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"The deceased was killed by 1207.3557298 Volts AC RMS applied by
accident when he brushed against the output terminal of a John B.
Fluke Company High Voltage Calibrator."
-- fictitious coroner's report by Mike Andrews
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The decision doesn't have to be logical; it was unanimous.
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The default Magic Word, "Abracadabra", actually is a corruption of the
Hebrew phrase "ha-Bracha dab'ra" which means "pronounce the blessing".
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The degree of civilization in a society
can be judged by entering its prisons.
-- F. Dostoyevski
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The degree of technical confidence is inversely
proportional to the level of management.
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The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older
people, and greatly assists in the circulation of the blood.
-- Logan Pearsall Smith
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The departing division general manager met a last time with his young
successor and gave him three envelopes. "My predecessor did this for me,
and I'll pass the tradition along to you," he said. "At the first sign
of trouble, open the first envelope. Any further difficulties, open the
second envelope. Then, if problems continue, open the third envelope.
Good luck." The new manager returned to his office and tossed the envelopes
into a drawer.
Six months later, costs soared and earnings plummeted. Shaken, the
young man opened the first envelope, which said, "Blame it all on me."
The next day, he held a press conference and did just that. The
Six months later, sales dropped precipitously. The beleagured
manager opened the second envelope. It said, "Reorganize."
He held another press conference, announcing that the division
would be restructured. The crisis passed.
A year later, everything went wrong at once and the manager was
blamed for all of it. The harried executive closed his office door, sank
into his chair, and opened the third envelope.
"Prepare three envelopes..." it said.
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The descent to Hades is the same from every place.
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The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
-- William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice"
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The devil finds work for idle circuits to do.