Saturday, March 29, 2014

Famous Idioms

A Bird In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush: 
Having something that is certain is much better than taking a risk for more, because chances are you might lose everything.

A Blessing In Disguise: 
Something good that isn't recognized at first.

A Chip On Your Shoulder: 
Being upset for something that happened in the past.

A Dime A Dozen: 
Anything that is common and easy to get.

A Doubting Thomas: 
A skeptic who needs physical or personal evidence in order to believe something.

A Drop in the Bucket: 
A very small part of something big or whole.

A Fool And His Money Are Easily Parted: 
It's easy for a foolish person to lose his/her money.

A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand: 
Everyone involved must unify and function together or it will not work out.

A Leopard Can't Change His Spots: 
You cannot change who you are.

A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned: 
By not spending money, you are saving money (little by little).

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words: 
A visual presentation is far more descriptive than words.

A Piece of Cake: 
A task that can be accomplished very easily.

A Slap on the Wrist: 
A very mild punishment.

A Taste Of Your Own Medicine: 
When you are mistreated the same way you mistreat others.

A Toss-Up: 
A result that is still unclear and can go either way.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words: 
It's better to actually do something than just talk about it.

Add Fuel To The Fire: 
Whenever something is done to make a bad situation even worse than it is.

Against The Clock: 
Rushed and short on time.

All Bark And No Bite: 
When someone is threatening and/or aggressive but not willing to engage in a fight.

All Greek to me: 
Meaningless and incomprehensible like someone who cannot read, speak, or understand any of the Greek language would be.

All In The Same Boat: 
When everyone is facing the same challenges.

An Arm And A Leg: 
Very expensive. A large amount of money.

An Axe To Grind: 
To have a dispute with someone.

Apple of My Eye: 
Someone who is cherished above all others.

As High As A Kite: 
Anything that is high up in the sky.

At The Drop Of A Hat: 
Willing to do something immediately.


Back Seat Driver: 
People who criticize from the sidelines, much like someone giving unwanted advice from the back seat of a vehicle to the driver.

Back To Square One: 
Having to start all over again.

Back To The Drawing Board: 
When an attempt fails and it's time to start all over.

Baker's Dozen: 

Barking Up The Wrong Tree: 
A mistake made in something you are trying to achieve.

Beat A Dead Horse: 
To force an issue that has already ended.

Beating Around The Bush: 
Avoiding the main topic. Not speaking directly about the issue.

Bend Over Backwards: 
Do whatever it takes to help. Willing to do anything.

Between A Rock And A Hard Place: 
Stuck between two very bad options.

Bite Off More Than You Can Chew: 
To take on a task that is way to big.

Bite Your Tongue: 
To avoid talking.

Blood Is Thicker Than Water: 
The family bond is closer than anything else.

Blue Moon: 
A rare event or occurance.

Break A Leg: 
A superstitious way to say 'good luck' without saying 'good luck', but rather the opposite.

Buy A Lemon: 
To purchase a vehicle that constantly gives problems or stops running after you drive it away.


Can't Cut The Mustard : 
Someone who isn't adequate enough to compete or participate.

Cast Iron Stomach: 
Someone who has no problems, complications or ill effects with eating anything or drinking anything.

Charley Horse: 
Stiffness in the leg / A leg cramp.

Chew someone out: 
Verbally scold someone.

Chip on his Shoulder: 
Angry today about something that occured in the past.

Chow Down: 
To eat.

Close but no Cigar: 
To be very near and almost accomplish a goal, but fall short.

Cock and Bull Story: 
An unbelievable tale.

Come Hell Or High Water: 
Any difficult situation or obstacle.

Crack Someone Up: 
To make someone laugh.

Cross Your Fingers: 
To hope that something happens the way you want it to.

Cry Over Spilt Milk: 
When you complain about a loss from the past.

Cry Wolf: 
Intentionally raise a false alarm.

Cup Of Joe: 
A cup of coffee.

Curiosity Killed The Cat: 
Being Inquisitive can lead you into a dangerous situation.

Cut to the Chase: 
Leave out all the unnecessary details and just get to the point.


Dark Horse: 
One who was previously unknown and is now prominent.

Dead Ringer: 
100% identical. A duplicate.

Devil's Advocate: 
Someone who takes a position for the sake of argument without believing in that particular side of the arguement. It can also mean one who presents a counter argument for a position they do believe in, to another debater.

