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More fun with numbers

I lifted this from a website I stumbled upon. Made me laugh:

What Makes 100%?

What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 103%? What makes up 100% in life?

Here’s a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:


A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z is represented as:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.


H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K is

8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%


K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E is

11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%


A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E is

1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%


B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T is

2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%

AND, look how far ass kissing will take you.

A-S-S-K-I-S-S-I-N-G is

1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%

So, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that while Hard Work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, it’s the Bullshit and Ass Kissing that will put you over the top.

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A proof in point

The title of my blog? Here is a proof in point. Tess Gerritsen delivered the commencement address at the University of Maine, and used some of the “creepy facts” she’s collected over the years to comment on life.

Like the Candiru fish, who will lodge in the urethra of the human male (ouch) if he happens to take a leak in the Amazon river. Here’s what she has to say about that:

“The second lesson the Candiru fish can teach us is this: Be careful where you take a piss. Don’t foul the water where you live. Don’t poison your workplace with gossip. I work in the publishing industry, and if I were to say nasty things about an editor or agent or another writer behind her back, you can pretty much bet she will eventually hear it. It’s the same for any other business out there. The people you piss on today will never forget it. And the chances are, you will meet them again.”

Another one, related to eating fried squirrel brains (a once delicacy in Kentucky):

“Be critical about what you consume from the media. Because what you put into your brain is as important as what you put into your mouths. Whether food or information, insist on the truth. Don’t swallow propaganda, even though it’s quick and easy to digest, the equivalent of those fast-food outlets we see on the highways. The truth is often a lot more complicated, but like real food, worthwhile food, in the end, it’s a lot more satisfying.”

But the most significant comment at all, based on a real woman (and not creepy at all, so she didn’t sustain her them ’til the end), Sally Ride, the first female astronaut, who changed careers several times in her life.

“But life can change, in ways you can’t predict. What you thought was a dream job turns out to be a daily ordeal. Or you get fired. Or your business collapses. You’ll wake up at age 30 or 40 or 50 (some of you parents may be going through this right now) and suddenly realize that you hate your job, and you desperately want to do something different. You want another chance. You want another life. I’m here to tell you that it’s not impossible.”

And I agree with her. In my life, I was a housecleaner, a telephone operator, a finance officer, a personnel officer, a human resources consultant, and a writer. Some of these, you’d say, are fairly incompatible. Yet, they all led me to who I am today, and I like what I see. Life is too short to do something you hate.

Thanks to dynastic_queen for pointing me to Gerritsen’s blog entry.

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Water Facts

I always tell myself I should drink water (if water tasted like scotch, I’d have no problem). If you’re like me, here are some factoids that might you to increase your water intake:

  • 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Likely applies to half world population)
  • In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
  • Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.
  • One glass of water shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a U-Washington study.
  • Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
  • Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
  • A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
  • Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
  • Thanks to for this information.

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Currently Reading…

The List, by Tara Ison
Scribner Hardcover
272 pages
ISBN-10: 0-7432-9414-9

Isabel and Al are a couple. A mismatched one, on the surface: she is a future surgeon, a brilliant one at that, he is a one-time wonder movie director now working in a video store. When they meet at a movie theater, they connect at a fundamental level. The next day, Al moves in.

Yet, the relationship does not go smoothly for either of them. Isabel is troubled that she loves someone with so little direction in life when she is so driven herself, Al resents her using her money to buy him things, things he doesn’t want. Soon, the love they have becomes twisted and so unsatisfactory to Isabel that she proposes a breakup process: a to-do list of ten activities that will conclude their relationship. But as the items are struck off the list, their behavior becomes more erratic and warped, leading to the mangled conclusion of their affair.

The list is a deeply disturbing novel on several fronts. It makes us face the reality that we all judge someone’s value by their work status. What they do is what they are. It makes us realize that our own insecurities could fuel the destruction of something precious, for fear of knowing ourselves. It makes us realize that passion without real communication is doomed to fail. Yet, The List doesn’t provide the solutions. It leaves us with the unsatisfactory ending of a NHE (Not Happy Ending), and yet, the story could not have ended any other way.

Tara Ison delves equally well into the worlds of medicine and movies, which helps paint each protagonist into vivid details without ever telling us about them directly. Ison’s prose is sharp, crisp, and elegant. Even when she writes a funny scene, she succeeds in showing its underlying pathos. The List is a thinking novel, one that leaves you wanting to change a few things about your own life.

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The Thinking Blogger Award

Sherry Ramsey awarded me, among four others, the Thinking Blogger Award, which I’m also proud to display on my sidebar. The Thinking Blog is part of a meme, but different as well, since the person who gives the award says “these blogs make me think”.

The rules are simple:

  1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
  2. Link to the original post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
  3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award‘ with a link to the post that you wrote

So, congratulations to the five following bloggers for winning the Thinking Blogger Award:

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