# Fun and Games: January 4

January 4, 2010
Joke of the Week: It's the Thought That Counts
Problem of the Week: Public Land Surveying System Problems: History of Public Lands
Cool Link of the Week: DigitalGlobe's Year in Review

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: It's the Thought That Counts

A man was sitting on the edge of the bed watching his  wife who was looking at herself in the mirror.

Since her birthday was not far off, he asked what she'd like to have for her birthday present.

'I'd like to be six again,' she replied, still looking in the mirror.

So on the morning of her birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Lucky Charms, and then took her to Six Flags theme park.

What a day! He put her on every ride in the park--the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Roller Coaster--everything there was.

Five hours later, they staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling, and her stomach felt upside-down.

He then took her to a McDonald's, where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake.

Then, it was off to a movie, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&M's.

Finally, she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed exhausted.

He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, 'Well dear, what was it like being six again?'

Slowly opening her eyes, she looked up at her loving husband, and with a sweet smile, she said, 'Honey, I enjoyed this day more than you know, and I love you very much. But what I really meant was my dress size.'

The moral of the story: Even when a man is listening, he's still gonna get it wrong.

## Problem of the Week: Public Land Surveying System Problems: History of Public Lands

Which of the following authorities supervised the first surveys of public lands?

A. the General Land Office
B. the Act of February 11, 1805
C. the Virginia Charter
D. the Land Ordinance Act

This is problem 2 (5-1) 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

## Cool Link of the Week: DigitalGlobe's Year in Review

DigitalGlobe has made available its 2009 Year-In-Review Image Gallery on Flickr. This year-in-review collection houses a selection of 2009 images, including significant political and cultural events, natural disasters, and innovative architecture. http://bit.ly/6Pc0OL