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Keep Moving Ahead One Step at a Time

-- ABC American Inventor Finalist, Erik Thompson, Scores a Touchdown --
-- ABC, Freemantle Media North America Inc. and affiliates of the show, American Inventor, have agreed to pick up the rights to manufacture and produce Erik Thompson's Catch Vest.
As an added bonus All-Pro wide receiver Jerry Rice has endorsed the product. The Catch Vest, aka the Receiver Trainer Pole, helps train receivers to catch the football out in front with their hands instead of with their chest. Thompson was awarded $50,000 as advancement toward future royalties and presented other sports training products at the American Football Coaches Association in January of 2007 in San Antonio, Texas.

-- This is truly a brilliant invention. This device appears to dramatically reduce the learning curve for catching a football. Quarterbacks everywhere are celebrating.

-- After being a finalist on the American Inventor Show, Erik Thompson and Danard Bailey have started their own website called http://thepitchcoach.com where you can hire Erik and Danard to motivate your team or company. Also you will soon be able to buy the DVD called "The Pitch Coach" to teach other inventors how to pitch their inventions to the industry.

-- Erik and Danard held a nationwide tour of seven major cities helping fellow inventors prepare their pitch for the second season of the American Inventor in June. The Pitch Coach, were in: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Austin.

-- AMERICAN INVENTOR was an exciting new primetime reality show for ABC from Simon Cowell and the producers of American Idol.
- It last auditioned in March and April, 2007, its Second Season; undertaking the biggest search ever for America's best new invention with a million-dollar 1st prize. The show uncovered the hottest new products and made some struggling inventors' dreams come true with separate prizes of $50,000 each. The show celebrated the best in homespun American ingenuity and even turned one person's idea into the next big thing..a marketable product. Sorry, Inventors, it appears that there won't be a Third Season.

-- "Innovation: Give referee technology a sporting chance - tech - 15 May 2009 - New Scientist" --

-- Thought of the day --
-- "I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.'" -- William Penn, 1644-1718,
Religious Leader and founder of Pennsylvania

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On the Road to Wealth
-- INVENTING May Take You Out of Your Bad Rut and Put You Back on Your Feet?
-- Top 13 signs that you're flat broke --

1. You try washing toilet paper to re-use the cleaner side of it.
2. At communion you go back for seconds.
3. You finally clean your house, hoping to find change...just anything of value!
4. You've rolled so many pennies you've found that you've formed a psychic bond with Abe Lincoln.
5. You look at your roommate longedly and see a large fried chicken in tennis shoes.
6.You're formulating a plan to rob the food bank.
7. McDonald's supplies you with all your kitchen condiments.
8. You think of a lottery ticket as an investment.
9. You gave blood ... just for the orange juice.
10. American Express calls and says: "Leave home without it!"
11. Long distance companies don't call you to switch anymore.
12. You don't look at your mail because all your junk mail turns out to be bills.
13. You'll even try to turn-in money-saving-coupons for their cash value.

-- "Never let your persistence and passion turn into stubbornness and ignorance." -- Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

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-- "5 Tips to Get your Direct Marketing Message Right"
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-- "Business & Small Business" --
-- "NFIB - National Federation of Independent Business" --
-- "U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Small Business Center"

-- Thought of the day:
-- "You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence is not an event - it is a habit." -- Aristotle 384-322 BC. Philosopher and Scientist

(Ship High In Transport) -- Manure:
-- "In the 16th and 17th centuries, everything had to be transported by ship and it was also before the invention of commercial fertilizer, so large shipments of manure were common.

-- It was shipped dry, because in dry form it weighed a lot less than when wet, but once water (at sea) hit it, it not only became heavier, but the process of fermentation began again, of which a by product is methane gas.

-- As the stuff was stored below decks in bundles you can see what could (and did) happen.

-- Methane began to build up below decks and the first time someone came below at night with a lantern, BOOOOM!

