During a committee meeting at our college we were discussing
how best to teach technology since it changed so fast. I made
the statement that when teaching technology, most teachers
were "flying by the seat of their pants." A few days later in a
faculty retreat, a teacher from our committee told the members
of the retreat that she liked my description of how we were trying
to teach technology. She is, however, from eastern
Europe and still struggles with American idioms. As she gave
me credit for the quote, she said, "Most teachers are teaching
by the fly of their pants!"
I was recently in my local pub in Scotland, and it was pretty quiet.
There were several people sitting at the bar with me, and the bar-lady
was reading a paper.
She looked at me, puzzled, and said "John, you do crosswords, don't
"Yes," I replied, truthfully.
"I've got one here - 'Stranded, as on a desert island', 10 letters, and
the first is 'M'. Any ideas?"
"Marooned," I said.
The other customers shouted out their orders: "A whusky," "a pint o'
heavy", etc, etc.
Delighted at this display of humour, I refused to pay for a drop.
In February, Santiago Alvarado, 24, was killed in Lompoc, Calif.,
as he fell face-first through the ceiling of a bicycle shop he was
burglarizing. Death was caused when the large flashlight he had
placed in his mouth (to keep his hands free) crammed against the
base of his skull as he hit the floor.
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