Silver linings are everywhere.

Written by David Leonhardt

Viagra. That one word packs a lot of punch. Let's face it; there is little that has been derided more than Viagra. Onrepparttar talk shows, it has beenrepparttar 118278 butt of more jokes than Michael Jackson and Saddam Hussein combined. For example:

(OK, OK. I admit I was going to share an example or two, but I couldn't find any clean enough to pass my censor's well-trained eyes.)

Of course, if you are not laughing yet fromrepparttar 118279 jokes you could imagine I might have told, it may be because you are so fed up of receiving offers for Viagra in your email inbox, right up there withrepparttar 118280 prospect of enhancing body parts you didn't even know you owned. In fact, you may even be convinced that spam was invented just to deliverrepparttar 118281 Viagra industry's message to your personal desktop.

Can anything good come from Viagra?

As a matter of fact, yes. Scientists have actually found a benefit from Viagra (No, I am not talking about experimenting in their labs.) Apparently Viagra is good forrepparttar 118282 environment.

It took a lot of work and several failed attempts to reach this conclusion. First,repparttar 118283 scientists tried to use Viagra as an additive to revive lakes that were dying from acid rain. Unfortunately, it raisedrepparttar 118284 lake's body temperature and friedrepparttar 118285 fish.

Then they tried using Viagra to replace polluting dry cleaner chemicals, but clothes came back too rigid to wear: "Hey, how come my fleece isn't soft anymore?" "I thought I told you not to starch my collars." "Ouch!"

The researchers tried feeding Viagra to swine, cattle, and chickens, hoping to replace feed sources that now consume vast areas of land. However,repparttar 118286 farm animals wouldn't touchrepparttar 118287 stuff. The cockroaches, however, found it energizing, and before long there were very few barns left.

Next they decided to see if Viagra could be used as a low-polluting fuel to heat homes inrepparttar 118288 winter. That option looked promising ... until airplanes started hittingrepparttar 118289 rising chimney stacks. Oops. Thenrepparttar 118290 scientists tried offering Viagra to allrepparttar 118291 taxi drivers who insisted on idling their polluting engines between fares. Unfortunately, it seems that most cab drivers preferred idling to anything Viagra could do for them (which may explainrepparttar 118292 way they drive.)

You Think You've Got Communication Problems Where You Work? Read This.

Written by Susan Dunn, M.A., The EQ Coach

Here are some maintenance log entries from a major airline – or sorepparttar email says, showingrepparttar 118277 problems reported by pilots (P) and solutions recorded by mechanics (S).

It’s probably true. You couldn’t make these things up.

P: Left inside main try almost needs replacement. S: Almost replaced left inside main try.

P: Test flight OK, except autoload very rough. S: Autoland not installed on this aircraft.

P: No. 2 propeller seeping prop fluid. S: No 2 propeller seepage normal. Nos. 1, 3 & 4 propellers lack normal seepage.

P: Something loose in cockpit. S: Something tightened in cockpit.

P: Dead bugs on windshield. S: live bugs on backorder.

P: Autopilot in altitude hold mode produces a 200-fpm descent. S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear. S: Evidence removed.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud. S: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick. S: That’s what they’re there for!

P: OFF inoperative. S: OFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Suspected crack in windscreen. S: Suspect you’re right.

P: Number 3 engine missing. S: Engine found on right wing after brief search. [The pilot meant engine ‘misfiring’.]

P: Aircrafts handles funny. S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

P: Radar hums. S: Reprogrammed radar with words.

P: Mouse in cockpit. S: Cat installed.

Communication is hard inrepparttar 118278 work world, and in our private lives. Someone said “Whatever you say, assume it’s been misunderstood,” and it’s probably a good idea.

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