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Fun and Games: March 1

March 1, 2010
Joke of the Week: Did You Pay Your Taxes?
Problem of the Week: Geodetic and Control Surveys Problems: North American Datums

Each week, we present a surveying problem for you to solve from the third edition of “Surveying Solved Problems for the FS and PS Exams” by Jan Van Sickle, PLS (formerly "1001 Solved Surveying Fundamentals Problems"), some jokes, trivia or other amusing items and a cool link to brighten your day. If you have a joke or link you would like to share, please submit it to ornekianl@bnpmedia.

Joke of the Week: Did You Pay Your Taxes?

A nervous taxpayer was unhappily conversing with the IRS Tax auditor who had come to review his records.

At one point the auditor exclaimed, "Mr. Carelton, we feel it is a great privilege to be allowed to live and work in the USA. As a citizen you have an obligation to pay taxes, and we expect you to eagerly pay them with a smile."

"Thank goodness," returned Mr. Carelton, with a giant grin on his face, "I thought you were going to want me to pay with cash."  

Source: www.ahajokes.com

Problem of the Week: Geodetic and Control Surveys Problems: North American Datums

Which of the following statements correctly describes the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83)?

A. The origin of NAD83 is intended to be geocentric.
B. NAD83 is the horizontal control datum used throughout the western hemisphere.
C. Coordinates based on NAD83 have replaced those based on NAD27 throughout the US.
D. Both A and B are true.

This is problem 2 (9-1) from the NEW third edition of “Surveying Solved Problems for the FS and PS Exams” by Jan Van Sickle, PLS (formerly "1001 Solved Surveying Fundamentals Problems"). Reprinted with permission from “Surveying Solved Problems for the FS and PS Exams” by Jan Van Sickle, PLS (2008 Professional Publications Inc.). For details on this and other FLS exam-prep books, call 800/426-1178 or visit www.ppi2pass.com