Friday, December 19, 2008

Einstein's Other Gift To Us

Einstein is reported to have created this puzzle and also said that only 2% of the world's population could solve it. Can you?

Question: Who owns the fish?

1. The Brit lives in the red house.
2. The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
3. The Dane drinks tea.
4. The green house is on the left of the white house.
5. The green house owner drinks coffee.
6. The person who smokes Pall Malls keeps birds.
7. The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill cigarettes.
8. The man living in the house in the middle drinks milk.
9. The man who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
10. The Norwegian lives in the first house.
11. The man who keeps horses lives next to the one who smokes Dunhills.
12. The one who smokes Bluemasters drinks beer.
13. The German smokes Princes.
14. The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
15. The man who smokes Blends has a neighbor who drinks water.
Only pure logic will solve this puzzle. Give it a try over the holiday break. Don't read the last sentence unless you want to know the solution. To read the solution, assign a number to each letter of the alphabet (A=1). The fish was owned by: 20-8-5-7-5-18-13-1-14.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A Profile of Fire in the US: 1995-2004

A 2008 Government document (HS 5.219: 1995-2004) provides some interesting statistics about fires in the United States from 1995-2004. Click on the blue title above to read article. One of the more interesting facts is that the highest number of fire deaths occur in a line of southern states: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississppi, Tennessee, and West Virginia (see map above.) Another interesting fact is that the number of men who perish in fires is double that of women. Cooking fires are also the main cause of fires in the United States. So be careful while cooking during this holiday season - and make sure you have fresh batteries in your smoke detectors.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Afternoon Power Outage

The city of Weatherford experienced a major power outage around 2:15pm today. Power has been restored to the library and campus but accessibility to the library's catalog, databases, website and the university's website is spotty at best. Please be patient as these systems return to normal functionality.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Oklahoma Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program

An Oklahoma Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program (OSLEP) will be held on campus. The focus of this program is global water issues: “Water Matters: The Competition for Fresh Water.” The presenter for this program is Ms. Sandra Postel, Director of the Global Water Policy Project ( Ms. Postel is an internationally known author and speaker on global water issues.

Students earn three hours of upper level credit in just five days and there are no course prerequisites. Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and have sophomore or higher academic standing.

The SWOSU OSLEP program is scheduled for 25 February – 1 March 2009. Further information and application guidelines are online at Dr. Roger Bromert (SCI 101A, is the SWOSU OSLEP Coordinator and can assist with general questions and applications.