Dog Days of Summer: 
The hottest days of the summer season.

Don't count your chickens before they hatch: 
Don't rely on it until your sure of it.

Don't Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth: 
When someone gives you a gift, don't be ungrateful.

Don't Put All Your Eggs In One Basket: 
Do not put all your resources in one possibility.

Something outstanding.

Down To The Wire: 
Something that ends at the last minute or last few seconds.

Drastic Times Call For Drastic Measures: 
When you are extremely desperate you need to take extremely desperate actions.

Drink like a fish: 
To drink very heavily.

Drive someone up the wall: 
To irritate and/or annoy very much.

Dropping Like Flies: 
A large number of people either falling ill or dying.

Dry Run: 


Eighty Six: 
A certain item is no longer available. Or this idiom can also mean, to throw away.

Elvis has left the building: 
The show has come to an end. It's all over.

Ethnic Cleansing: 
Killing of a certain ethnic or religious group on a massive scale.

Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining: 
Be optomistic, even difficult times will lead to better days.

Everything But The Kitchen Sink: 
Almost everything and anything has been included.

Excuse my French: 
Please forgive me for cussing.

Cock and Bull Story: 
An unbelievable tale.

Cock and Bull Story: 
An unbelievable tale.


Feeding Frenzy: 
An aggressive attack on someone by a group.

Field Day: 
An enjoyable day or circumstance.

Finding Your Feet: 
To become more comfortable in whatever you are doing.

Finger lickin' good: 
A very tasty food or meal.

Fixed In Your Ways: 
Not willing or wanting to change from your normal way of doing something.

Flash In The Pan: 
Something that shows potential or looks promising in the beginning but fails to deliver anything in the end.

Flea Market: 
A swap meet. A place where people gather to buy and sell inexpensive goods.

Flesh and Blood: 
This idiom can mean living material of which people are made of, or it can refer to someone's family.

Flip The Bird: 
To raise your middle finger at someone.

Foam at the Mouth: 
To be enraged and show it.

Fools' Gold: 
Iron pyrites, a worthless rock that resembles real gold.

French Kiss: 
An open mouth kiss where tongues touch.

From Rags To Riches: 
To go from being very poor to being very wealthy.

An old-fashioned and foolish type of person.

Full Monty: 
This idiom can mean either, "the whole thing" or "completely nude".

Funny Farm: 
A mental institutional facility.


Get Down to Brass Tacks: 
To become serious about something.

Get Over It: 
To move beyond something that is bothering you.

Get Up On The Wrong Side Of The Bed: 
Someone who is having a horrible day.

Get Your Walking Papers: 
Get fired from a job.

Give Him The Slip: 
To get away from. To escape.

Go Down Like A Lead Balloon: 
To be received badly by an audience.

Go For Broke: 
To gamble everything you have.

Go Out On A Limb: 
Put yourself in a tough position in order to support someone/something.

Go The Extra Mile: 
Going above and beyond whatever is required for the task at hand.

Good Samaritan: 
Someone who helps others when they are in need, with no discussion for compensation, and no thought of a reward.

Graveyard Shift: 
Working hours from about 12:00 am to 8:00 am. The time of the day when most other people are sleeping.

Great Minds Think Alike: 
Intelligent people think like each other.

Green Room: 
The waiting room, especially for those who are about to go on a tv or radio show.

Gut Feeling: 
A personal intuition you get, especially when feel something may not be right.


Haste Makes Waste: 
Quickly doing things results in a poor ending.

Hat Trick: 
When one player scores three goals in the same hockey game. This idiom can also mean three scores in any other sport, such as 3 homeruns, 3 touchdowns, 3 soccer goals, etc.

Have an Axe to Grind: 
To have a dispute with someone.

He Lost His Head: 
Angry and overcome by emotions.

Head Over Heels: 
Very excited and/or joyful, especially when in love.

Hell in a Handbasket: 
Deteriorating and headed for complete disaster.

High Five: 
Slapping palms above each others heads as celebration gesture.

High on the Hog: 
Living in Luxury.

Hit The Books: 
To study, especially for a test or exam.

Hit The Hay: 
Go to bed or go to sleep.

Hit The Nail on the Head: 
Do something exactly right or say something exactly right.

Hit The Sack: 
Go to bed or go to sleep.

Hocus Pocus: 
In general, a term used in magic or trickery.

Hold Your Horses: 
Be patient.


