Sometimes, we all need to take that step back from work and think about silly things or things we kind of have wondered about. Here are a few of my points to ponder when I’m not thinking about heating or air conditioning:
- Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
- Is it good if a vacuum cleaner really sucks?
- Why is the 3rd hand on a clock called the second hand?
- If a word is misspelled in a dictionary, how would we ever know?
- Why do we say something is “out of whack” — What’s a whack?
- Why does “slow down” and “slow up” mean the same thing?
- Why does “fat Chance” and “slim chance” mean the same thing?
- Why do TUG boats push their barges?
- Why are they called “stands” when they are made for sitting?
- Why is it called “after dark” when it is really “after light”?
- Doesn’t “expecting the unexpected” make the unexpected expected?
- Why are a wise man and a wise guy opposites?
- Why do “overlook” and “oversee” mean the opposite?
- Whys is phonics not spelled the way it sounds?
- If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?
- Why do we put suits in a garment bag and garments in a suit case?
- How come abbreviated is such a long word?
And my personal favorites:
- If you are cross-eyed AND have dyslexia, can you read all right?
- AND LASTLY: — THE ONE THAT HAS PERPLEXED PEOPLE FOREVER —- Why do we press harder on the button of the remote control when we now the batteries are dead?
We all need to take our minds off our work from time to time. I have been told that I have too much time on my hands, especially when I post things like this. I’ll leave you with one last piece of information about me:
(JANE SEABROOK illustration. JANE SEABROOK is an illustrator and designer who lives in Auckland , New Zealand . In recent years, her artwork has focused on paintings of wildlife for the Fury Logic series of books. She shares her life with her husband, two teenage children, and a growing menagerie of assorted animals. The picture above is an excerpt from one of her Fury Logic books. They are all great reads.)