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a risk well taken

A risk well taken

Deep within a forest a little turtle began to climb a tree. After hours of effort he reached the top, jumped into the air waving his front legs and crashed to the ground. After recovering, he slowly climbed the tree again, jumped, and fell to the ground. The turtle tried again and again while a […]

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big tipper

Big Tipper

A college pizza delivery boy arrived at the house of Mr. Thomas. He knocked on the door and handed him the pizza. After receiving it, Mr. Thomas asked: “What is the usual tip?” “Well,” replied the youth, “this is my first trip here, but the other guys say if I get a quarter out of […]

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state fair

State Fair

Walking through the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fair, there was a very large crowd standing around the booth of a bathroom scale manufacturer. The booth vendor was very proud of its new model being introduced at the fair. “Listen to these features,” he announced to the growing crowd. “It’s calibrated to one-one-hundredth of […]

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a game of fools

A Game of Fools

A Cubs baseball game was over and a highway patrolman noticed that a big group of fans were congregating at a local bar to celebrate an actual victory.  He returned at closing time confident that he would make an arrest.  Sure enough, when the bar closed, the Cubs fans started staggering outside to head home. […]

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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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IVRC&D mystery

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 road

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

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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