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Fun and Games: January 19

January 19, 2009
Joke of the Week: Today's Stock Market Report
Problem: Public Land Surveying System: Limits and Adjustments
Cool Link of the Week: TerraServer-USA

Each week, we present a surveying problem for you to solve from "1001 Solved Surveying Fundamentals Problems" by Jan Van Sickle, PLS, 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 lyonsw@bnpmedia.com.

 

Have fun, and have a great week!




Joke of the Week: Today's Stock Market Report

Helium was up. Feathers were down. Paper was stationary.
Fluorescent tubing was dimmed in light trading. Knives were up sharply.
Cows steered into a bull market. Pencils lost a few points.
Hiking equipment was trailing.
Elevators rose, while escalators continued their slow decline.
Weights were up in heavy trading.
Light switches were off.
Mining equipment hit rock bottom. Diapers remain unchanged.
Shipping lines stayed at an even keel.
The market for raisins dried up.
Coca Cola fizzled.
Caterpillar stock inched up a bit.
Sun peaked at midday.
Balloon prices were inflated.
And Scott Tissue touched a new bottom.
And batteries exploded in an attempt to recharge the market.

Problem: Public Land Surveying System: Limits and Adjustments

Which of the following statements correctly describes the applicability of the Manual of Surveying Instructions with regard to lands that have passed from the public domain into private ownership?

(A) All lands once in the public domain are under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management.
(B) Lands that have passed from the public domain into private ownership are under the jurisdiction of state law.
(C) Many states have adopted the principles and rules laid down in the Manual of Surveying Instructions through state court opinions and statute laws.
(D) Both B and C are true.

This is problem 16(5-8) from the new second edition of “1001 Solved Surveying Fundamentals Problems” by Jan Van Sickle, PLS. Reprinted with permission from “1001 Solved Surveying Fundamentals Problems” by Jan Van Sickle, PLS (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: TerraServer-USA

TerraServer-USA is one of the world's largest online databases. It provides free and easy public access to a vast store of topo maps, urban area maps and aerial photographs of the United States.

www.terraserver-usa.com