in stubborn isolation.
Philip didn't really need it for his future plans, but it annoyed him that there should be a patch of obstinacy on the map. He therefore sent the Spartans a message that went: "You had better submit without delay, for if I march my army into your land, I will kill all your men and destroy your city."
And the Spartan leaders turned Philip's anger to admiration (so that he decided to leave them alone after all) by sending back a one word answer: "If."Some Things To Ponder For The Fun Of It
When Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words?
Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand?
If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know?
Why do you press harder on the buttons of a remote control when you know the batteries are dead?
Why do we put suits in garment bags and garments in a suitcase?
How come abbreviated is such a long word?
"We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own. "
"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere "
"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it
worth the effort. "
More Chuckles From Job Interviews
The following are "actual" post-interview excerpts collected from middle managers who, needless to say, probably did not hire any of the people mentioned here:
"Applicant stretched out on the floor to fill out the job application."
"She wore a Walkman and said she could listen to me and the music at the same time."
"A balding candidate abruptly excused himself. Returned to office a few minutes later, wearing a hairpiece."
"Applicant asked to see interviewer's resume to see if the personnel executive was qualified to judge the candidate."
"Applicant announced she hadn't had lunch and proceeded to eat a hamburger and french fries in the interviewer's office - wiping the ketchup on her sleeve."
"Stated that, if he were hired, he would demonstrate his loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on his forearm."