Joke of the Week:A Man Who Knows His History
Problem:Surveying Instruments and Procedures
Cool Link of the Week:White House 101

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


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Joke of the Week: A Man Who Knows His History

A man was sitting at the bar of a costume party when someone came up to him and said, “Hey, I thought you were supposed to dress up in something that symbolized your love life?”

The man replied, “I am.”

The guy said, “But you look like Abe Lincoln.”

To which he replied, “That's right. My last 4 scores were 7 years ago.”

Problem: Surveying Instruments and Procedures

The first backsight and foresight are not balanced. What is the difference between their lengths?

(A) 17.75 ft
(B) 3.55 ft
(C) 35.50 ft
(D) 25.73 ft

This is problem 32(6-21) 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

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Cool Link of the Week: White House 101

In celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and Presidents’ Day this month, take a trip to the official Web site of the White House. Here, you can view slideshows of presidential portraits, first ladies and their pets, learn more about the building, discover fun presidential facts, and much more.