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    Smile just being a cog in well-oiled and reliable machine

    What does this mean:just being a cog in well-oiled and reliable machine?

    What's more, what does this refer to:UE was a bad hair day ?

    Thanks.

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    Re: just being a cog in well-oiled and reliable machine

    "To be a cog in the machine" means to be part of a large organisation or system.

    "To have a bad hair day" is just an idiom meaning to have a bad day!



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    Re: just being a cog in well-oiled and reliable machine

    Quote Originally Posted by britbelle View Post
    "To be a cog in the machine" means to be part of a large organisation or system.

    "To have a bad hair day" is just an idiom meaning to have a bad day!

    Thanks, britbelle, for the feedback, and now I see I'm just a cog in the well-oiled and reliable machine.

    Most of all, to hear from you is absolutely not a bad hair day for me.

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    Re: just being a cog in well-oiled and reliable machine

    A "bad hair day" is a day when your hair absolutely won't cooperate no matter what you try to do with it. If you want to curl it, it will remain straight. If you want to straighten it, it will stubbornly remain curly. If you fluff it up, it will go flat within minutes. So you usually just give up and slap a baseball cap on your head.

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    Re: just being a cog in well-oiled and reliable machine

    Einstein had a bad hair life.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Einstein had a bad hair life.
    Amen to that!

    By the way, a monk will never worry about his bad hair day.

    I'm not insinuating a monk is smarter than Einstein.
    Never have that in mind.

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    Re: just being a cog in well-oiled and reliable machine

    Quote Originally Posted by piousoul View Post
    I'm not insinuating a monk is smarter than Einstein.
    No. I know. On the subject of follically-challenged, Einstein's hair looked as if it were trying to escape.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    No. I know. On the subject of follically-challenged, Einstein's hair looked as if it were trying to escape.
    Yes, I concur. if it really did, then he would have revealed the whole truth of the universe like Buddha did two thousand and five hundred years ago.

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    Re: just being a cog in well-oiled and reliable machine

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    No. I know. On the subject of follically-challenged, Einstein's hair looked as if it were trying to escape.

    Hehe. His hair always reminds me of electrostatic energy.

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    Re: just being a cog in well-oiled and reliable machine

    I think Einstein's "hairstyle" inspired Don King.

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