Behind the ear as good a place as any.... but safety goggles and dust masks
hinder that somewhat.
Often hold it between my teeth, but for long after the need has passed. I
start to wonder why my jaw is aching and I'm slavering all over whatever I'm
working on, and then realise that I don;t need the
pencil/screwdriver/screw/nail/whatever any more and haven't in fact done for
Like to wear shirts with pockets whilst working - invaluable for pencils.
However, every time I bend down the damned things fall out.
So, usually it's trouser pockets.
Of course, with so many places that I habitually put pencils and the likes,
I am forever losing things about my person.
I think I need a holiday.....
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richard at olifant d-ot co do-t uk
SWMBO takes whatever is in the washing basket and puts it through the
machine, usually without checking the shirt pockets. Many times she
has mentioned afterwards that there must have been something in the
pockets because she's got odd scraps of paper come out when the
washing is finished.
On a related subject, I used to do demo's and presentations in front
of corporate clients. And I've habitually put pens into the shirt
pocket. Took the jacket off one hot day during a presentation to find
that the fountain pen had decided to wet its pants, and I had a huge
black ink patch all around the shirt pocket.
Many moons ago when we are all young, poor and smoked it was quite
common to 'Nick' a cigarette to keep for later.
A friend did just this, dropped the nicked cigarette into the breast
pocket of his jacket , and 15 mins later discovered he hadn't nicked
it completely. It had burnt a hole right through the jacket pocket and
amazingly had also burnt his shirt before he noticed what was going
Paul Mc Cann
Anyone trained themselves to put the pencil behind the ear such that the tip
of the pencil is
Otherwise the number of times I have bent down beside a newly-wallpapered
wall and left an arc
of pencil line on the new wallpaper...
On a connected note, a relative has a Nursery business for plants. One day
he said a customer came in
to buy some plants and the guy had a comb lodged in his hair!
The relative said he couldn't keep his eyes off the comb.
It's a piece of beeswax, beautifully fashioned into hexagonal cells and
Or pollen or brood or an combination.
Why anyone should want one in his hair is another matter - although honey
has been recommended as a hair restorer. Perhaps the customer started the
morning bald ...
Thanks Mike and Mary... I even went and looked up the word "comb" in a
to ensure that I had spelled it correct!
(Hey, "Mary", "Mungo" and "Mike" ... almost a cartoon idea there! :-)
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Paddy was working on scaffolding on a building site when he lost his
balance and fell down.
During the fall his ear caught on a sharp protrusion and was ripped
After his fellow workers had picked him up and taken him to the
hospital, another worker found Paddy's ear lying on the floor so he
took it to the hospital with the hope that they could sew it back on
When paddy heard the news and saw the ear, he said "That's not mine,
mine had a pencil behind it..."
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Sorry folks, couldn't resist it... (translated from a Turkish joke
featuring 'Temel', the "equivalent" of Paddy...)
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