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ct
01-10-2007, 08:28 AM
You may have already seen this, being passed around in e-mails. But it absolutely bears repeating!!

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Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this! To anyone with kids of any age, here's some advice.

Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair - get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won't care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it's not your parents' fault, so don't whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent's generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they'll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn't bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

If you agree, pass it on.
If you can read this - Thank a teacher!
If you are reading it in English -Thank a soldier!

Dartgod
01-10-2007, 08:30 AM
False!

http://www.snopes.com/language/document/liferule.htm

Rain Man
01-10-2007, 08:31 AM
A car phone? When did "Bill Gates" give this speech? 1979?

siberian khatru
01-10-2007, 08:31 AM
I thought it rang truer when Robin Williams/Ted Nugent/George Carlin wrote it.

Rain Man
01-10-2007, 08:33 AM
I've been working hard for 20 years, and I don't have a car phone.

Chief Henry
01-10-2007, 08:37 AM
Its still good advice if you ask me.

JBucc
01-10-2007, 08:37 AM
When I was littler my mom's business car had a car phone in it. I thought that was badass.

Rain Man
01-10-2007, 08:39 AM
Did you mom make $60,000 out of high school to go with the car phone? Or was the car phone a separate accomplishment?

BigRedChief
01-10-2007, 08:39 AM
I thought it rang truer when Robin Williams/Ted Nugent/George Carlin wrote it.
Andy Rooney?

KCTitus
01-10-2007, 08:47 AM
I got the above email, but I also got another about a virus...

Did you guys hear about the latest virus going around? It's called Good Times...if you open the email, it formats your hard drive and crashes your CPU!!!

Cochise
01-10-2007, 08:47 AM
can we get a new subforum for posting email fwds...

Redrum_69
01-10-2007, 08:50 AM
I've been working hard for 20 years, and I don't have a car phone.


Thats because of the AARP standard

Radar Chief
01-10-2007, 08:50 AM
False!

http://www.snopes.com/language/document/liferule.htm

Damn, on the first post and within 2 minutes.
You guys are quick. :thumb:

Kerberos
01-10-2007, 08:52 AM
I got the above email, but I also got another about a virus...

Did you guys hear about the latest virus going around? It's called Good Times...if you open the email, it formats your hard drive and crashes your CPU!!!


I thought that was a picture circulating the internet with "OSAMA BINLADEN" hanging.
If you open the email, it formats your hard drive and crashes your CPU

.

siberian khatru
01-10-2007, 08:55 AM
BTW, I used part of the money I received from Dr. Mumbagu in Nigeria to increase the size of my penis, so I can impress all the wild teen girls who want to party with me tonight.

Cochise
01-10-2007, 08:56 AM
BTW, I used part of the money I received from Dr. Mumbagu in Nigeria to increase the size of my penis, so I can impress all the wild teen girls who want to party with me tonight.

With the mansion of a house you got from that 0% home mortgage company, you should be able to really impress them.

Dartgod
01-10-2007, 08:56 AM
Damn, on the first post and within 2 minutes.
You guys are quick. :thumb:I have Snopes bookmarked due to the volume of....er... "crap" that my mom sends me. I've tried to educate her, but it doesn't sink in.

Rain Man
01-10-2007, 08:58 AM
MSN today has an article about Andy Rooney's lifelong learnings.

http://boomers.msn.com/articleES.aspx?cp-documentid=377192&GT1=8985


http://stb.msn.com/i/6A/38AE4E5529683AAF9D85EC1C1D32B.JPG

I was number one five years in a row at the box office. But what's really stunning is that no one until me had ever gone from number one to number thirty-eight in one year.

The greatest actors in the world are the people around you when you're at the top of the mountain.

God forgive me, but I love the attention of people.

Your bullsh** detector gets better with time.

I've had to reinvent myself four or five times. And I'm now working on the most challenging reinvention: survivor.