-- Several ships were destroyed in this manner before it was determined just what was happening.

-- After that, the bundles of manure were always stamped with the term "Ship High In Transit" on them, which meant for the sailors to stow it high enough off the lower decks so that any water that came into the hold would not touch this volatile cargo and start the production of methane.

-- Thus evolved the term "S. H. I. T ", (Ship High In Transport) which has come down through the centuries and is in use to this very day.

-- You probably did not know the true history of this word. Neither did I.

-- I had always thought it was a golf term."

-- "Manure recycled into floors, furniture? - Environment - MSNBC.com" --

-- "My Way - My Way Today - Garden Tip" --

"Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey." -- -- Brass Balls:

-- One more: Bet you didn't know this!
-- In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters carried iron cannons. Those cannons fired round iron cannon balls. It was necessary to keep a good supply near the cannon. However, how to prevent them from rolling about the deck? The best storage method devised was a square-based pyramid with one ball on top, resting on four resting on nine, which rested on sixteen. Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon. There was only one problem...how to prevent the bottom layer from sliding or rolling from under the others. The solution was a metal plate called a "Monkey" with 16 round indentations. However, if this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust to it. The solution to the rusting problem was to make "Brass Monkeys."

-- Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more and much faster than iron when chilled. Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannonballs would come right off the monkey. Thus, it was quite literally, "Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey." -- (And all this time, you thought that this was an improper expression, didn't you :-))

-- Which reminds me: - Remember the Comedian, Joey Bishop, the side-kick of Regis Philbin? He was always saying, "Son-ova-gun!" -- Is it coming back to you? - Now you remember.

-- In the days of iron men and wooden ships a sailing vessel would seek food supplies at tropical isles: Mangos, bananas, breadfruit, dates, coconuts, etc. And of course, the bare bosomed maidens came aboard. Trades and investments were made. Who could say who would get the best of the deal? Oh, to be a sailor in those days, and long for the girl or wife back home.

-- The ship would leave--a fond farewell, and nine months later, a son-of-a-gun.

-- "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea." - Most people believe that this means "between Satan and the bottom of the ocean." However, devil, in this case, has nothing to do with the ruler of the kingdom of evil. The "devil" is a seam in a wooden ship's hull that is very difficult to access, so called "the devil to get at" when caulking.

 -- -- Why A Ship Is Called "SHE"

A ship is called "she" because there is always a great deal of bustle about her; there is usually a gang of men about', she has a waist and stays; it takes a lot of paint to keep her looking good; it is not the initial expense that breaks you, it is the upkeep; she can be all decked out; it takes an experienced man to handle her correctly, and without a man at the helm, she is absolutely uncontrollable. She shows her topsides, hides her bottom and, when coming into port, always heads for the buoys. - Jeanne

-- -- A NAVAL REMINISCE by Chief Personnelman, H.R. Scheinkman, USNR-R --

-- When I was a young man in my early teens and twenties I wore my "Summer Whites," (that is) my summer sailor-uniform, when attending the U.S. Naval Reserve in the Summertime. - My mother used to call it "Your Sailor Suit." My mom didn't know any better, and I kept telling her "It's NOT a sailor suit, Ma, it's a NAVAL UNIFORM!" - I was proud of my Navy and I was proud of my uniform.

-- Now the Army and the Airforce had much better looking uniforms. - The Marines, hands down, had the best looking uniform of all...but we Sailors didn't speak well of those Jarheads, so I won't go further with handing out due praise. -- My purpose of even bringing uniforms into this article is to teach you how to adapt.

-- Sure, the 'whites' got dirty (and showed it). Sailors stood out in a crowd and when they would walk down the street together, wearing their white uniforms, they looked GREAT!! - Sailors did their best to keep their whites, spotless.

