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Friday, August 08, 2008

Answers People, We Need Answers

OK, here are the answers with some missing, so email me the missing ones and I'll fill them in.

Align your water fowl. - Bob W.
Get your ducks in a row.

There is the widespread misconception that the manicured turf of a neighbor’s yard that which is separated by an iron fence, has somehow reached the upper ranges of the spectrum that is dominated by light energy with a wavelength of roughly 520–570-nm.
The grass is always greener in someone else's yard. (?)

One must be careful not to spew lacrimal fluid just because opaque white liquid, that which is produced by the mammary glands of female mammals, has been accidentally tossed onto the floor.
Don’t cry over spilled milk.
Christopher T.

It is inadvisable to store fresh vintage in ancient containers.
Don't put new wine in old bottles. (paraphrased from Mark2)
Don’t put new wine in old wineskins.

One whose merriment commences at the very end of an enterprise has the most satisfactory merriment of all.
He, who laughs last, laughs best.

Numbering your feathered bipeds in advance of their birth ensures disappointment.
Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.

A winged biped who is willing to forgo sleeping late is always the one who procures the annelid.
The early bird catches the worm.

Four footed furries with whiskers who choose to wear mittens are never able to obtain rodents.
A cat in gloves catches no mice.

Coppers that are retained in safe places are coppers that have been bought by earnest labor.
A penny saved is a penny earned.

Winged bipeds with similar outer coverings tend to gather in homogeneous groupings.
Birds of a feather, flock together.

Many find it difficult to see the entire range of the arbor when closely regarding one specimen. Can’t see the forest for the trees.

It is foolish to weep over the product of ovine lactation when it has already toppled over.
Don’t cry over spilled milk.

Make sure to retain the neonate when quickly disposing of used washing water.
Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.


Proceeding with undue alacrity produces unwanted refuse.
Haste makes waste.

An exceedingly unwise individual may find himself quickly separated from his monetary worth.
A fool and his money are soon parted.
Mary M.

It's impossible to fashion a lustrous fabric receptacle for one's coins and bills from the external hearing organ of an adult female swine.
You cannot make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

The feathered entity you are holding is twice as valuable as the assumption that twice as many are encamped in yonder shrubbery.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Terry W.

One mustn't enumerate one's poultry before it has completed the gestation process.
Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.

Refrain from discarding the infant along with it's cleansing solution.
Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.

Like a domesticated feline on a heated metal building top.
Like a cat on a hot tin roof.

If one is seriously troubled by some aspect of a proposal it would be most wise to simply discount the entire idea and not act upon it.
When in doubt, don't.

Even the smallest amount of the coin of the realm is indeed of value if kept as part of the fortune amassed as a result of your faithful endeavors.
A penny saved is a penny earned.

Multitudinous palm and finger appendages lessen required chores.
Many hands make light work.

The louder he spoke of his honor, the quicker we counted our spoons.
Methinks he doth protest too much.?

An avian character in your appendage is better than double that in a shrub.
A bird in the hand, is worth two in the bush.

Susan N.

A rapidly accelerating spherical sedimentary fragment is almost certainly incapable of collecting organic fungoid material.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
Kalliope D.

Sayings Dana received:

Applying one's dress making skills in a small way early on insures against having to tackle a much larger sewing project at a later time.
A stitch in time, saves nine.

A suture when needed prevents one less than ten.
A stitch in time, saves nine.

Avoiding discomfort prevents desired growth.
No pain, no gain.

Bearing in mind means considering.

Be careful not to hurt the little one with the washing liquid.
Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.

Being away inspires aortic longings.
Distance makes the heart grow fonder.

Collection of sodium chloride crystal is advised.
Take it with a pinch of salt.

Directing equines by the brook doesn't guarantee they will imbibe.
You can draw a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink.

Harvest alfalfa during periods of solar illumination.
Make hay while the sun shines.

If you hurry, you'll find you have a lot of unusable garbage left over.
Haste makes waste.

If your best friend is taking a nap, leave him alone.
Let sleeping dog lie.

I'm absolutely certain I've not been in the presence of a puce bovine, which I consider a good thing. But rest assured, if I ever encounter one, I wouldn't trade places with him.
"I've never seen a purple cow,
I never hope to see one.
But I can tell you anyhow
I'd rather see than be one." by Gelett Burgess, 1895
or Ogden Nash?

or I've never seen a purple cow but I'd rather see than be one.

. . .and this sent in by Jennifer Read
Or, when my grandmother was in college, and the students thought they were being given skim milk, as their rations were suspiciously blue
(she was class of 1909, well before skim milk became the Right Thing)
I never saw a purple cow,
I never hope to see one;
But from the milk we're getting now,
I'm sure that there must be one.

In times of struggle, strong individuals seek out an emporium.
When the times get tough, the tough go shopping.

Lynx lift your larynx?
Cat got your tongue?

Plural panther pelt procurement procedures persist.
There is more than one way to skin a cat.

Retiring at a prudent time, and arising at an equally appropriate hour, leads to soundness of
body, monetary gain and deep insight.
Early to bed and early to rise, makes one health, wealthy, and wise.

Sew slow. Situational hazards inevitably transpire.
A stitch in time, saves nine.?

The dessert contains the definitive evidence.
The proof is in the pudding.

There comes a time when one has to put out the fire, fold the tent and pack up the camel.

There was a definite lack of imbibing during the marathon.
A dry run.

The shedding of tears over a puddle of cow udder liquid should be avoided.
Don’t cry over spilled milk.

When Mr. Ed brings you a package, focus on the bow.
Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

Due to the predictable nature of gravitational forces, the descending pomes of the Malus domestica should be expected to travel only relatively short distances in a lateral direction, thus ending their journey in the vicinity of the mother plant.
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
- Sharon W.


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