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The Fool: What's the best product you use that most people don't know about?
TMFRunkle: My Dynamic Cone Penetrometer. Using ASTM 399A procedures, you can use it to estimate bearing capacity for foundations, density of soils, and angles of internal friction. I use it all the time, but most people are probably ignorant of just what a good instrument this is.
The Fool: How'd you find out about the Fool? (Make your answer as colorful and truthful as possible.)
TMFRunkle: I was using Prodigy (yuck) in the Dark Days™ of the Internet, and my son spent too much time on line. I got a $300 bill, and Prodigy wouldn't let me pay it off over a few payments, so I switched to AOL. In a search for financial sites, I found the Fool. Prodigy almost died (no wonder, they stunk), and AOL grew. The Fool grew too, and now I've been on staff since 1902
The Fool: What was the most significant discovery of the last century?
TMFRunkle: When I realized I couldn't fulfill my ambition to grow up to be a giraffe. Well, it's the most significant discovery to me.
The Fool: Tell us about Your Dumbest Investment... and the lesson you learned from it.
TMFRunkle: See the answer about the Washington Monument. I learned to check out investments with the Park Police first.
The Fool: If you could use one example from your life to teach a financial lesson, what would it be?
TMFRunkle: I bought the Washington Monument, but didn't realize I needed a special permit from the U.S. Park Police to sell tickets. It was too expensive to go through the process, so I let everybody see it for free. I'd sell the place, but I can't find an interested buyer. It's good lesson in researching your investments first.
The Fool: Which celebrity or public figure (past or present) do you most look like?
TMFRunkle: People always tell me I look like King Arthur. However my son says I bear a stronger resemblance to Lancelot. I'm sure he's right, he's 17 and of course knows everything.
The Fool: What has been your best work experience, and what made it so great?
TMFRunkle: I got sent to the Bahamas for two weeks to manage a project. It was great because the contractor's people weren't available, and I was stuck there. Had to spend the time snorkeling and fishing.
The Fool: Give a short description of your best and/or worst vacation.
TMFRunkle: In hindsight, the "Bangladesh Weekend Getaway Package" wasn't such a good idea.
The Fool: What's your favorite activity (within the realm of good taste)?
TMFRunkle: The good taste part knocks out that answer
The Fool: What's your greatest athletic achievement? Little League champ? Ran a marathon? Did 4 consecutive sit-ups?
TMFRunkle: Avoiding getting beat up on the playground at Our Lady of Mercy for an entire week.
The Fool: If you could be any comic book superhero, which one would you be and why?
TMFRunkle: Bugs Bunny - he's cool, always knows what to do. I once wanted to be Superman, but the X-Ray vision thing would just get me in trouble.
The Fool: Do you have a favorite non-financial website? If so, which one? (TYPE the URL)
TMFRunkle: www.theonion.com
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