Tidbits & Quotes: February 2005


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  • Everything here is my very personal collection and does not reflect the opinions of current or past employers, nor does it stem from confidential information obtained there. Also, I do not personally share the opinion of all of the quotes posted here.



Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.

Charles Mackay

Posted Feb 24, 2005 | # | Category: Quotations

A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious, and laced with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music, and anything else he could think of to "clean up" the bird's vocabulary. Finally, John was fed up, and he yelled at the parrot.The parrot yelled back. J ohn shook the parrot, and the parrot got angrier and even ruder. John, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird, and put him in the freezer.

For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute. Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms and said "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior."

John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude. As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird continued, "May I ask what the turkey did?"


Posted Feb 20, 2005 | # | Category: Jokes

It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.

H. L. Mencken

Posted Feb 19, 2005 | # | Category: Quotations

It never occurred to them that, if everyone had to think outside the box, maybe it was the box that needed fixing.

Malcolm Gladwell

From the article "The Talent Myth"

Posted Feb 15, 2005 | # | Category: Magazines & Sites

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.

Thomas Jefferson

Posted Feb 10, 2005 | # | Category: Quotations

The genetic differences between the sexes are hundreds of times more significant than the differences between the races. You can't look an fMRI of someone and say, "That's an African-American brain, or a Caucasian brain." But you can differentiate between a male and female brain.

Steven B. Johnson

"Battle of the Sexes", January 23, 2005

Posted Feb 06, 2005 | # | Category: Magazines & Sites

I realize that it's quite possible I'm losing my mind. I'm glad that for the most part I'm not aware it's happening.

Stanley Bing

From Fortune magazine, Nov 29, 2004, p. 86
Article "20 things I'm thankful for"

Posted Feb 02, 2005 | # | Category: Magazines & Sites


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