James-emails selected by ER

Date:     2009-09-25 17:00:19
Subject:  never give up
From:     James Friesen <jriesen@mymts.net>
To:       ereimer@shaw.ca
here are some pictures

Date:     2009-10-08 12:30:15
Subject:  FW: To all my smart friends
From:     james friesen <jjfriesen@hotmail.com>
To:       eugene reimer <ereimer@shaw.ca>

If you get this without looking up the answer you are not just smart but brilliant

I am sending this only to my smart friends. 
I could not figure it out and had to look at the answer. 
See if you can figure out what these words have in common. 

1 Banana
2 Dresser
3 Grammar
4 Potato
5 Revive
6 Uneven
7 Assess

Are you peeking or have you already given up?
Give it another try .   Look at each word carefully.

(You'll kick yourself when you discover the answer.)
This Is Cool. 

In all of the words listed, if you take the first letter, place it at the end of the word, and then spell the word backwards, it will be the same word.
Did you figure it out?  No?  Then send it to more people and stump them as well.  Then, you'll feel better too.

I hate to toot my own horn but I figured this one out in about 5 seconds.  Must be because it is first thing in the morning.

Date:     2009-11-24 14:40:18
Subject:  FW: Water Bridge
From:     james friesen <jjfriesen@hotmail.com>
To:       eugene reimer <ereimer@shaw.ca>

I thought you might interested in this,

Have you ever seen a Water Bridge over a river?  Even after you see this, it is still hard to believe!

Water Bridge in Germany

What a feat!  Six years, 500 million euros, 918 meters long.......now this is engineering!  This is a channel-bridge over the River Elbe and joins the former East and West Germany, as part of the unification project.  It is located in the city of Magdeburg, near Berlin.  The photo was taken on the day of inauguration.

To those who appreciate engineering projects, here's a puzzle for you armchair engineers and physicists:
Did that bridge have to be designed to withstand the additional weight of a ship and barge traffic, or just the weight of the water? 

Answer: It only needs to be designed to withstand the weight of the water!
Why?  A ship always displaces an amount of water that weighs the same as the ship, regardless of how heavily a ship may be loaded.

Look unreal?  even Snopes says this is true: http://www.snopes.com/photos/architecture/waterbridge.asp

This waterway, near the eastern town of Magdeburg, tying the Elbe-Havel canal to the important Mittelland canal, opened in 2003 http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,990878,00.html

Engineers first dreamt of joining the two waterways as far back as 1919.  Construction to bridge the Elbe river near Magdeburg actually started in the 1930s, but progress was halted during the Second World War in 1942.  After the Cold War split Germany the project was shelved indefinitely, but things were put back on track following reunification in 1990. 

Taking six years to build and costing around half a billion euros, the massive undertaking connects Berlin’s inland harbor with the ports along the Rhine river.  At the center of the project is Europe’s longest water bridge measuring in just shy of a kilometer at 918 meters.  The huge tub to transport ships over the Elbe took 24,000 metric tons of steel and 68,000 cubic meters of concrete to build.

The water bridge enables river barges to avoid a lengthy and sometimes unreliable passage along the Elbe.  Before, shipping came to a halt on the stretch, if the river’s water mark falls to unacceptably low levels.

Date:     2010-03-22 18:21:20
Subject:  Replacement Windows
From:     james friesen <jjfriesen@hotmail.com>

Last year I replaced all the windows in my house with that expensive double-pane energy efficient kind, and today, I got a call from the contractor who installed them.  He was complaining that the work had been completed a whole year ago and I still hadn't paid for them. 

Hellloooo...just because I'm blonde doesn't mean that I am automatically stupid.  So, I told him just what his fast talking sales guy had told me last year, that in ONE YEAR these windows would pay for themselves!  Helllooooo?  It's been a year!  I told him. 

There was only silence at the other end of the line, so I finally just hung up.  He never called back.  I bet he felt like an idiot. 

Date:     2010-03-22 18:45:46
Subject:  ROLLTOP COMPUTER -- made in Israel
From:     james friesen <jjfriesen@hotmail.com>

What do you think of this?

This will blow your mind.
Made in Israel.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak.  Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.  ~Sir Winston Churchill