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Miscellany
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Published Sunday, September 22, 2013 @ 2:08 PM EDT
Sep 22 2013

End of the week desktop cleanup...

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The iPhone’s fingerprint lock also works with toes and nipples


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Maybe it was on the fence...
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Published Sunday, September 22, 2013 @ 11:52 AM EDT
Sep 22 2013

A non-native English speaking friend of my was complaining about the behavior of relatives whose loyalty was questionable when situations threatened their perceived well-being.

"I can't trust them," he said. "They're playing both sides of the chicken."

My mind decoded the mixed metaphor as a combination of playing chicken and being on both sides of the fence. But I also started giggling, trying to imagine how one would play both sides of a chicken and, more precisely, why you would want to do so.

Giggling still, waiting for a chance to use that phrase during a conversation and see the reaction...


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Quotes of the day- Fall; the season (and other variations)
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Published Sunday, September 22, 2013 @ 6:40 AM EDT
Sep 22 2013

Each fall at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, football fans cheer for their favorite irrational number: "Cosine, secant, tangent, sine, three point one four one five nine!"
-Bruce Watson

Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees.
-David Letterman

Ah, the gap between expectation and achievement is filled with the screams of good men, still falling.
-Reginald Hill

All through history it's the nations that have given most to generals and the least to the people that have been the first to fall.
-Harry S. Truman

Attempted assassinations are the accidents of kings, just as falling chimneys are the accidents of masons. If we must weep, let us weep for the masons.
-Benito Mussolini

Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.
-Colin Powell

Be aware that a halo has to fall only a few inches to be a noose.
-Dan McKinnon

Character is made by what you stand for; reputation, by what you fall for.
-Robert Quillen

I hate when my foot falls asleep during the day because it means it's going to be up all night.
-Steven Wright

I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?
-Ernest Hemingway

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, is Bambi squashed beneath it any less dead?
-Mason Capwell

If I must fall, may it be from a high place.
-Paulo Coelho

If the liberties of the American people are ever destroyed, they will fall by the hands of the clergy.
-General Marquisde Lafayette

Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is a horizontal fall.
-Jean Cocteau

Man is a fallen god who remembers the heavens.
-Alphonse de Lamartine

Man never falls so low that he can see nothing higher than himself.
-Theodore Parker

Many a man who falls in love with a dimple make the mistake of marrying the whole girl.
-Evan Esar

Night is falling: at dusk, you must have good eyesight to be able to tell the Good Lord from the Devil.
-Jean-Paul Sartre

Old age is not an accomplishment; it is just something that happens to you despite yourself, like falling downstairs.
-Robert A. Heinlein

On the fall of an oak every man gathers wood.
-Menander

One of the main causes of the fall of the Roman Empire was that, lacking zero, they had no way to indicate successful termination of their C programs.
-Robert Firth

Only when a tree has fallen can you take a measure of it. It is the same with a man.
-Anne Morrow Lindbergh

People who wrestle with their consciences usually go for two falls out of three.
-Unattributed

Politics is like a race horse. A good jockey must know how to fall with the least possible damage.
-Edouard Herriot

Romance without finance is a nuisance. Few men value free merchandise. Let the chippies fall where they may.
-Sally Stanford

Running a ball club is like raising kids who fall out of trees.
-Tom Trebelhorn

The bigger they come, the harder they fall on you.
-John Alejandro King (The Covert Comic)

The hardest tumble one can take is to fall over his own bluff.
-Unattributed

The highlight of my baseball career came in Philadelphia's Connie Mack Stadium when I saw a fan fall out of the upper deck. When he got up and walked away, the crowd booed.
-Bob Uecker

The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.
-Paulo Coelho

The shah always falls in the end, Saddam always turns on you, and the Saudis always betray you. If we support evil, the long-term price is almost always too high.
-Ralph Peters, Lt. Col. (Ret)

The sooner you fall behind, the more time you will have to catch up.
(Sign in NASA Onboard Shuttle Software Group)
-Unattributed

There is wonder and a certain wicked pleasure in these giddy ascents and terrible falls, especially as they happen to other people.
-John Kenneth Galbraith

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
-Alexander Hamilton

To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.
-Confucius

We see men fall from high estate on account of the very faults through which they attained it.
-Jean de la Bruyere

Whosoever shall not fall by the sword or by famine, shall fall by pestilence; so why bother shaving?
-Woody Allen

You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it.
-Paulo Coelho

You fall out of your mother's womb, you crawl across open country under fire, and drop into your grave.
-Quentin Crisp

You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward.
-James Thurber


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