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Fun and Games: October 15

October 15, 2007
Joke: You know you’re living in 2007 when...
Problem: Surveying Instruments and Procedures: Taping
Cool Link: Library of Congress

Joke of the Week: You know you're living in 2007 when...

1. You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.
2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.
3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.
4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.
5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is
that they don’t have e-mail addresses.
6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.
7. Every commercial on television has a Web site at the bottom of the screen
8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't even have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.
10. You get up in the morning and go online before getting your coffee.
11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )
12. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.
13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.
14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.
15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.


Problem: Surveying Instruments and Procedures: Taping

Any unsupported portion of a steel tape sags in an arc known by which of the following names?

(A) a cycloid
(B) a parabola
(C) a helical arc
(D) a catenary

Come back next week for the solution!
This is problem 51(6-38) from the new second edition of 1001 Solved Surveying Problems by Jan Van Sickle. Reprinted with permission from 1001 Solved Surveying Problems by Jan Van Sickle (1997, 728 pp., Professional Publications Inc.). For details on this and other FLS exam-prep books, call 800/426-1178 or visit www.ppi2pass.com .

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Cool Link of the Week: Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world. Use the search term “surveying,” and you’ll find books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts its collections.

http://www.loc.gov/index.html