ISSUE No 57 www.salisburyu3a.org.uk JANUARY 2008
A Happy New Year To All The Members of SPIRE U3A
The decorations are down and our homes are starting to return to normal and the first U3A Coffee Morning of the year is underway. The committee hope that you continue to enjoy your membership in this, our 10th Anniversary Year.
The four meetings shown below will take us to the end of the season. There are more details on the U3A web site.
Jan 28th 2008 ‘Meningococcal disease and the road to effective Vaccines’
by Andy Gorringe
February 25th 2008 'Voyage to the Planets' by Brian Ford.
A talk on the Astronomy of our nearest neighbours.
March 31st 2008 ‘Mary Rose, 25 Years On’ by Dr Ken Collins.
Come and hear what has happened in the last 25 years.
April 28th 2008 ‘Blacksmithing’ by Linda Baker
* Spire organises these meetings but members from the other Salisbury U3As are invited. There is no need to have your name down to attend. Just turn up on the day, usually in the Memorial Hall, Harnham unless otherwise stated*
Shortage of news from members has forced the Editor to fall back on ‘silly things to say’ It’s up to you all or she will find ‘silly things to do’ and there will be no newsletter in March!
LIFE IN THE 1500'S
The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature
isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about
Getting quite an education, aren't you?
In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big
pot that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the
pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for
dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start again the next
day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme,
Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.
|Q1. A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms: The first is full of raging fires, the second is full of assassins with loaded guns, and the third is full of lions that haven't eaten in 3 years. Which room is safest for him?|
|Q2. A woman shoots her husband. Then she holds him under water for over 5 minutes. Finally, she hangs him. But 5 minutes later they both go out together and enjoy a wonderful dinner together. How can this be?|
|Q3. A magician was boasting one day at how long he could hold his breath under water. His record was 6 minutes. A kid that was listening said, "that's nothing, I can stay under water for 10 minutes using no type of equipment or air pockets!" The magician told the kid if he could do that, he'd give him $10,000. The kid did it and won the money. Can you figure out how?|
|Q4. There are two plastic jugs filled with water. How could you put all of this water into a barrel, without using the jugs or any dividers, and still tell which water came from which jug?|
|Q5. What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and grey when you throw it away?|
|Q6. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday?|
|Q7. This is an unusual paragraph. I'm curious how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it? It looks so plain you would think nothing was wrong with it! In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is unusual though. Study it, and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out! Try to do so without any coaching!|
|Q8. You are participating in a race. You overtake the second person. What position are you in?|
|Q9. If you overtake the last person, then you are...?|
|Q10. (In your head!) Take 1000 and add 40 to it. Now add another 1000. Now add 30. Add another 1000. Now add 20. Now add another 1000. Now add 10. What is the total?|
|Q11. Mary's father has five daughters: 1 Nana, 2 Nene, 3 Nini, 4 Nono. What is the name of the fifth daughter?|
|Answers: See at the bottom of this page---No Cheating---At least try to do them all first!|
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