Wrap-up MS Word, Urban Legends ``Treasure Hunt''

Tom Kelliher, CS 102

Feb. 5, 1999




Read Chapters 1--3 of Introduction to HTML

From Last Time

Quiz, MS Word.


  1. Finish-up MS Word.

  2. Urban Legends.

  3. Individual meetings.

Coming Up

Web pages the old-fashioned way in notepad, JavaScript.

MS Word Exercises

E-mail final documents to me.


  1. Project 3 --- just work through the lessons.

  2. Project 4 --- Applying Your Skills, Formatting a Research Paper, pp. W-95--W-96.


  1. Project 4 (optional practice) --- Formatting a Loan Proposal, pp. W-96--W-97.

  2. Project 5 --- Creating a Schedule of Activities, pp. W-122.

  3. Project 5 (optional practice) --- Adding Tables to a Loan Proposal, pp. W-W121.

  4. A challenge: Open Word and Excel. Start a new document in Word. Create a small spreadsheet in Excel. (A couple of numbers will do). Add a small chart to the spreadsheet. Or, you can use the exercise spreadsheet in the Excel Projects folder on the S: drive. Separately insert the spreadsheet and the chart from Excel into Word so that changes made in Excel are reflected in Word.

Urban Legends

An Urban Legend:

  1. Appears mysteriously and spreads spontaneously in varying forms.

  2. Contains elements of humor or horror (the horror often "punishes" someone who flouts society's conventions).

  3. Makes good storytelling.

  4. Does NOT have to be false, although most are. ULs often have a basis in fact, but it's their life after-the-fact (particularly in reference to the second and third points) that gives them particular interest

One related to an event of this week: Courage to say ``Jesus.''

A few examples. Which are true and which are false? Break into groups, discuss how to verify truth/falsity using the truth, and then search out the truth.

  1. Hot water evaporates while freezing, producing 75% of the ice in 90% of the time.

  2. A penny falling from height of Empire State building will embed in pavement.

  3. CDs are the size they are because it could hold Beethoven's 9th symphony.

  4. Okay, everyone....a true story of justice in the good old U.S. of A. Thought y'all might enjoy this; if nothing else, it shows internet justice, if it can be called that.

    My daughter & I had just finished a salad at Neiman-Marcus Cafe in Dallas & decided to have a small dessert. Because our family are such cookie lovers, we decided to try the "Neiman-Marcus Cookie". It was so excellent that I asked if they would give me the recipe and they said with a small frown, "I'm afraid not." Well, I said, would you let me buy the recipe? With a cute smile, she said, "Yes." I asked how much, and she responded, "Two fifty." I said with approval, just add it to my tab.

    Thirty days later, I received my VISA statement from Neiman-Marcus and it was $285.00. I looked again and I remembered I had only spent $9.95 for two salads and about $20.00 for a scarf. As I glanced at the bottom of the statement, it said, "Cookie Recipe - $250.00." Boy, was I upset!! I called Neiman's Accounting Dept. and told them the waitress said it was "two fifty," and I did not realize she meant $250.00 for a cookie recipe.

    I asked them to take back the recipe and reduce my bill and they said they were sorry, but because all the recipes were this expensive so not just everyone could duplicate any of our bakery recipes....the bill would stand.

    I waited, thinking of how I could get even or even try and get any of my money back.

    I just said, "Okay, you folks got my $250.00 and now I'm going to have $250.00 worth of fun." I told her that I was going to see to it that every cookie lover will have a $250.00 cookie recipe from Neiman-Marcus for nothing. She replied, "I wish you wouldn't do this." I said, "I'm sorry but this is the only way I feel I could get even," and I will.

    So, here it is, and please pass it to someone else or run a few copies.... I paid for it; now you can have it for free.

           The Neiman-Marcus Cookie (recipe may be halved)
           2  cups butter                     4  cups flour
           2  tsp. soda                       2  cups sugar
           5  cups blended oatmeal**          24 oz. chocolate chips
           2  cups brown sugar                1  tsp. salt
           1  8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated)      4  eggs
           2  tsp. baking powder              3 cups chopped nuts 
           2  tsp. vanilla
    ** measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder. Cream the
    butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla; mix together with flour,
    oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey
    Bar and nuts. Roll into balls and place two inches apart on a cookie
    sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies.

    Have fun!!! This is not a joke --- this is a true story..

  5. Work your way through these: ``It's a True Story, I Swear!''
    (http://www.freezone.com/brain/myth/) Use the Internet to research each of them before looking at the answer.

Individual Meetings

Thomas P. Kelliher
Thu Feb 4 17:51:26 EST 1999
Tom Kelliher