Smart People Quiz


This is a quiz for people who know everything! I found out in a hurry that I’m not one of them.  Hopefully you’ll get more of them correct than the average person.  If not, you can just use them to impress your friends.

1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.

2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?

3. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?

4. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?

5. In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn’t been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?

6. Only 3 words in standard English begin with the letters “dw” and they are all common words. Name 2 of them.

7. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name at least half of them?

8. Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh.

9. Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter “S.”
(Answers Below)



1. Boxing

2. Niagara Falls (The rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute.)

3. Only two vegetables that can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons: Asparagus and rhubarb.

4. Strawberry

5. It grew inside the bottle.. The bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small, and are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the entire growing season. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems.

6. Dwarf, dwell and dwindle

7. Period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation mark, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses.

8. Lettuce

9. Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, skates, snowshoes, stockings, stilts.

Is LOLWOT a legit writing opportunity?


If you’re looking for a site to practice your writing in hopes of gaining knowledge or earn an extra income, you may get a little frustrated. They are sometimes difficult to find. There are content mills which pay close to nothing and blogs that require an audience to earn money. Some of you may want a simple solution such as getting credit for what you’ve written at a moderate or consistent pace.

In my quest for discovering this solution, I discovered LOLWOT.  This site is in direct competition with sites like Bored Panda and Buzzfeed. LolWot has a platform, fortunately, that pays per article.  When I started with the site last year, the pay was $5 for a minimum 150 word article, $5 for a video article of at least 75 words, and $2 per item for list articles with a maximum of 20 items.

This platform accepted articles that were shocking, popular, historically interesting, funny and unusual.  They pay every week on Monday as long as you have a $100 minimum in earnings.  Each completed article has to undergo an editorial approval process before you can submit another. The site claims that the approval process takes between 12 minutes and 2 hours.

My first article was a list only because it had the potential of earning $40 each. Each list item requires a high quality photo.  I discovered that you have to know a little bit about photo editing because the photos have particular size requirements. I submitted a list article for review and moved on to the news and video articles.  Once I passed the preliminary requirements, I had $50 worth of articles in the editorial review queue.

The first set of articles were approved within 3 hours and I quickly wrote another set of each type. It seemed to be going well. Within 24 hours I had already met the minimum payout.  I noticed that the next set of articles took a considerably longer time to get approved. The following Monday was the day. Are they going to honor their word and pay? Sure enough, at 12:11am, the funds were deposited into my PayPal account. $180 was my first deposit since some of my articles were rejected. This of course got me into work mode.  I was thinking $80 per day would be a decent secondary income for doing 3 to 4 hours worth of research, writing and photo imaging.

I started feverishly checking my email and submitting a new article within an hour or two after each approval. However, the editorial review time was getting longer and longer.  Even still, I kept churning out content. My deposits were averaging over $100 every week for a while. One particularly busy week brought in $220. However, there was no deposit the following Monday. I checked again at the end of the day and there was a notice saying that the site was having issues with PayPal.  The funds finally arrived 4 days later but it made me a little leery.

At this time the editorial review process was taking days to approve rather than hours. Again, you cannot add articles until the previous ones are approved. This slowed down my writing and cut my earnings back to less than $100 per week.

Soon, the site added a note requesting only funny articles. A few weeks later they closed submissions for lists.  Only the $5 video and articles were available. Approval time was about 9 hours. At this rate it would take more than a week to earn $100. A few months after this change, they changed the list terms to only $1.50 per item with a maximum of 15 items.

I’m sure you realize I had lost interest after the payment issues. The last time I checked, they were only accepting articles of an NSFW nature at $5 per 150 word article. In answering the question regarding the site’s reputation, it is legit. The process is a little frustrating but if you’re interested, go to, login with your Facebook account and check it out.