Icing On The Cake: 
When you already have it good and get something on top of what you already have.

Idle Hands Are The Devil's Tools: 
You are more likely to get in trouble if you have nothing to do.

If It's Not One Thing, It's Another: 
When one thing goes wrong, then another, and another...

In Like Flynn: 
To be easily successful, especially when sexual or romantic.

In The Bag: 
To have something secured.

In The Buff: 

In The Heat Of The Moment: 
Overwhelmed by what is happening in the moment.

In Your Face: 
An aggressive and bold confrontation.

It Takes Two To Tango: 
A two person conflict where both people are at fault.

It's A Small World: 
You frequently see the same people in different places.

Its Anyone's Call: 
A competition where the outcome is difficult to judge or predict.

Ivy League: 
Since 1954 the Ivy League has been the following universities: Columbia, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Yale, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Harvard.


Crossing the street (from the middle) without using the crosswalk.

Joshing Me: 
Tricking me.


Keep An Eye On Him: 
You should carefully watch him.

Keep body and soul together: 
To earn a sufficient amount of money in order to keep yourself alive .

Keep your chin up: 
To remain joyful in a tough situation.

Kick The Bucket: 

Diagonally across. Sometimes called Catty-Corner as well.

Knee Jerk Reaction: 
A quick and automatic response.

Knock On Wood: 
Knuckle tapping on wood in order to avoid some bad luck.

Know the Ropes: 
To understand the details.


Last but not least: 
An introduction phrase to let the audience know that the last person mentioned is no less important than those introduced before him/her.

Lend Me Your Ear: 
To politely ask for someone's full attention.

Let Bygones Be Bygones: 
To forget about a disagreement or arguement.

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: 
To avoid restarting a conflict.

Let The Cat Out Of The Bag: 
To share a secret that wasn't suppose to be shared.

Level playing field: 
A fair competition where no side has an advantage.

Like a chicken with its head cut off: 
To act in a frenzied manner.

liquor someone up: 
To get someone drunk.

Long in the Tooth: 
Old people (or horses).

Loose Cannon: 
Someone who is unpredictable and can cause damage if not kept in check.


Make No Bones About: 
To state a fact so there are no doubts or objections.

Method To My Madness: 
Strange or crazy actions that appear meaningless but in the end are done for a good reason.

Mumbo Jumbo: 
Nonsense or meaningless speech.

Mum's the word: 
To keep quiet. To say nothing.


Nest Egg: 
Savings set aside for future use.

Never Bite The Hand That Feeds You: 
Don't hurt anyone that helps you.

New kid on the block: 
Someone new to the group or area.

New York Minute: 
A minute that seems to go by quickly, especially in a fast paced environment.

No Dice: 
To not agree. To not accept a proposition.

No Room to Swing a Cat: 
An unsually small or confined space.

Not Playing With a Full Deck: 
Someone who lacks intelligence.


Off On The Wrong Foot: 
Getting a bad start on a relationship or task.

Off The Hook: 
No longer have to deal with a tough situation.

Off the Record: 
Something said in confidence that the one speaking doesn't want attributed to him/her.

On Pins And Needles: 
Anxious or nervous, especially in anticipation of something.

On The Fence: 

On The Same Page: 
When multiple people all agree on the same thing.

Out Of The Blue: 
Something that suddenly and unexpectedly occurs.

Out On A Limb: 
When someone puts themself in a risky situation.

Out On The Town: 
To enjoy yourself by going out.

Over My Dead Body: 
When you absolutely will not allow something to happen.

Over the Top: 
Very excessive.


Pass The Buck: 
Avoid responsibility by giving it to someone else.

Pedal to the metal: 
To go full speed, especially while driving a vehicle.

Peeping Tom: 
Someone who observes people in the nude or sexually active people, mainly for his own gratification.

Pick up your ears: 
To listen very carefully.

Pig In A Poke: 
A deal that is made without first examining it.

Pig Out : 
To eat alot and eat it quickly.

Pipe Down: 
To shut-up or be quiet.

Practice Makes Perfect: 
By constantly practicing, you will become better.

Pull the plug: 
To stop something. To bring something to an end.

Pulling Your Leg: 
Tricking someone as a joke.

Put a sock in it: 
To tell noisy person or a group to be quiet.


Queer the pitch: 
Destroy or ruin a plan.


An offer or deal that is declined right now but willing to accept later.