When I told my dad I was going into show business, he said, "If you ever bring any of those sissy boys around here, I'll shoot 'em and make a rug out of 'em for your mother." At the end of his life, whenever he saw Charles Nelson Reilly, who's rather flamboyant, he'd kiss him on the cheek.

When my dad said something to me, I said, "Yes, sir." I didn't question him. And I was forty years old.

My son said, "If you go to an actor's house, there's a picture of the actor and other actors. If you go to a producer's house, there are Picassos. I think I'll be a producer."

I could have won millions of dollars in lawsuits about the AIDS rumors back in 1984. I survived it by my father's philosophy: "I'll piss on your grave."

Nowadays, instead of saying, "He's a [jerk]," I'll say, "He's complicated."

Bankruptcy? It's not pleasant. There are some people who look at you like you've got leprosy and their bank account might drop if they touch you.

I don't play golf. I don't have a hobby. I'm pretty passionate about my work, even though I sometimes have this realization on the second day of shooting that I'm in a piece of [crap]. So I can do one of two things: I can just take the money, or I can try to be passionate. But the name of the boat is still the Titanic.

Paul Newman is the personification of cool.

I'd rather be shot in the leg than watch an Ingmar Bergman picture.

The best direction I ever got was on Deliverance, when John Boorman said, "Stop acting. Just behave. We'll wait for you, because we can't take our eyes off you." I didn't know he said the same thing to Jon Voight and Ned Beatty.

I can tell a young person where the mines are, but he's probably going to have to step on them anyway.

For a long time, if you were seeing a psychiatrist, you were thought of as being a wacko. But because of good ol' Dr. Phil, people know we need to talk to someone who just sits there and is nonjudgmental and says, "Do you think it's a good idea not to have a bowel movement for three months?" Because a lot of stuff gets clogged up there, and you gotta get some of it out. And getting it out is painful, and you can bleed.

If I hadn't been an actor, I would have been a coach, and I would have been a good one. All teaching is is communicating.

I once went to group therapy. Everyone there blamed someone else -- their mother, their father, their agent. When it got to me, I said, "You're all full of [crap]. You're gonna be here forever. Look in the mirror. You are responsible for every mistake you made."

The stupidest thing I ever did was turn down Terms of Endearment to do Cannonball Run II. Jim Brooks wrote the part of the astronaut for me. Taking that role would have been a way to get all the things I wanted.

I've made fun of myself the person, but I don't take roles where I make fun of the actor. I've worked too hard and too long with too many good people, and I respect myself as an actor.

What makes me feel good? Old friends.

I hate prejudice of any kind, whether it be color or sexual preference. I don't give a [crap] if you had a goat. If it's a happy goat, and you're happy, I'm happy for you. However, I may not want to have dinner with the both of you.

My autobiography is a good book, considering it was written in three days.

I live in Jupiter, Florida, which is Perry Como's hometown. I get second billing.

The Meaning of Life: Wit, Wisdom, and Wonder from 65 Extraordinary People (Hearst Books, $20), a compendium of classic What I've Learned interviews, is available wherever books are sold.

Brock
01-10-2007, 08:58 AM
The only advice Ted Nugent ever gave me was to learn to play guitar. I didn't listen.

KCTitus
01-10-2007, 08:59 AM
I thought that was a picture circulating the internet with "OSAMA BINLADEN" hanging.
If you open the email, it formats your hard drive and crashes your CPU

.

I thought it was the Anna Kornikova naked pics email that did that...

siberian khatru
01-10-2007, 08:59 AM
I have Snopes bookmarked due to the volume of....er... "crap" that my mom sends me. I've tried to educate her, but it doesn't sink in.

The editor of my rural MO hometown weekly newspaper prints these e-mail fwds in his column. "A reader e-mailed us this this week, thought we'd pass it along ..."

