Words to Live By

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“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

Does it really? Does it? Has this been clinically proven yet? I should probably start eating one every day to see if I never have to schedule an appointment again.

This well known proverb originated in the 1860s in Wales.  The original form of the saying was “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” That’s mean. The current phrasing was first used in print in 1922 and the simplicity of it made it so effective that it remained to this day. It’s supposed to mean being in good health that you don’t need any regular trips to the doctor.

The apple has strong symbolism. Beginning with the first letter of the alphabet, it can be seen as something significant and superior.

It is the fruit that falls onto Newton’s head and helps him discover the concept of gravity, leading to his three laws of motion.

It’s the fruit that Adam and Eve were forbidden to eat in the forest of Eden.

It’s the ideal name that Steve Jobs and Wozniak chose for their start up computer company.

It’s used in fairy tales such as Snow White.

The apple is a symbol for knowledge, immortality, temptation, and sin.

I personally don’t eat apples everyday, because that would be a ridiculous routine, and still feel excellent. No doctor is knocking on my door, which is what used to happen back then when they came to your bedside if you were ill. It was free of charge; now you need a bunch of medical records and insurance to even get the most basic treatment

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Thanking A Triumph of Nerds

Is there a person you should’ve thanked, but never had the chance? Is there someone who helped you along the way without even realizing it? Here’s your chance to express your belated gratitude.


There are two men that I always wanted to thank,

but never got the chance because I always drew a blank.

They revolutionized the world, and got us on the fast track –

the technology afterward was propelled like a jet pack.

One wore a suit, the other wore jeans,

combined, their power and brilliance could light up a Christmas scene –

no, wait, they could light up the country,

where it could be seen from space,

there was no stopping these two,

they were on the road to god status at such a fine pace.

Some say they had a rivalry,

competed against one another,

But it was all for the best,

just trying to one up the other.

Sure, ideas were stolen and morphed into money,

But at the end of the day,

The two geniuses laughed like it was funny.

From my first PC in ’99

to still using one today,

I guess the man in the suit is where my gratitude should relay.

But it’s their wisdom combined that helped shape the future,

Their leadership together that all but made obsolete teacher.

Their names were Gates and Jobs,

And I thank them heartily,

Because without one or both,

I probably wouldn’t be sharing this smartly.


DP #65: “Never Too Late.”