Raining Cats and Dogs: 
A very loud and noisy rain storm.

Ring Fencing: 
Seperated usual judgement to guarantee protection, especially project funds.

Rise and Shine: 
Time to get out of bed and get ready for work/school.

Rome Was Not Built In One Day: 
If you want something to be completely properly, then its going to take time.

Rule Of Thumb: 
A rough estimate.

Run out of steam: 
To be completely out of energy.


Saved By The Bell: 
Saved at the last possible moment.

Someone else who takes the blame.

To escape and not have to pay.

Sick As A Dog: 
To be very sick (with the flu or a cold).

Sitting Shotgun: 
Riding in the front passenger seat of a car.

Sixth Sense: 
A paranormal sense that allows you to communicate with the dead.

Skid Row: 
The rundown area of a city where the homeless and drug users live.

Smell A Rat: 
To detect somone in the group is betraying the others.

Smell Something Fishy: 
Detecting that something isn't right and there might be a reason for it.

Son of a Gun: 
A scamp.

Someone who is left-handed.

Spitting Image: 
The exact likeness or kind.

Start From Scratch: 
To do it all over again from the beginning.


The Ball Is In Your Court: 
It is your decision this time.

The Best Of Both Worlds: 
There are two choices and you have them both.

The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall: 
While the bigger and stronger opponent might be alot more difficult to beat, when you do they suffer a much bigger loss.

The Last Straw: 
When one small burden after another creates an unbearable situation, the last straw is the last small burden that one can take.

The Whole Nine Yards: 
Everything. All of it.

Third times a charm: 
After no success the first two times, the third try is a lucky one.

Tie the knot: 
To get married.

Til the cows come home: 
A long time.

To Make A Long Story Short: 
Something someone would say during a long and boring story in order to keep his/her audience from losing attention. Usually the story isn't shortened.

To Steal Someone's Thunder: 
To take the credit for something someone else did.

humor, not to be taken serious.

Turn A Blind Eye: 
Refuse to acknowledge something you know is real or legit.

Twenty three skidoo: 
To be turned away.


Under the weather: 
Feeling ill or sick.

Up a blind alley: 
Going down a course of action that leads to a bad outcome.

Use Your Loaf: 
Use your head. Think smart.


Van Gogh's ear for music: 
Tone deaf.

Variety Is The Spice Of Life: 
The more experiences you try the more exciting life can be.


Wag the Dog: 
A diversion away from something of greater importance.

Water Under The Bridge: 
Anything from the past that isn't significant or important anymore.

Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve: 
To openly and freely express your emotions.

When It Rains, It Pours: 
Since it rarely rains, when it does it will be a huge storm.

When Pigs Fly : 
Something that will never ever happen.

Wild and Woolly: 
Uncultured and without laws.

Wine and Dine: 
When somebody is treated to an expensive meal.

Without A Doubt: 
For certain.


X marks the spot: 
A phrase that is said when someone finds something he/she has been looking for.


You Are What You Eat: 
In order to stay healthy you must eat healthy foods.

You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover: 
Decisions shouldn't be made primarily on appearance.

You Can't Take it With You: 
Enjoy what you have and not what you don't have, since when you die you cannot take things (such as money) with you.

Your Guess Is As Good As Mine: 
I have no idea.


Zero Tolerance: 
No crime or law breaking big or small will be overlooked.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

A glass of Milk, paid in Full

One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.

Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so brought him a large glass of milk.

He drank it slowly, and then asked, "How much do I owe you?"

"You don't owe me anything," she replied. "Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness."

He said, "Then I thank you from my heart."

As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit.

Year's later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.

Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room.

Dressed in his doctor's gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to the case.

After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room.

She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She began to read the following words:

"Paid in full with one glass of milk"

Signed, Dr. Howard Kelly.

The Last Cab Ride

Twenty years ago, I drove a cab for a living. One time I arrived in the middle of the night for a pick up at a building that was dark except for a single light in a ground floor window.

Under these circumstances, many drivers would just honk once or twice, wait a minute, then drive away. But I had seen too many impoverished people who depended on taxis as their only means of transportation. 

Unless a situation smelled of danger, I always went to the door. This passenger might be someone who needs my assistance, I reasoned to myself. So I walked to the door and knocked.

"Just a minute," answered a frail, elderly voice.

I could hear something being dragged across the floor. After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 80′s stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940s movie. By her side was a small nylon suitcase.