Creating an Impressive Business Luncheon

Sometimes it’s hard to understand our clientele. We don’t know whether to kiss up or dominate. But what we say and do pretty much determines how things will pan out. Will we get the account? That’s pretty much the important question here. Food is a universally effective sales tool. We use food on first dates, we use it at office parties, and we even sometimes use it as gifts. Some of us us actually re-gift the fruit cake so much that it actually rips through the packaging! Why not use food to land that next big account? I’m not talking about a huge conference with a lot of people. Try doing a simple business gathering for a small group of 4 to 6 people. Here’s a list for impressing those major clients with a business luncheon.

First of all, you should do a little research. Finding out the person’s lifestyle is just as important as their business track record. Without imposing, discuss whether or not they work out, if they like a certain type of food, if they’re a dessert fanatic, etc. This will also help you plan your budget in the long run. After you complete the first event, you can plan to repeat it every few months for other potential clients.

Invite the clients that you wish to impress as well as some of your most valued current clients. Keep in mind that they should have similar interests, if possible. The current clients will not only make you look good but will most often compliment your business verbally during casual conversations. Follow up with an email or phone call. If they have in fact said yes, give them a courtesy reminder to confirm the date and time.

Your display and ambiance should be inviting. Have a server or two, available. If you’re able to, rent or bring glassware and silverware. Try not to use paper or plastic. This can be really important for an earth-friendly possible client. The food should have its own individual containers. Use warmers for the hot food and make sure to serve the guests. Condiments should be displayed in covered containers, not packages.

Plan a reasonable menu. Your menu should be light but filling. Make sure to have options for particular allergies such as, gluten, fruit, nuts, etc. I’m suggesting chicken salad. Be sure not to hold the onions and garlic! If you’re heading back to the office these odors can be a little offensive and overpowering. A simple, but colorful Green Salad is suggested, using a variety of vibrant colors with spinach, cherry tomatoes, kale, radicchio, carrots, etc. No Iceberg lettuce! For the sake of the guests that do have allergies, cranberries, almonds, and such should be displayed as options for salads. Dessert should be light with only two choices, such as a slice of pound cake and slice of plain cheesecake. You may provide fresh strawberries or blueberries as an optional topping. No sauces or whipped cream. Beverages should include coffee, tea, iced tea, water, and lemonade. Please…no red punch!

Finally, if you like to kiss up as much as some of us do, have a small “thank you for your time” gift, nothing too bulky or overly suggestive. For ladies, it can be a small nicely packaged compact mirror or coin purse, but not too corny. Men usually like to grab and go so this can be a little tricky. It needs to be something that they can shove into their pockets. One of those tiny nail or mustache clipper sets may do the trick. With either gift, choose your packaging creatively so that you can insert your business card or a small note. Try not to use the obvious promotional items with your information printed on them. This small gift is sometimes more effective after the fact. By sending it as a thank you a week or two later, you rekindle the clients thoughts and sometimes persuade them to consider your company even more so.

This particular type of business gesture is a sure way to get attention. It is an unorthodox form of advertising and does take careful planning and a moderate to generous budget. If you keep it simple, keep the business conversation or presentation short, and use some ingenuity, you may just land the next Mark Zuckerberg-type account!

Restful Job Perk That Pays

Many companies are starting to offer perks for healthy employees.  Some companies are adding workout workstations to their floor plans. This allows the employee to work while using a treadmill and sometimes, elliptical machine.  Mark Bertolini is the forward-thinking CEO of Aetna who decided to give his employees monetary incentives for simply getting a restful night of sleep.

The program requirements state that the employee must get seven hours of sleep for at least 20 days in one month.  The hours and sleep patterns are tracked by wearing a Fitbit device.  For every successful 7 hour night of sleep, within the rules and guidelines, the employee earns a bonus of $25.  The company allows each employee to earn up to $500 per year in sleep incentives.  That’s a great way to encourage a healthy sleep pattern.  A restful night will allow more focus and attention to detail.  The sleep compensation program is one of the company’s most successful and rewarding employee ventures and has caused a significant increase in productivity.  Mr. Bertolini is challenging other companies to follow suit.

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