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BG’s Positively Speaking

Messy Desks and Late Nights

Some years back, my grandsons visited my office, curious about what grandad did at work. After an hour or so, their curiosity was satisfied. During a later visit, they presented me with a small desktop plaque that read, “A Messy Desk Is A Sign Of Genius.” They had noticed that my office was somewhat disorganized, at least to others; I, however, knew what was in each pile of papers and files. Having seen this organized chaos, I assumed they felt there would not be enough room for a more significant plaque.

For many years, I made room on my desk for that small plaque in appreciation of their ability to see in me what others did not. After all these years, research appears to agree that a messy desk is a sign of genius.

A study by The University of Minnesota suggests that the messy desk of geniuses is actually linked to their intelligence. Suppose you don’t spend much time cleaning and organizing everything around you. In that case, your mind is obviously occupied with more important stuff.

The study also showed that a messy environment led to a more creative workflow.

Psychological scientist Kathleen Vohs says: “Disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition, which can produce fresh insights. Orderly environments, in contrast, encourage convention and playing it safe.”

Couple this study with the findings of another study that “Intelligent people are night owls.” Research has linked night owls to higher IQ. Scores for quite some time with President Obama, Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill, Keith Richards and Elvis Presley, all famous for nocturnal activities. You’re in good company if you tend to go to bed relatively late. Does any of this apply to you? If so, you could be……………..

An Intelligent Genius

The Password

During a recent password audit, our IT. discovered an employee was using the following password: MickeyMinniePlutoHueyLouieDeweyDonaldGoofySacramento.

When they asked why such a long password, the employee said they were told it had to be at least 8 characters long and include at least one capital.

Where In The World

Where would you find this monument, and what is it called?


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Editors Quote Book

“Freedom is the cement that binds nations together.”

—  Ernest Lapointe

Last Will and Testament

A man and his wife were sitting in the living room discussing a “Living Will.”

“Just so you know, I never want to live in a vegetative state, dependent on some machine and fluids from a bottle. If that ever happens, just pull the plug.”

His wife got up, unplugged the TV and threw out all the beer.

Trivia Quiz

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1. Which famous explorer discovered Cuba?
Christopher Columbus.
2. LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) is mainly a mixture of which gases?
Propane & Butane.
3. Which instrument is used for measuring wind speed?
4. How many colours are there in a rainbow?
5. World War 1 began in what year?
6. Who’s tomb, in France, reads, 'He taught us how to become free'?
7. Who was the first female prime minister of India?
Indira Gandhi.
8. What is the capital of Denmark?


Your Horoscope

For Amusement Only

ARIES (Mar 21- Apr 19):  A new idea should be given extra attention. A detailed exploration of it is required. You will find others supportive.

TAURUS (Apr 20- May 20): Life is not a stage. Sooner or later, you must stop acting and reveal your true self.

GEMINI: (May 21- Jun 20):  The answer you seek is only elusive and not unreachable. It will require you to make a more substantial effort.

CANCER (June 21-July 22):   It’s time to begin serious home improvements. Check out what special grants are available.

LEO (Jul 23- Aug 22 ):  If you seek a long-term commitment, you may need to exercise some restraint. Spring will offer more opportunities.

VIRGO (Aug 23- Sept 22):    A serious conversation opens up different choices. Input from others in your circle proves very helpful.

LIBRA (Sept 23- Oct 22):  Get ready for some fun. It’s time to let loose and party. Accept a social invitation that is offered to you.

SCORPIO (Oct 23- Nov 21):  Some news arrives that will cause you to change your plans. Expect to devote more time to the problems at hand.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.21):   Beware of a new acquaintance; their goal may not be compatible with yours. Proceed with caution.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22- Jan 19):   Check your bank account before making new financial commitments. Some unexpected expenses could be coming your way.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):   A new romance could be in your future. You will need to look in a different direction to find it.

PISCES (Feb 19- Mar 20):   Put your family first. You have spent more time away from them than you should have. Make up for lost time.


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The Things We Say

“The Hair of The Dog” is a common expression that refers to the practice of drinking alcohol to cure a hangover. The idea is that consuming a small amount of the same substance that caused the headache and nausea will somehow ease the symptoms. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this claim, and in fact, drinking more alcohol may worsen the condition and prolong the recovery. The origin of the phrase is unclear, but it is generally believed that it comes from the ancient practice of applying the fur of a rabid dog to a bite wound to prevent infection.

Gone Fishing

A father and son went fishing one day. While in the boat, the boy suddenly became curious about the world around him. He asked his father, “How does this boat float?

The father replied, “Don’t rightly know, son.” A little later, the boy looked at his father and asked, “How do fish breathe underwater?” Once again, the father replied, “Don’t rightly know, son.” A little later, the boy asked his father, “Why is the sky blue?” Again, the father replied. “Don’t rightly know, son.” Finally, the boy asked his father, “Dad, do you mind my asking you all of these questions?” The father replied, “Of course not, if you don’t ask questions, you never learn nothin’.”

The Last Word

The best way to remember your wife’s birthday
is to forget it just once.

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