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The Greatest Invention

Three engineers are having a discussion on the greatest invention of all time. The first, an engineer from MIT, says “The greatest invention was fire. Fire led to the development of the engine, which led to the industrial revolution, which brought about the modern age.” The second, an engineer from Stanford, says, “While fire certainly […]

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Gone Fishing

A game warden catches an unlicensed fisherman in the act. “Looks like you are over the limit buddy.” “You’re going to pay a big fine for all those fish in your bucket.” Fisherman:  But, Officer, I didn’t catch these — they are my pet fish and I just bring them here to swim. When they’re […]

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A Turtle’s Patience

Three turtles, Joe, Steve, and Poncho, decide to go on a picnic. Joe packs the picnic basket with cookies, bottled sodas, and sandwiches. The trouble is, the picnic site is 10 miles away and it will take them 10 days to get there. By the time they do arrive, everyone’s exhausted and very hungry. Joe […]

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Action is Cheaper than Planning

Eddie and his wife June are shopping in their local supermarket.  The husband picks up a case of Heineken and puts it in their cart. ‘What do you think you’re doing?’ asks June. ‘They’re on sale, only $15 for 24 cans Eddie replies. ‘Put them back, we can’t afford them’ demands the wife, and so […]

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Right or Wrong Decisions

A young bachelor decided that is was finally time that he needed to settle down and get married.  He had three amazing girlfriends, but couldn’t decide which one to marry.  He decided to do an experiment. He gave each of his girlfriends $2,000 (with no guidance) to see how they spent the money. The first […]

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Sweet Success

Maple syrup isn’t a novel new discovery; it has been around for hundreds and hundreds of years. Legend has it that the first maple syrup maker was an Iroquois woman, the wife of Chief Woksis. One late-winter morning, the story goes, the chief headed out on one of his hunts, but not before yanking his […]

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l-r: Heath Kellogg, Ken Midyett, Robyn Midyett, Haley Shope, Susan Crain, Ryan Crain, Kyle Hopkins

2016 Q2 Pitch & Build

On April 26, 2016, Tama County Economic Development hosted the 2016 Q2 Pitch & Build competition which showcased Tama County business owners and entrepreneurs and their ideas for new businesses across the county.  We heard about a bed & breakfast in Dysart, a therapeutic horseback riding business in rural Toledo, and an energy evaluation and […]

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The Last Parachute

A doctor, a lawyer, a little boy and a priest were out for a Sunday afternoon flight on a small private plane. Suddenly, the plane developed engine trouble. In spite of the best efforts of the pilot, the plane started to go down. Finally, the pilot grabbed a parachute and yelled to the passengers that they better […]

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What’s Under Your Bed

A man had been visiting a therapist because he had a very real fear of monsters living under his bed. The man had been seeing this doctor every week for several years. Every week he would come in and the doctor would ask “have you made any progress?”  Every time the man would say “no”. […]

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Bird’s Eye View

A penguin walks into a bar.  He goes up to the bartender and says, “Have you seen my father in here today?” The bartender says, “I don’t know……. what does he look like?” Why do seagulls fly over the sea? Because if they flew over the bay, they’d be bay-gulls! Why does a chicken coop […]

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