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American mathematician Norbert Wiener had a reputation for being a little absent-minded. According to one story, when his family moved to a new Massachusetts home, his wife insisted on supervising every detail of the move because she couldn’t depend on Wiener to remember the important details – like their new address.Wiener went to work on the day
One day many years ago, two young fellows were in a quarrel, and it had signs of becoming serious. Future U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, himself a young man at the time, but with an earnest desire for fair play, was called upon to decide the difficulty. One of the combatants, who had been defeated in the decision, and above whom the towering
A firm needed a researcher. Applicants were a scientist, an engineer and an economist. Each was given a stone, a piece of string and a stopwatch and told to determine a certain building’s height. The scientist went to the rooftop, tied the stone to the string and lowered it to the ground. Then he swung it, timing each swing with the watch. With
The great American filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille said, “Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.”As I’ve said in the past, I always try to start each day with a healthy dose of vitamin C – Creativity. I believe that creative ideas and actions are what make life interesting.More important than drugs and vitamins is having a thick skin and being
Several years ago, a seasoned plumber wrote to the U.S. Bureau of Standards promoting a new procedure for cleaning pipes. The bureau replied: “The efficiency of the recommended solution is completely undisputed. However, there is an inherent incompatibility between the aforementioned solution and the basic chemical structures of the commonly used
A young woman was waiting for her flight at a big airport, so she decided to buy a book to read and a packet of cookies to snack on.  She sat down in an armchair in a VIP lounge to relax and read in peace. A man sat down in the next seat, opened his magazine and started reading.  When she took out the first cookie, the man took one also

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Humorist Erma Bombeck once wrote a column titled "If I   had my life to live over." In it she offered such nuggets of wisdom as, "I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded" and "I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my

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