A smarter beggar

September 23, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Jose and Carlos are both beggars. They beg in different areas of town.

Carlos begs for the same amount of time as Jose, but only collects about eight or nine dollars a day.

Every day, Jose brings home a suitcase full of ten dollar bills. He drives a Mercedes, lives in a mortgage-free house, and has lots of cash to spend.

“Hey, amigo,” Carlos says to Jose, “I work just as long and hard as you do, so how come you bring home a suitcase full of ten dollar bills every day?”

Jose says, “Look at your sign, what does it say?”

Carlos’ sign reads: I have no work, a wife and six kids to support.

“What’s wrong with that?” Carlos asks him.

“No wonder you only get eight or nine dollars a day!”

Carlos says, “Alright, so what does your sign say?”

Jose’s sign reads: I only need ten dollars to get back to Mexico

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Woman strangles fox after being attacked: “Rachel Cohen never killed anything in her life, but the 61-year-old was forced to strangle a potentially rabid fox that attacked her and her friend in Pennsylvania…. Once the fox noticed the two women, Ms Cohen said, it moved away from the house and jumped out in front of them. Both women tried to run back to the house – and in fact Ms de Balbian Verster made it inside safely – but the fox blocked Ms Cohen’s path before she could get back and started trying to bite her ankles, causing her to fall backward. “When I fell, I saw a piece of my jeans in the fox’s teeth. I knew that I had to do something.” Ms Cohen said she then grabbed the fox by the neck, strangling it, and then hit it against a tree, but it still remained alive. Ms De Balbian Verster then brought out a plastic bag, and Ms Cohen wrapped it over the animal’s head and smothered it. The whole ordeal lasted just 10 minutes.”

The Dwarfs were right! Whistling while you work makes you do your job better: “Whistling while you work may not win you many friends – but it could help you do your job better. A leading psychologist claims whistling or singing helps distract the mind from trying too hard and prevents mental overload. The controversial suggestion comes from a study into the phenomenon of ‘choking’ – the moment when a footballer misses a critical penalty or a top student flunks a vital exam. Far from being down to ‘just nerves’, choking occurs when the brain finds itself with too many pieces of information to process, resulting in ‘paralysis by analysis’, argues Dr Sian Beilock of the University of Chicago. In 1996, golfer Greg Norman blew it on the final day of the US Masters, despite having a huge lead. Dr Beilock says he failed because he was thinking too hard about what he was doing.”

A very horny dinosaur: “Triceratops has been trounced in the horned dinosaur stakes, with a newly found ancient reptile with no less than 15 spikes on its huge armoured head. While triceratops, one of the world’s best known dinosaurs, had just a nose spike and two more emerging from its brows, kosmoceratops richardsoni had horns everywhere. “Kosmoceratops richardsoni has 15 horns – one over the nose, one atop each eye, one at the tip of each cheek bone and 10 across the rear margin of the bony frill, making it the most ornate-headed dinosaur known,” Queensland’s James Cook University geologist Eric Robert, who is studying the dinosaur, said yesterday. A kosmoceratops fossil, and another previously unknown horned dinosaur called utahceratops gettyi, were each unearthed in southern Utah in the US. Both were big, heavily built animals with giant heads.”

Why women fall for men who look like their father: “It has long been speculated that women tend to choose partners who look like their fathers – and men will pick wives who resemble their mothers in some way. But isn’t it just an old wives’ tale? Well, it’s certainly true that the characteristics of our parents are imprinted in our minds as children, so that we remember and recognise our parents from a very early age. But it seems these ‘remembered’ characteristics do go on to influence who we find attractive in later life. From this information, we found that the main predictor for the choice of a partner’s eye and hair colour – for men and women – was the eye and hair colour of the parent of the opposite sex. Your own hair and eye colour, or those of the parent of the same sex, were far less important.”

The solar-powered spy plane that will be able to fly non-stop for FIVE years: “Boeing is developing a solar-powered unmanned aircraft that will be able to fly non-stop for more than five years. The SolarEagle is designed to soar in the upper atmosphere for years on end, constantly sending surveillance and intelligence information back to the ground. Darpa, the US military’s new technology agency, has given Boeing an $89 million contract to develop a Solar Eagle demonstrator vehicle which will make its first flight in 2014. During testing, the SolarEagle demonstrator will remain in the upper atmosphere for 30 days, harvesting solar energy during the day that will be stored in fuel cells and used to provide power through the night. The aircraft will have highly efficient electric motors and propellers and a 400-foot wing for increased solar power and aerodynamic performance.”

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