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According to an unidentified group of data scientists who used census data and Facebook for their study, San Francisco has been dubbed America's Most Pretentious City. Variables include such things as number of yoga studios, coffee houses, Whole Food stores, electric cars and, get this, Moleskin notebooks purchased. Love this.

Our gun culture: vocabulary
We use gun and shooting language to describe lots of things:

Calling shotgun when we want to ride in the front passenger seat
A shotgun house, one that's long and narrow
Bullet points in a memo
Son of a Gun - swear word
Shoot - swear word
Gunning for someone - when you are going to tell somebody off
Straight Shooter - an honest person
Shot glass, shot of whiskey - drink related
Photo shoot, shooting film - photography
Nail gun - carpentry

Famous Psychologists: your graduate degree in a nutshell
Sigmund Freud: gave us the id, the ego and the super ego, penis envy, and a lot of angst
B. F. Skinner: gave us the idea that positive reinforcement can be used to alter behavior
Ivan Pavlov: the famous dog and bell experiment, classical conditioning
William James: Father of the American Psychology, a very pragmatic guy
Jean Piaget: get started on the kids
Alfred Binet: intelligence testing
Carl Jung: archetypes
Alfred Adler: gave us the idea that feeling inferior is the source of all problems

FYI: AARP is now giving tech lessons for seniors. Go to: aarp.org/aarptek for information. Or call them if going online still scares you. 855-380-2139

First Aid Kits, for do it yourselfers. This kit should accompany those emergency kits I talked about in previous issues.
Aluminum splint, with elastic bandages
Eye wash, you can use water for this, but distilled or extra clean water will work
Sun screen, insect repellent
Oral rehydration solution packets
Prescription medication
Headlamp and duct tape
Pain relievers
Antiseptics and antibiotic ointment
Water Filters and potable aqua tablets
Bandages of all sorts
Tweezers and scissors

I can't stress this enough: If you ever go to Kauai, take several garden tours.

Wanna sound like a philosopher? Here are some Kierkegaard quotes:
Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
Once you label me, you negate me.
Trouble is the common denominator of living. It is the great equalizer.
Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward.
Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought that they seldom use.
Truth always rests with the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion.

My favorite fears:
Ailurophobia: fear of cats
Alektorophobia: fear of chickens
Amaxophobia: fear of riding in a car
Anthrophobia: fear of flowers
Bibliophobia: fear of books
Cathisophobia: fear of sitting
Chronophobia: fear of time
Courlrophobia: fear of clowns
Epistemophobia: fear of knowledge
Ichthyophobia: fear of fish
Kathisophobia: fear of sitting down
Lutraphobia: fear of otters
Papyrophobia: fear of paper
Syngenesophobia: fear of relatives

History degree: don't read textbooks, read historical fiction instead. Some of my all time favorite historical novels are:
Regeneration, by Pat Barker, part 1 of her trilogy about the shell shocked soldier/poets of WWI.
Voyage of the Narwhal, by Andrea Barrett: an icebound ship story, unforgettable.
English Passengers, by Matthew Kneale, Australia, 19th century, amazing story.
Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry, The old west comes alive.
Hawaii, by James Michener
Sacred Hunger, Barry Unsworth, slave trade, brutal story.
Lincoln: by Gore Vidal, there are many books about Lincoln. This is a very good one.

I could go on but I won't. There are hundreds of wonderful historical novels "out there" that never get dated because...history. Such an enjoyable way to really understand the past.

(To be continued)

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