The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets. There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.

"Would you carry my bag out to the car?" she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman. She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb. She kept thanking me for my kindness.

"It's nothing," I told her. "I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother treated."

"Oh, you're such a good boy," she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address, then asked, 

"Could you drive through downtown?"

"It's not the shortest way," I answered quickly.
"Oh, I don't mind," she said. "I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice."

I looked in the rear view mirror. Her eyes were glistening.
"I don't have any family left," she continued. "The doctor says I don't have very long."

I quietly reached over and shut off the meter. "What route would you like me to take?" I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator. We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds. She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, "I'm tired. Let's go now."

We drove in silence to the address she had given me.

It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico. Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her. I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

"How much do I owe you?" she asked, reaching into her purse.

"Nothing," I said.

"You have to make a living," she answered.

"There are other passengers."

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly.

"You gave an old woman a little moment of joy," she said. "Thank you."

I squeezed her hand, then walked into the dim morning light. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life.

I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly, lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away? On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life. We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments. But great moments often catch us unaware—beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Mayonnaise Jar

The Mayonnaise Jar

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and two cups of

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and fills it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured it into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "YES".

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things - God, family,
children, health, friends, and favorite passions. Things, that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else -- the small stuff." he said.

"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "There is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are
important to you..." he told them.

"So... pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Worship with your family. Play with your children. Take your partner out to dinner. Spend time with good friends. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the dripping tap. Take care of the golf balls first -- the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

The professor smiled and said, "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."

Life Lessons

Lesson 1: Naked Wife

A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next door neighbor. Before she says a word, Bob says, "I'll give you $800 to drop that towel." After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob.

After a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 dollars and leaves. The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs. When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks,…

"Who was that?" "It was Bob the next door neighbor," she replies. "Great!" the husband says, "Did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?"

Moral of the story:
If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.

Lesson 2

A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out. The Genie says, "I'll give each of you just one wish" "Me first! Me first!" says the administration clerk. "I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world." Poof! She's gone. "Me next! Me next!" says the sales rep. "I want to be in Hawaii,relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life." Poof! He's gone. "OK, you're up," the Genie says to the manager. The manager says, "I want those two back in the office after lunch."

Moral of the story: Always let your boss have the first say.

Lesson 3

A priest offered a lift to a Nun. She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg. The priest nearly had an accident. After controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg. The nun said,"Father, remember Psalm 129?" The priest removed his hand. But,changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again. The nun once again said, "Father, remember Psalm 129?" The priest apologized "Sorry sister but the flesh is weak." Arriving at the convent, the nun went on her way. On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129. It said, "Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory."

Moral of the story: If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great opportunity.

Lesson 4

A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A rabbit asked him,"Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day long?" The crow answered: "Sure, why not." So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the crow, and rested.

A fox jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the story: To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very high up.

Lesson 5: Power of Charisma

A turkey was chatting with a bull "I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree," sighed the turkey, but I haven't got the energy." "Well, why don't you nibble on my droppings?" replied the bull. "They're packed with nutrients." The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found that it gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fourth night, there he was proudly perched at the top of the tree. Soon he was spotted by a farmer, who shot the turkey out of the tree.

Moral of the story: Bullshit might get you to the top, but it wont keep you there.

Lesson 6

A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field. While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Moral of the story:
1. Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy
2. Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend
3. And when you're in deep shit, it's best to keep your mouth shut!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Past is your Best Teacher

BILL GATES in a restaurant.
After eating, he gave 5$ to the waiter as a tip. The... waiter had a strange feeling on his face after the tip.
Gates realized & asked.What happened?
Waiter: I'm just amazed Bcoz on the same table ur son gave Tip Of... 500$...
& u his Father, richest man in the world Only Gave 5$...?
Gates Smiled & Replied With Meaningful words:
"He is Son of the world's richest man, but i am the son of a wood cutter..."

