Joke of the Week: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Problem of the Week: North American Datums

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 tosowal@bnpmedia.com.

## Joke of the Week: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Did you know that according to the song, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", Santa has twelve reindeer? Sure, in the introduction it goes "There's Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen..." That makes eight reindeer. Then there's Rudolph, of course, so that makes nine. Then there's Olive. You know, "Olive the other reindeer used to laugh..." That makes ten. The eleventh is Howe. You know, "Then Howe the reindeer loved him..." Eleven reindeer. Oh, and number 12? That's Andy! "Andy shouted out with glee." The proof is in the song!

Source: http://xmasfun.com/Jokes.aspx

## Problem of the Week: North American Datums

Which of the following statements correctly describes the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83)?

(A) The origin of NAD83 is intended to be geocentric.

(B) NAD83 is the horizontal control datum used throughout the western hemisphere.

(C) Coordinates based on NAD83 have replaced those based on NAD27 throughout the U.S.

(D) Both A and B are true.

This is problem 2 (9-1) 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