A Good Quiz No Matter Who Created It

May 25, 2011
Here is a quick quiz that demonstrates the value of friendship.

Charles Schulz, cartoonist at his deskI love receiving neat stuff in the mail and wondering whether it is really true or just someone’s idea of what should be true. One of these recently came to my inbox and said that Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts cartoons, had designed a quiz to determine the importance of having people care about you. So I looked it up on Snopes, one of my favorite sites for tracking down fake facts.

Apparently this set of questions first appeared in about 2000. It often came with a quotation at the end that was one that the cartoonist did have a character say, “Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today . . . . it’s already tomorrow in Australia.”

Someone must have seen that line attributed to Schulz and thought the whole piece was by him.

Nevertheless, I think the questions are quite worth asking oneself and so I give them to you, attributing them to that famous author, Anonymous. You are not asked to actually answer the questions, but to ponder them. I think that’s good because I would have a hard time with many of them.

First, ask yourself these questions:
1.  Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2.  Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3.  Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant.
4.  Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5.  Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6.  Name the last decade’s worth of World Series winners. 
How did you do?The point is , none of us remember the headliners of yesterday.
These are no second-rate achievers.
They are the best in their fields.
But the applause dies..
Awards tarnish..
Achievements are forgotten.
Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.Here’s another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1.  List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2.  Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3.  Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4.  Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5.  Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.Easier?
The lesson:
The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money…or the most awards.
They simply are the ones who care the most.
— Anonymous


Today I am probably driving to Glacier National Park and once more gathering wonderful memories. To see how I will do that, read Getting Ready to Gather Memories.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
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Wednesday’s Rorschach Test

April 6, 2011
Where can you see humor?

Cartoons of two men picking the pocket of the otherWhen I came back from my conference last week (and a visit with delightful granddaughters), I discovered a major problem with my email that took hours and dollars to fix. This week I’m getting organized with several upcoming online events in which I’m participating (will tell you about them closer to the time they will happen).

That means that today I am trying to find a quick way to post something to the blog so that you won’t think I’ve fallen in a hole.

After putting on my thinking cap for a minute, I decided to give you a mid-week break with what I used to call “Rorschach Tests” on another website.  Now, I think I will periodically include some of these in the blog. It should give you a light moment (we all need those once-in-awhile) and can keep the blog up-to-date with new material.

For those of you who haven’t been psychoanalyzed or may have forgotten the definition of a Rorschach Test, it is an inkblot with no single or “right” interpretation. Apparently the answer the patient gives to the doctor (usually a psychiatrist) indicates the depths or disturbance of one’s mind. An old joke tells of a man who was given a series of Rorschach inkblots and each time he said they reminded him of sex. “Well,” said the doctor, “it sounds as though you have sex on your mind a great deal.” “Me?”, the patient replied. “You’re the one with all the dirty pictures, doc.”

In any case, the “Rorschach Tests” I’ll include in the blog are simply cartoons I’ve used over the years for the fun of it (plus new ones I’ve gathered along the way). The caption or “meaning” you give to any particular cartoon might offer a deep and penetrating analysis of your psyche. On the other hand, it could simply demonstrate a quirk of mind that enjoys the ability of an artist to produce something that resonates with your funny bone.

When you look at this cartoon, consider three things.

What happened before this scene?

What is happening now?

What will happen next?

Have a great day. As you look around you, what else offers you a chance to make an interpretation (hopefully a humorous one) just for the fun of it?

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