11/16/2005 – Editorials



By Richard Peterson

How observant are you? Twenty-five questions about things we see every day or have known about all our lives follow. How many can you get right? These simple questions are harder to answer correctly than you think. The average person can only answer seven correctly.
Check your answers against those which follow after completing all the questions.
1. On a standard traffic light is the green on the top or bottom?
2. How many states are there in the USA? (Don’t laugh, some people don’t know.) 3. In which hand is the Statue of Liberty’s torch?
4. What six colors are on the classic Campbell’s soup label?
5. What two numbers on the telephone dial don’t have letters by them?
6. When you walk does your left arm swing with your right or left leg?
(Don’t you dare get up to see!)
7. How many matches are in a standard pack?
8. On the US Flag is the top stripe red or white?
9. What is the lowest number on the FM dial?
10. Which way does water go down the drain, clockwise or counterclockwise?
11. Which way does a "no smoking" sign’s slash run?
12. How many channels on a VHF TV dial?
13. On which side of a woman’s blouse are the buttons?
14. Which way do fans rotate?
15. How many sides does a stop sign have?
16. Do books have even-numbered pages on the right or left side?
17. How many lug nuts are on a standard car wheel?
18. How many sides are there on a standard pencil?
19. Sleepy, Happy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey, Doc. Who’s missing?
20. How many hot dog buns are in a standard package?
21. On which playing card is the card maker’s trademark?
22. On which side of a Venetian blind is the cord that adjusts the opening between the slats?
23. There are 12 buttons on a touchtone phone. What 2 symbols bear no digits?
24. How many curves are there in the standard paper clip?
25. Does a merry-go-round turn clockwise or counterclockwise?
ANSWERS
1. On a standard traffic light, is the green on the top or bottom? BOTTOM.
2. How many states are there in the USA? (Don’t laugh, some people don’t
know) 50.
3. In which hand is the Statue of Liberty’s torch? RIGHT.
4. What six colors are on the classic Campbell’s soup label? BLUE, RED, WHITE, YELLOW, BLACK and GOLD.
5. What two numbers on the telephone dial don’t have letters by them? 1 and 0.
6. When you walk does your left arm swing with your right or left leg? RIGHT.
7. How many matches are in a standard pack? 20.
8. On the US Flag is the top stripe red or white? RED.
9. What is the lowest number on the FM dial? 88.
10. Which way does water go down the drain, clockwise or counterclockwise?
CLOCKWISE (NORTH OF THE EQUATOR).
11. Which way does a "no smoking" sign’s slash run? TOWARD BOTTOM RIGHT.
12. How many channels on a VHF TV dial? 12 (there is no number 1).
13. On which side of a woman’s blouse are the buttons? LEFT.
14. Which way do fans rotate? CLOCKWISE AS YOU LOOK AT IT.
15. How many sides does a stop sign have? 8.
16. Do books have even-numbered pages on the right or left side? LEFT.
17. How many lug nuts are on a standard car wheel? 5.
18. How many sides are there on a standard pencil? 6.
19. Sleepy, Happy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey, Doc. Who’s missing? BASHFUL.
20. How many hot dog buns are in a standard package? 8.
21. On which playing card is the card maker’s trademark? ACE OF SPADES.
22. On which side of a Venetian blind is the cord that adjusts the opening between the slats? LEFT.
23. There are 12 buttons on a touch tone phone. What two symbols bear no digits? * and #.
24. How many curves are there in the standard paper clip? 3.
25. Does a merry-go-round turn clockwise or counterclockwise? COUNTERCLOCKWISE.
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At last . . . a bumper sticker for both parties. Finally someone has come out with a 100% bipartisan political bumper sticker. This hot-selling bumper sticker out of New York reads:
RUN HILLARY RUN
Democrats put it on the rear bumper. Republicans put it on the front bumper.


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