TOTD 2018-6-12: 負けるが勝ち–Proverb

It is Japanese lesson time. I will share the meaning of two Chinese characters used in Japanese and from that come up with the meaning of the proverb in the title of this post.

In the title there is 負ける-makeru that has the character for loss. 勝ち-kachi that has the character for win or victory.

Good luck!!!


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Ever hear of Camp Century and Iceworm?

I just recently found out about this. It was built with Swiss technology.

Questions:

Where was this camp made?

When was this camp made?

What was the purpose of this camp?

What happened to the camp?


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TOTD 2018-5-26: The Price is Right

In Japan, the essential appliance is the rice cooker. You wash the rice put the rice in and appropriate amount of water then push a button. That’s it. In about 30 to 40 minutes you have perfect rice. If you want you can do it at night and set the timer so you can wake up to rice for breakfast.

For this game I will make the exchange rate 100 yen to a dollar. So if you guess $20 and the price is 2000 yen you win. The closest guess without going over the amount wins.

This rice cooker is a brand name and can make 5.5 cups of rice.


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TOTD 2018-4-30: Trivia Question

In the 1920s and 1930s what accounted for one third of IBMs sales?

I will put the spoiler down below. In the comments let us know if you guessed correctly or missed it. For those who get it wrong, you will have to spend the day in the Ratburger.org stocks.


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Pop Quiz: You have just wrested a gun from a gunman.

The question is what do you do next? The answer maybe or not be in this list.

  1. You call up David Hogg and ask for advice.
  2. You go to a Hobby Lobby and buy supplies to make placards.
  3. You find a good lawyer to sue for emotional damages.
  4. You order a stack of pancakes, a waffle, and some eggs.
  5. Update: You go to Disneyland.

 


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TOTD 2018-3-21: “He ought to be in jail.”

I am going to share some facts about an evil man.

First, he was sentenced to 2 years in prison for being involved in an investment scandal that was colossal. Poor people lost their savings.

Second, he charged people money just to see his work so much that he recouped more than 50% of his initial investment. People died because of his work.

Third, he made the United States seem second rate. After they were number one for 6 years.

Guess in the comments. The answer is below. Let me know if you guessed right.

Quiz: Best Selling Canadian Plane

I was surprised when I learned this fact. I know some of you are into aviation so get the answer quickly. Others might need hints.

I put up posts like this to have fun and bring out interesting side facts.

You can look at the answer by clicking the spoiler below. Tell me in the comments if you guessed correctly.

 

 


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Happy in Your Work?

Let me remind you of General Yamashita’s motto: be happy in your work.
– Colonel Saito in Bridge on the River Kwai

I had lunch with a friend* on Saturday during which he told me that he’d never been happy in his work. The context for this comment is that he was looking forward to taking a new position within a few months with great anticipation because it would be it would be the first time he expected to enjoy his job.

Since I’ve always enjoyed my work, I assumed many others did too. Is this wrong? How many of you enjoy your work now or have in the past?


*Yes, Dime, I have friends. 😉


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