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February, 2010

Micro Musings…

Cartoon Febru 10

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Olympic Hockey Gold Medal Winners

1920 Canada

1924 Canada

1928 Canada

1932 Canada

1936 Great

1948 Canada

1952 Canada

1956 Soviet Union

1960 United

1964 Soviet Union

1968 Soviet Union

1972 Soviet Union

1976 Soviet Union

1980 United

1984 Soviet Union

1988 Soviet Union

1992 CIS

1994 Sweden

1998 Czech

2002 Canada

2006 Sweden

2010 Canada

Canada Hockey

Congratulations to the Canucks !

Veterinary Microbiology
Vet Doggy
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Think about it…

The Thinker
  • Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog’s face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?
  • Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are going dead?
  • Why do banks charge a fee on ‘insufficient funds’ when they know there is not enough money?
  • Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Foot in Mouth Disease

Quotes they
wish you’d forget…

Ronald Reagan

My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia  forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.

– Ronald Reagan
Spoken in jest at the height of the cold war during a sound check for a National Public Radio address and later leaked to the press.


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Advice from the Founders…

J. Adams

“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes,
exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not
commit suicide.

– John Adams

the second president of the United States

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Seeing is Believing?


Oct Ill Feb 10

A gentleman? or maybe a politician?
(look for the hidden word by tilting your head to the right)


“Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.”

How clean are your greens ?
Salad Greens

Fecal Contamination Rates
in Bagged Salad Greens

Even when your bagged salad from the supermarket says “pre-washed” or even “triple washed”…be careful. The Consumer’s Union recently conducted a test for fecal contamination of packaged greens. They found

39% of the 208 samples that they tested contained more than 10,000 CFU/gm of coliforms or enterococcus. Agriculture experts consider any count over 10,000 to be unacceptable. As a precaution always:

  • Buy the product with the longest possible dating.
  • Thoroughly wash your greens, even if labeled as “pre-washed”.
  • Disinfect the cutting board and keep greens away from other food items.
(Ref: Consumer Reports, March 2010)

For a complete listing of products used to test food and beverages, see our complete Food Microbiology Catalog .

Wisdom(?) to ponder…

WC Fields

W. C. Fields

1880 ~ 1946
American actor,  juggler,
comedian, and writer

“Don’t worry about your heart, it will last you as long as
you live.”

“Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against.”

“I am free of all prejudices. I hate every one equally.”

“I always cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.”

“Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and
furthermore always carry a small snake.

“I never drink water because of the disgusting things that
fish do in it.”

“If there’s a will, prosperity can’t be far behind.”

“It was a woman who drove me to drink, and I never had the
courtesy to thank her for it.”

“It’s morally wrong to allow a sucker to keep his money.”

“Never try to impress a woman, because if you do she’ll
expect you to keep up the standard for the rest of your life.”

“Start every day off with a smile and get it over with.”

“The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep.”

“The world is getting to be such a dangerous place, a man is
lucky to get out of it alive.”

“When we have lost everything, including hope, life becomes a
disgrace, and death a duty.”

“Women are like elephants. I like to look at ’em, but I
wouldn’t want to own one.”

“You can’t trust water: Even a straight stick turns crooked
in it.”

“Attitude is more important than the past, than education,
than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more
important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.” __________________

Rubes Feb 10
You can find more of Leigh Rubin’s cartoon humor by clicking here for a daily Rubes cartoon.

Seeing is believing…
Ramp sign
Notice something seriously wrong with this sign?
Give up?…scroll to the bottom of this page.

Warning: Pun Zone Ahead


  • The butcher backed into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work.

  • No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.

  • A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.

Sign above says that the ramp will be closed on 2-30-10. There is no such date…not even in a leap year.