-- There is a slight military secret, (so-to-speak), that I'll reveal to you. - Today's street kids haven't found this out yet and would find it darn impressive to know it: That Sailors had "Custom Made Liberty Uniforms," those blue-dress uniforms which were worn when they were in-town, off ship 'on liberty'.. they had these 'custom tailored.' They made them to fit themselves like a glove. [Some had 'custom white' uniforms, too.] They had a hidden zipper up the side of the blouse to the armpit to help in getting their blouse on and off. They had beautiful hand-sewn silk eagles, dragons and Chinese caligraphy sewn under their cuffs and under their uniform neck scarf. They even had hidden pockets with zippers. And they polished their shoes to a 'spit shine' glossy mirrored finish. --

-- Sailors 'squared' their white hats onto the back of their heads and not to the 'two fingers above their right eyebrow' as perscribed 'Regulation.'

-- It wasn't a 'new tatoo' that one 'salt' would impress upon his sailing buddies. No siree.. it was when he rolled back his cuffs or flipped-up his neck-scarf that his one-upmanship wowed them!!

-- Sailors Adapted.

-- On Ship, a Sailor was true-blue Navy. Off Ship, he was a truer "Sailor, and proud of it."

-- What am I getting at or heading to?: -- You, my fellow Inventors, should learn to adapt. -- You work within the System.

-- You make do with what you 'got', that what was handed to you. You obey the rules on the surface.. [the what obviously the public sees]. But you can try to get away with whatever serves your NOW purpose, to make your own life worthwhile and fullfilling. - [Just don't do anything illegal that'll get you thrown into jail.]

*- Remember: "A turtle only gets ahead by sticking its neck out."
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Did you ever wonder where certain sayings came from? I know of one: "He was caught red-handed." I think I started this one by my passing around this Sea Story:

In my Naval Career, I met a sailor who told me this story about himself, that I repeated to others, who then retold and retold it. The catch word was "Caught red-handed."

Let me prepare your mind for this one...

This one sailor always wore his white uniform while working in the Headquarters Office. It was required to wear 'whites,' in line with his position as Staff Yeoman, i.e. office clerk-typist. - When off-duty, he would wear his standard Naval blue chambray, long sleeved work shirt and blue dungarees.. as what most sailors wore at their work stations doing their daily routines.

He generally sent his dirty clothes and dirty linen to the ship's laundry and cleaners, but this time he took his sea bag with his personal gear back home with him. He brought it home for his wife to do his laundry. [She would remember why she missed him so much.] :-)

He excitedly came back into our office and said, "My wife was mad at me something awful! She said that she had evidence that I was fooling around with some other woman. -- She wanted to know how I got lipstick on my pant's fly?!!"

He went on: "I couldn't understand what the hell she was talking about?!! You know I was at work with you guys, here all the time?? -- What lipstick?? --- Then I figured out that it was my red fingers causing it - when I went to the bathroom."

You see, he didn't smoke cigarettes. His bad habit was in his eating red-coated salted pastaccio nuts, which left his fingers coated red. --- "She thought she had caught him red handed, with his turtle sticking its head out." :-))

CLEVER QUOTE: -- “To get what you want out of life, you have to help enough other people get what they want out of life”… Zig Ziglar
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-- Talk Up Your Business: How to Get More Customers via Public Speaking --

As legendary speaker Zig Ziglar used to say, "If you're the one up there giving a speech, people automatically think you're the expert." All customers want to feel that they're doing business with the best of best. Speaking puts you at that best of the best, expert level.

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If you're so smart, why aren't you rich? -- SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW EVERYTHING?

-- AN ELEPHANT NEVER FORGETS --

-- A circus came into a town. To increase attendance, they had on their billboard "$100 Dollars to anyone who can make the elephant jump!" They had a sure thing; an elephant can't jump.

This ten year old kid walks up to the elephant and says, "Jump." The elephant doesn't move a muscle. He then walks behind the elephant and with his baseball bat, hits the elephant in his balls. The elephant not only jumps, he runs out of the tent causing a riot. :-))

The next year, the circus comes back in town. This time, they have on their billboard "$100 Dollars to anyone who can make the elephant shake his head "Yes" and "No."

