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The world's thinnest office building, located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is only six feet wide.

Hefty Nails

Would you believe that one of the Statue of Liberty's fingernails weights one hundred pounds?

Time to Redecorate the Artroom

Last fall, I had a vivacious student-teacher who wanted to add more color to the cabinets in my art pod. We ran her idea by the principal and set to work. First, we primed the art room cabinets with a waterbase primer available at hardware stores. Next, we set to work interpreting great works of art on the cabinet doors. As we were sharing the teaching tasks, one of us would paint on the cabinet doors with acrylic paint while the other was teaching. The elementary students enjoyed watching as they were working on their projects. We both felt like artists-in-residence.

--Kathy Vaughn, art teacher, and Mary Lea Harris, student teacher, at Hutchison Elementary School in Herndon, Virginia.

Babysitting Wages

I'm fed up with teacher's and their hefty salaries for only nine months work! What we need here is a little perspective. If I had my way, I'd pay teachers babysitting wages. Instead of paying these outrageous taxes, I'd give them $3.00 an hour. And I'm only going to pay them for five hours, not planning time. That would be $15.00 a day. Each parent should pay $15.00 a day for these teachers to babysit their children.

Even if they have more than one child, it's still cheaper than private daycare. Now how many children do they teach a day -- maybe twenty five? That's $15.00 x 25 = $375.00 a day. But remember, they only work 180 days a year! I'm not going to pay them for all the vacations. $375 x 180 = $67,500. Just a minute, my calculator must need batteries. Teachers will say what about those who have ten years of experience and a master's degree? Well, maybe (just to be fair)they could get the minimum wage. We can round that off to about $6.00 and hour, times five hours, times twenty five children. $6.00 x 5 x 25. That's $750 a day times 180 days. That's $135,000. Wait a minute. Babysitting wages are too good for teachers.

--L.C., Long Beach, California

The Big Question

If work is so terrific, how come they have to pay you to do it?

Creative Pitfall

The problem is that there are no tests that judge some things. Technical skill is easier to evaluate and assign a number to than creative ability. It's why schools have so many dumb valedictorians.

--Andy Rooney, 60 Minutes (submitted by Virginia Booth, art teacher, Jasper, Arkansas)

Remember When ...

A computer was an accountant ... a window was something you hated to clean ... a ram was the cousin of a goat ... a keyboard was a piano ... a web was a spider's home ... a virus was the flu ... a CD was a savings account ... a hard drive was a long trip on the road ... and memory was something that you lost with age.

--The Internet
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