I'm in Des Moines, Iowa, this week for a math conference. On Sunday, Des Moines received 4 inches of rain. Tornadoes, winds reaching 60 mph, flooding, mudslides, and constant rain is what most of Iowa has seen the last week. When the severe thunderstorms strike, the sky is as black as night and the rain sweeps in horizontal. I have seen miles of farm land under water so deep that you could canoe through the corn fields. Economists like to say that bad weather is good for farmers. With Indiana, Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas, and Nebraska having the same kind of weather as Iowa, how can bad weather be good for farm commodity prices?
Are womens restrooms always or almost always to the right of mens?
When I observe joggers on the street, one is jogging 4 or 5 yards ahead of the other but the gap between the two doesn't change? Why do joggers run together when one wants to lead?
In Muscatine, we have 8 consignment shops who sell their merchandise at a higher price than consumers could buy new at Wal-Mart? Why do people value their second-hand clothes higher than new?
At the end of this school year, 22 teachers left for other positions and 1 retired. Why is teacher turnover so high? After weighing the costs and benefits of the moves, I don't see how many of these teachers gain. I think many mistake activity for achievement.
Many of my students work 20 to 30 hours a week at fast-food restaurants. The money is all disposable income to them. I wonder if there is any other benefit that students gain from this working experience. It's an old joke to tell a student who isn't studying to say, "Would you like fries with that?" meaning that they will only work at McDonalds. So how is it that there's any thing to gain from working at these jobs?