Joke:Silent Treatment
Problem:Public Land Survey System: The Solar Compass
Cool Link:American Association for Geodetic Surveying

Joke of the Week: Silent Treatment

A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment.

Suddenly, the man realized that the next day, he would need his wife to wake him at 5:00 AM for an early morning business flight.

Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and lose), he wrote on a piece of paper, "Please wake me at 5:00 AM." He left it where he knew she would find it.

The next morning, the man woke up, only to discover it was 9:00 AM and he had missed his flight.

Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn't wakened him, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed. The paper said, "It is 5:00 AM, Wake up."

Problem: Public Land Survey System: The Solar Compass

Gunter’s chain was invented by Thomas Gunter in eighteenth century England. The instrument was used in public land surveys throughout the nineteenth century. These chains tended to increase in length with extended use. Why?

(A) The constant repairs required by frequent breaks
(B) The elasticity of the materials from which the chains were made
(C) The wearing down of the links and the rings that joined them together
(D) All of the above

Come back next week for the solution!
This is problem 12(5-6) 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: American Association for Geodetic Surveying

The professional society of scientists and other professionals overseeing the development and use of Earth-referencing systems.