( Never Forget Your Past. It's Your Best Teacher. )

Friday, March 30, 2012

World's most famous Photograph


Afghan Girl [1984]
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And of course the afghan girl, picture shot by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry. Sharbat Gula was one of the students in an informal school within the refugee camp; McCurry, rarely given the opportunity to photograph Afghan women, seized the opportunity and captured her image. She was approximately 12 years old at the time. She made it on the cover of National Geographic next year, and her identity was discovered in 1992.
Photographer: Steve McCurry

Omayra Sánchez [1985]
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Omayra Sánchez was one of the 25,000 victims of the Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia) volcano which erupted on November 14, 1985. The 13-year old had been trapped in water and concrete for 3 days. The picture was taken shortly before she died and it caused controversy due to the photographer's work and the Colombian government's inaction in the midst of the tragedy, when it was published worldwide after the young girl's death.
Photographer: Frank Fournier

Portrait of Winston Churchill [1941]
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This photograph was taken by Yousuf Karsh, a Canadian photographer, when Winston Churchill came to Ottawa. The portrait of Churchill brought Karsh international fame. It is claimed to be the most reproduced photographic portrait in history. It also appeared on the cover of Life magazine.
Photograph from: Yousuf Karsh

The plight of Kosovo refugees [1999]
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The photo is part of The Washington Post's Pulitzer Prize-winning entry (2000) showing how a Kosovar refugee Agim Shala, 2, is passed through a barbed wire fence into the hands of grandparents at a camp run by United Arab Emirates in Kukes, Albania. The members of the Shala family were reunited here after fleeing the conflict in Kosovo.
Photographer: Carol Guzy

Stricken child crawling towards a food camp [1994]
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The photo is the "Pulitzer Prize" winning photo taken in 1994 during the Sudan Famine. The picture depicts stricken child crawling towards an United Nations food camp, located a kilometer away. The vulture is waiting for the child to die so that it can eat him. This picture shocked the whole world. No one knows what happened to the child, including the photographer Kevin Carter who Left the place as soon as the photograph was taken. Three months later he committed suicide due to depression.
Photographer: Kevin Carter

Segregated Water Fountains [1950]

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Picture of segregated water fountains in North Carolina taken by Elliott Erwitt.
Photographer: Elliott Erwitt, Magnum Photos

Burning Monk - The Self-Immolation [1963]

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June 11, 1963, Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk from Vietnam, burned himself to death at a busy intersection in downtown Saigon to bring attention to the repressive policies of the Catholic Diem regime that controlled the South Vietnamese government at the time. Buddhist monks asked the regime to lift its ban on flying the traditional Buddhist flag, to grant Buddhism the same rights as Catholicism, to stop detaining Buddhists and to give Buddhist monks and nuns the right to practice and spread their religion. While burning Thich Quang Duc never moved a muscle.
Photographer: Malcolm Browne

Bliss [2000]

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Bliss is the name of a photograph of a landscape in Napa County, California, east of Sonoma Valley. It contains rolling green hills and a blue sky with stratocumulus and cirrus clouds. The image is used as the default computer wallpaper for the "Luna" theme in Windows XP. The photograph was taken by the professional photographer Charles O'Rear, a resident of St. Helena in Napa County, for digital-design company HighTurn. O'Rear has also taken photographs of Napa Valley for the May 1979 National Geographic Magazine article Napa, Valley of the Vine. O'Rear's photograph inspired Windows XP's US$ 200 million advertising campaign Yes you can.
Photographer: Charles O'Rear

The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire [1911]

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Picture of bodies at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. Company rules were to keep doors closed to the factory so workers (mostly immigrant women) couldn't leave or steal. When a fire ignited, disaster struck. 146 people died that day.
Photographer: International Ladies Garmet workers Union

Portrait of Karl Marx - The Father of Communism

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Why We Shout In Anger

"Why We Shout In Anger"

A Hindu saint who was visiting river Ganges to take found a group of family members on the banks, shouting in anger at each other. He turned to his disciples smiled and asked.

'Why do people shout in anger shout at each other?'

Disciples thought for a while, one of them said, 'Because we lose our calm, we shout.'

'But, why should you shout when the other person is just next to you? You can as well tell him what you have to say in a soft manner.' asked the saint

Disciples gave some other answers but none satisfied the other disciples.
Finally the saint explained, .

'When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance a lot. To cover that distance they must shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to hear each other to cover that great distance.

What happens when two people fall in love? They don't shout at each other but talk softly, Because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is either nonexistent or very small...'

The saint continued, 'When they love each other even more, what happens? They do not speak, only whisper and they get even closer to each other in their love. Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at each other and that's all. That is how close two people are when they love each other.'

He looked at his disciples and said.

'So when you argue do not let your hearts get distant, Do not say words that distance each other more, Or else there will come a day when the distance is so great that you will not find the path to return.'