TheCLUB Quarterly July-Sept 2013 - page 5

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Time-wasting
habits to ditch
Do you complain that you never
have enough time? The reason
may be that you’re wasting it—
by making these mistakes:
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Beginning your day without
a plan.
If you have no plan on
how you’ll tackle your work-
load, you’ll end up battered
by competing demands. Man-
age your time better by doing
the right things, not by doing
the wrong things quicker.
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Keeping a messy work-
space.
A minute here, a min-
ute there spent looking for
stuff can add up fast. A messy
desk wastes time and adds to
your distractions.
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Cheating yourself of sleep.
Lack of sleep increases your
stress level and intensifies
feelings of lack of control.
You’ll spend time at work
wishing you weren’t so tired.
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Not taking a break.
Get
away from work dur-
ing lunch. Any
brief breather
from the day
recharges
your
batteries
and keeps
you more
productive.
On July 4, celebrations of Independence Day frequently feature the familiar
image of Uncle Sam, complete with a beard, a top hat with stars on a blue
band, red and white striped trousers, and a red bow tie.
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The origins of
Just in time for
Independence Day:
Uncle Sam
“Uncle Sam” is the personification
of the United States, but he didn’t
come along until the War of 1812.
Before that, the new country was
symbolized by two different figures:
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Columbia.
The new world of
America was sometimes referred
to as “Columbia” during the
18th century, after the explorer
Christopher Columbus. The
personification of the United
States as Columbia appeared in
poetry during the Revolutionary
War. In the 19th century,
Columbia was often depicted as a
woman in some form of classical
robe bearing stars and stripes.
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Brother Jonathan.
A
Revolutionary War figure, Brother
Jonathan was often depicted as a
man in a tri-corner hat and a long
military jacket. Originally the term
was derogatory, but it eventually
became a nickname for any
Yankee soldier, not unlike the term
G.I. for Army soldiers. The name
is said to originate with George
Washington: The story goes that
when asked how he would win
the war, Washington replied, “We
must consult Brother Jonathan,”
referring to Connecticut governor
Jonathan Trumbull, who
provided many of the supplies for
Washington’s troops.
Uncle Sam’s origin story is well
known. Ameat packer named
Samuel Wilson supplied food for U.S.
soldiers during the War of 1812. When
someone asked what “U.S.” stood
for on the boxes of provisions he
was shipping, the joking answer was
“Uncle Sam.” The name caught on.
The popular image of Uncle Sam
comes from a painting by James
Montgomery Flagg that was
featured on the cover of Leslie’s
Weekly magazine in 1916 with the
caption, “What Are You Doing for
Preparedness?”
Montgomery used a similar image
for his iconic “I Want You” recruiting
posters used during World Wars I
and II.
The truth is (far) out there
for some people
A Public Policy Polling survey asked
1,247 registered voters about some
common and not-so-common con-
spiracy theories floating around the
country. Here’s what they found:
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Roswell.
Twenty-one percent
believed a flying saucer crashed in
Roswell, N.M., in 1947 and that the
U.S. government covered it up.
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Osama bin Laden.
Six percent be-
lieve the al-Qaida leader is still alive.
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Paul McCartney.
Five percent be-
lieve that the Beatles guitarist died
in 1966.
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Apollo 11.
Seven percent of Ameri-
cans think the moon landing was
simulated on a set.
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Cocaine.
Fourteen percent believe
the CIA hooked America’s inner cit-
ies on cocaine during the 1980s.
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Bigfoot.
Fourteen percent believe
that
Sasquatch is real.
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