Joke of the Week:Translation Oops
Problem:Geodetic and Control Surveys: The Lambert Projection
Cool Link of the Week:Westward Expansion

Joke of the Week: Translation Oops

A friend was lecturing in Latin America. He was going to use a translator, but to identify with his audience, he wanted to begin his talk by saying in Spanish, "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen." He arrived at the auditorium a little early and realized he did not know the Spanish words for ladies and gentlemen. Being rather resourceful, he went to the part of the building where the restrooms were, looked at the signs on the two doors, and memorized those two words.

When the audience arrived and he was introduced, he stood up and said in Spanish, "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen."

The audience was shocked. He didn't know whether he had offended them or perhaps they hadn't heard him or understood him. So he decided to repeat it. Again in Spanish he said, "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen."

One person in the audience began to snicker. Pretty soon the entire audience was laughing. Finally, someone told him that he had said, "Good evening, bathrooms and broom closets!"

Problem: Geodetic and Control Surveys: The Lambert Projection

Which of the following terms may be correctly applied to the Lambert map projection that is used as the foundation for state plane coordinates in the U.S.?

(A) conformal and conic
(B) azimuthal and equal-area
(C) cylindrical and conformal
(D) conic and sinusoidal
Come back next week for the solution!
This is problem 17(9-10) from the new second edition of1001 Solved Surveying Problemsby Jan Van Sickle. Reprinted with permission from1001 Solved Surveying Problemsby Jan Van Sickle (1997, 728 pp., Professional Publications Inc.). For details on this and other FLS exam-prep books, call 800/426-1178 or .

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Cool Link of the Week: Westward Expansion

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