All the cigarettes smoked in one year, if lined up end to end, would reach all the way to the sun, and back to earth, and back to the sun, and back to the earth, and back to the sun. (actual figure: over 467 million miles of cigarettes) Cigarettes come in all sizes, having been manufactured from 1.25″ long to 11 inches long.

Until recently in New Zealand, 66 percent of the children were smoking cigarettes by age seven.

Every thing about smoking cigarettes is dangerous. Last year 6,000 people suffered injuries caused by ashtrays.

A cure for cigarette smoking: Learn to play a flute, recorder, or trumpet. Then play a little music until the urge to smoke subsides every time you feel the temptation. Not only will you soothe your oral desire, but you will become involved in the music which will make you forget the urge, and you will be calmed by the music and the feeling of creativity.

At one time, the country of Albania honored a smoker who used twelve packs a day, by putting his picture on a postage stamp.

A pack-a-day smoker smokes the equivalent on one cigarette one-half mile long per year.

Cigarette smokers catch colds 65 percent more often.

11,000 cigarettes are lighted every second, just in America.

Every 22 seconds, a kid tries smoking for the first time.

Each year the cigarette industry spends two and a half billion dollars in advertising to replace the 365,000 customers it loses due to death from lung cancer.

There are three million new cigarette smokers in America each year.

Oil Changes

To make one quart (one liter) of motor oil, 43 quarts (43 liters) of crude oil are required. Is it better, then, to change the oil in your car’s engine less often than the recommended 3,000 mile intervals, and therefore save oil and money? Or is it better to maintain the recommended oil change schedule, to keep your engine running longer?

New York Yellow Cab ran an experiment in which they changed the oil in their cars half as often as the manufacturers recommended. They found no difference in engine life.

Bad Business

What the Ski Mechanic Did Wrong

Consider one rule which is the most often violated by the people who fail: You must bring in more money than you spend!

I knew a guy who was an expert ski mechanic. He bought some waxes, some plastic, an iron, some files, all the things he would need. He rented bench space in a store and put up a sign in the store window. Sure enough, skis started coming in. At the end of the first day, he earned $160. Did he spend it on advertising? Or maybe on more materials, or tools to expand his available services? No, he bought himself a pair of fancy cowboy boots and went to a party. His business lasted about a week. When it was time to pay the second week’s bench rent, he didn’t have it! Now that’s just plain bad business! You laugh, but it’s a true story, and variations of it are surprisingly common.

You might enjoy knowing the crazy story of the shop where this happened. It was a bike shop in an eastern city, looking for some kind of business that would bring in people during the winter. The amazing and unexpected true story of that bike shop is here: 5 Years In The Bike Shop.