BigRedChief
01-10-2007, 09:00 AM
I thought that was a picture circulating the internet with "OSAMA BINLADEN" hanging.
If you open the email, it formats your hard drive and crashes your CPU

.
No that was the Brittany Spears nude pics

Mr. Plow
01-10-2007, 09:01 AM
Rule No. 14: Enjoy this while you can. Sure parents are a pain, school's a bother, and life is depressing. But someday you'll realize how wonderful it was to be a kid. Maybe you should start now. You're welcome.

Amen.

crazycoffey
01-10-2007, 09:07 AM
I thought it rang truer when Robin Williams/Ted Nugent/George Carlin wrote it.

ROFL

InChiefsHell
01-10-2007, 09:07 AM
Mr. Rain Man, by Andy Rooney you mean Burt Reynolds right?

Rain Man
01-10-2007, 09:12 AM
Mr. Rain Man, by Andy Rooney you mean Burt Reynolds right?

Possibly. But I think it sounds more like Andy Rooney.

crazycoffey
01-10-2007, 09:14 AM
I have Snopes bookmarked due to the volume of....er... "crap" that my mom sends me. I've tried to educate her, but it doesn't sink in.


Me too, I have been called a killjoy because of it, but I hate all the stupid emails going around and I'm only going to forward it if and only if snopes says I can. Oherwise I reply to all with the snopes findings and let however sent it know they messed up.

I think the only one I've been able to forward was the one about the american solider that took a 9mm round point blank to the face and keep going. The Iraqi solider that he was bearing in on must have freeked.

here's the link on snopes, IF you are the only one not to have seen it yet.

http://www.snopes.com/photos/military/teeth.asp

InChiefsHell
01-10-2007, 09:20 AM
I'm always telling my mother in law to check snopes, but she just keeps sending all the junk anyway. My wife just ignores it, so I guess I should too. My dad used to send crap, until I told him about it. Now though, he sends it to me and asks me to check it out for him.

Well, since he did raise me and pay my bills and send me to school and loan my money in my stupid youth, I figure its the least I can do...

Redrum_69
01-10-2007, 09:23 AM
The party I had over the weekend was a blast.


50 something friends...7 kegs..


I'm still drinking beer

no one from the planet showed up though....thats ok...i figured no one would be interested

Over-Head
01-10-2007, 09:26 AM
I worked for a guy once who whne I told him I was planning on going on my own to start a buisness told me I'd fail miseribly.
WHY?
I was (in his) words stupid enough to believe that
- Hard work,work etchic
- better quality,
- HONESTY, (this clown would lie when the truth would actually work)
- determination,
- dependability
would see me sucessfull.

He laughed at me and responded
You only need 3 things
1) Good laywer
2) Good accountant
3) Be slipperier than the next guy.

I still stand by my ideals.
And his FORMER clients agree :D

Rain Man
01-10-2007, 09:28 AM
The party I had over the weekend was a blast.


50 something friends...7 kegs..


I'm still drinking beer

no one from the planet showed up though....thats ok...i figured no one would be interested


I'M NOT 50-SOMETHING! I'M 43! I'M A YOUNG 43!

Fried Meat Ball!
01-10-2007, 09:29 AM
can we get a new subforum for posting email fwds...
New subforum created for all e-mail forwards, as requested. Link to follow.

E-mail Subforum (http://mb15.scout.com/fchiefsinsiderfrm1)

Redrum_69
01-10-2007, 09:36 AM
I'M NOT 50-SOMETHING! I'M 43! I'M A YOUNG 43!



Who paints every room different in his house

BigRedChief
01-10-2007, 11:26 AM
no one from the planet showed up though....thats ok...i figured no one would be interested
Us "Real" fans were in Indy last weekend.

J Diddy
01-10-2007, 11:33 AM
Us "Real" fans were in Indy last weekend.

yes we were

Bearcat
01-10-2007, 11:50 AM
They promised us car phones! Where's my car phone?!?! :cuss: