What You'll Wish You'd Known. January 2005 (I wrote this talk for a high school.
I never actually gave it, because the school authorities vetoed the plan to invite me.) When I said I was speaking at a high school, my friends were curious. What will you say to high school students? So I asked them, what do you wish someone had told you in high school? I'll start by telling you something you don't have to know in high school: what you want to do with your life. If I were back in high school and someone asked about my plans, I'd say that my first priority was to learn what the options were.
It might seem that nothing would be easier than deciding what you like, but it turns out to be hard, partly because it's hard to get an accurate picture of most jobs. But there are other jobs you can't learn about, because no one is doing them yet. And yet every May, speakers all over the country fire up the Standard Graduation Speech, the theme of which is: don't give up on your dreams. Which is an uncomfortable thought. Upwind Now. Let's Face It. English Is a Stupid Language. The 10 Most Puzzling Ancient Artifacts. The Bible tells us that God created Adam and Eve just a few thousand years ago, by some fundamentalist interpretations.
Science informs us that this is mere fiction and that man is a few million years old, and that civilization just tens of thousands of years old. Could it be, however, that conventional science is just as mistaken as the Bible stories? There is a great deal of archeological evidence that the history of life on earth might be far different than what current geological and anthropological texts tell us. Consider these astonishing finds: The Grooved Spheres Over the last few decades, miners in South Africa have been digging up mysterious metal spheres. The Dropa Stones In 1938, an archeological expedition led by Dr. The Ica StonesBeginning in the 1930s, the father of Dr. The Antikythera MechanismA perplexing artifact was recovered by sponge-divers from a shipwreck in 1900 off the coast of Antikythera, a small island that lies northwest of Crete.
Ancient Model Aircraft. Best of craigslist: Why Geeks and Nerds Are Worth It... In the wide world of dating, there are many options.
Do you go for the flashy guy with the smooth smile, or the dude in the corner typing away on his laptop? The following are reasons why I think my fellow females should pay more attention to the quiet geeks and nerds, and less attention to the flashy boys. 1.) While geeks and nerds may be awkward, they’re well-meaning 9 out of 10 times. That smooth dude with the sly grin and the spider hands? 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) Politics Explained. FEUDALISM: You have two cows.
Your lord takes some of the milk. PURE SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else's cows. The Seven Wonders of the World. Why americans should never be allowed to travel. I had someone ask for an aisle seats so that his or her hair wouldn't get messed up by being near the window.
A client called in inquiring about a package to Hawaii. After going over all the cost info, she asked, "Would it be cheaper to fly to California and then take the train to Hawaii? " I got a call from a woman who wanted to go to Capetown. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information when she interrupted me with "I'm not trying to make you look stupid, but Capetown is in Massachusetts. "Without trying to make her look like the stupid one, I calmly explained, "Capecod is in Massachusetts, Capetown is in Africa. " A man called, furious about a Florida package we did. I got a call from a man who asked, "Is it possible to see England from Canada? " Another man called and asked if he could rent a car in Dallas. A nice lady just called. Some paradoxes - an anthology.
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Catch-22 There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Some proofs. Unique Conversation Starters: 50 Questions You Haven't Already Asked Your Date. Fair warning: Consider your audience.
You're no doubt too cool to ask a virtual stranger to name a favorite school supply (Question #8), but anyone can talk about a habit that was hard to break (Question #6) if the subject's introduced naturally into the conversation. If you're loathe to spring any of these questions on a date, e-mail them to the contacts in your address book for the latest round of Getting to Know Your Friends. What's your favorite Dr. Seuss book? Schopeng.<br>htm: Thirty - Eight Ways to Win an Argument, by Schopenhauer. Useless information — richardpettinger.com.