The now eleven year old kid with his baseball bat walks up to the chained elephant and says, "Do you still remember me?" The elephant never forgetting this kid, nods his head up-and-down.

The kid says, "Do you want me to swing at your balls again?" --- And the kid wins the $100.
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-- Did you know ...
A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.

A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.

A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.

A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

A snail can sleep for three years.

Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.

"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt."

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.

If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.

It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand and "lollipop" with your right.

The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel fuel that it burns.

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.

The words 'race car,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

There are more chickens than people in the world.

There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous":  tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."

There's no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewable Vitamins.

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself.

-- "Patents By Country, State, and Year - Utility Patents (December 2012)" --

Okay.................Now you know everything! R-i-g-h-t :-))  

You're getting smarter already !! http://www.census.gov/population/www/popclockus.html

-- -- Quotes -- --

You have to learn to crawl before you can grovel.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Of course, so does falling down a flight of stairs.

Never underestimate your ability to overestimate your ability.

Laughter is the best medicine, but in certain situations the Heimlich maneuver may be more appropriate.

Never say die. I've tried, and it doesn't actually make people die.

It takes a village to raise a child - to hate all of the people in the next village.

The key to someone's heart is never lost: It's just that the locks were changed, 'cause you're some kind of psycho.

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you're probably the executioner.

Every dog has his day. Of course, his day consists of smelling other dogs' butts.

You've got to kiss a lot of frogs before you find the prince. But he probably isn't going to be interested in some frog-kisser.

Aspire to greatness. But remember that no one ever assassinated a refrigerator repairman.

A high tide lifts all boats, except those with a big gaping hole in the bottom.

There are none so blind as those who have been in an accident at a fertilizer factory.

You can run but you can't hide, except apparently along the Afghan-Pakistani border.

Say not that honor is the child of boldness, nor believe that the hazard of life alone can pay the price of it; it is not the action that is due, but to the manner of performing it. You got all that? Me neither.

True beauty is on the inside, where no one will ever see it.

You can do anything if you want it bad enough. That is why we see so many people who can fly.

Every failure is a step to success up a ladder that will eventually collapse under the weight of all those failures.
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-- Thought of the day

-- "It is important to acknowledge a mistake instantly, correct it, and learn from it. That literally turns a failure into a success. Success is on the far side of failure."

T.J. Watson
1874-1956, Founder of IBM

-- -- Strange Animal Facts --

Blue whale babies weigh up to 7 tons at birth.

A female cod can lay up to 9 million eggs.

Snakes can see through their eyelids.

Elephants spend 23 hours a day eating.

Vultures sometimes eat so much they can't take off again.

The Amazon 'Jesus Christ lizard' can run across water.

The biggest Antartic inland animal is a wingless fly measuring about 60 mm long.

Fleas can jump up to 30 cm, twenty times their own body length.

Bluebottle flies can smell meat from distances 7 km away.

Many birds migrate, but the Arctic tern travels furthest. It flies from the Arctic to the Antarctic, and back again, a trip of 32,000 kilometers.

Some animals can regrow parts of their bodies if damaged. Starfish can grow new 'arms.' Glow-worms can regrow broken-off tails. Lizards can grow new tails.

One golden poison-dart frog could kill up to 1500 people with its poison.

The giant squid has the largest eyes of any animal. They can be 39 cm across, which is 16 times wider than a human eye.

The peregrine falcon can spot its prey from more than 8 km away.

The sleepiest mammals are armadillos, sloths and opossums. They spend 80 per cent of their lives sleeping or dozing.

A mayfly only lives one day, but a tortoise can expect to live 100 years.

Stegosaurus was one of the most famous of the dinosaurs and was an impressive 9 metres long. But its brain was the size of a walnut.