In several sports, especially golf, tennis and baseball, a player occasionally makes contact with the ball in the exact right place on the club, racket or bat.Hitting it on the "sweet spot" brings about the maximum transfer of energy under full control. Last June's report out of the Securities and Exchange Commission on off-balance-sheet financing really hit a sweet spot by pointing out several areas for improvement in financial reporting practice.

And the structure of the human eye is amazing. Its ability to convert light into intelligible nerve impulses is astounding, but fragile and limited. One of those limits is a place on the retina in which there are no receptor cells. The consequence is that each of us has a normally unnoticed "blind spot" that literally makes it impossible for us to see in that particular place in our field of vision.

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