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the power of four

The Power of Four

An Irishman man walks into a bar in New York City. He orders four whiskeys. The bartender pours him one and says, “Lemme know when you want the next one.” But the man says, “I think you’ve misunderstood me. I’d like all four at once.” The bartender pours three more drinks. The man drinks down […]

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It’s a History Mystery in Tama County July 15 – September 27

Iowa has a lot of famous and interesting people who got their start in small rural towns before making it big. But a lot of the people of the past don’t come up in regular café conversation and aren’t mentioned in our school textbooks – a real shame considering how unique and fascinating their lives […]

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Narrow Mind or Narrow Road

William Orton was president of the Western Union Telegraph Company in 1876 (Western Union had a monopoly on the telegraph, at the time the world’s most advanced communications technology) making it one of America’s richest and most powerful companies, with $41 million in capital. Gardiner Greene Hubbard, a Boston businessman approached Orton with an offer […]

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get off the porch

Get Off the Porch

A guy is sitting in his house, minding his own business when the doorbell rings. He answers and sees an attractive blonde in his doorway. “Hi!” she says. “I’m reeeeaaalllly broke and need money bad. I’ll do anything you want for $100!” “Anything?” “Anything at all!” “Alright, fine. Paint my porch.” Surprisingly, the girl agrees. […]

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Stop Horsing Around

Paul, a jogger, is running down a country road and is startled when a horse yells at him, ‘Hey-come over here buddy.’ Paul is stunned but still runs over to the fence where the horse is standing and asks, ‘Were you talking to me?’ The horse replies, ‘Sure was, man I’ve got a problem. I […]

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taxi ride

Taxi Ride

A passenger in a taxi leaned over to ask the driver a question and tapped him on the shoulder. The driver screamed, lost control of the cab, nearly hit a bus, drove up over the curb, and stopped just inches from a large plate glass window. For a few moments everything was silent in the […]

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Trending Yogurt

Once there were four business men. They were sitting on a bench in a hospital waiting room because their wives were having babies. A nurse comes over and says to the first businessman, “Congratulations! Your wife had a baby.”  The man says, “What a coincidence! I’m the president of the shoe company And1!” The nurse […]

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Ross Street Roasting

A sweet little boy surprised his grandmother one morning and brought her a cup of coffee. He made it himself and was so proud. He anxiously waited to hear the verdict on the quality of the coffee. The grandmother had never in her life had such a vile cup of coffee, and as she forced […]

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Paddy’s Story

An old Irish farm-hand named Paddy was in a terrible accident. He was hit by a truck owned by the giant corporation Acme. In court, Acme’s hot-shot attorney was questioning Paddy. ‘Didn’t you say to the police at the scene of the accident, ‘I’m fine?’ asked the attorney. Paddy responded: ‘Well, I’ll tell you what […]

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Building a Better Mousetrap

“Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door” is a phrase attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson in the late nineteenth century. The phrase is actually a misquotation of the statement: If a man has good corn or wood, or boards, or pigs, to sell, or can make better chairs […]

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