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WITandWISDOM(tm) - March 23, 1998

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

If at first you do succeed, try something harder. - Ann Landers, American syndicated columnist

Source: Bits & Pieces, December 13, 1990, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc., http://www.epinc.com


You and God can set a winning course. Hang on to those goals and dreams - even if no one else does! Remember:

Walt Disney was once fired from a newspaper for lack of ideas.

Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times - a major league record.

Thomas Edison's teacher said he was too stupid to learn anything.

Albert Einstein's teacher once remarked that Albert was "mentally slow, unsociable and adrift forever in his foolish dreams."

Leo Tolstoy, author of "War and Peace," flunked out of college and was described as "unable and unwilling to learn."

The father of world-famous sculptor Francois Rodin said, "I have an idiot for a son."

Henry Ford went broke five times before he succeeded.

Beethoven's teacher called him hopeless as a composer.

Louisa May Alcott, author of "Little Women," was encouraged by her family to try to find work as a servant or seamstress.

F.W. Woolworth got a job in dry goods store when he was 21, but his employer would not permit him to wait on customers because he "didn't have enough sense to make a sale."

Michael Jordan was cut from his High School basketball team.

- Woman of Influence, Pam Farrel

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

BASIC RULES FOR DRIVING IN BOSTON: (Subject to change at any time)
Part 1 of 2

1. Boston is often acclaimed as the most exciting city in America in which to drive. Who would argue? Herewith, for newcomers and visitors, are a few basic rules of the road for driving in these parts:

2. To obtain a general idea of how to drive in Boston, go to a Celtics game and carefully watch the fast break. Then get behind the wheel of your car and practice it.

3. Never take a green light at face value. Always look right and left before proceeding. When in doubt, accelerate.

4. Very generally speaking, the intransigence of the Boston driver is directly proportional to the expense of his American-made car, and inversely proportional to the expense of his foreign-made car. But in applying this formula, bear in mind that they are all more or less

5. When on a one way street, stay to the right to allow traffic to pass coming the other direction.

6. Drivers whose cars sport "I Brake For Animals" bumper stickers may brake for animals, but they may not brake for you. Watch it.

7. Teenage drivers believe they are immortal. Don't yield to the temptation to teach them otherwise.

8. Taxicabs should always be given the right of way, unless you are bent on suicide.

9. Never, ever, stop for a pedestrian unless he flings himself under the wheels of your car. Most multi car pileups are caused this way.

10. The first parking space you see will be the last parking space you see. Grab it.

11. Learn to swerve abruptly. Boston is the home of slalom driving, thanks to the Registry of Motor Vehicles, which puts potholes in key locations to test drivers' reflexes and keep them on their toes.

12. Never get in the way of a car that needs extensive body work.

13. Double-park in the North End of Boston, unless triple-parking is available.

14. Always look both ways when running a red light.

15. While it is possible to fit a 15-foot car into a 15-foot parking space, it is seldom possible to fit a 16-foot car into a 15-foot parking space. Sad but true. Don't even think of finding a 20 ft space.

(Shared by Keith's Mostly Clean Humor & Weird List Ksullivan@worldnet.att.net)


A man is sitting at home when he hears a knock at the door. He opens it and finds a snail sitting on his doorstep. He picks up the snail and throws it as far as he can.

Three years later there's a knock at the door. The man opens the door and there sits the same snail. The snail says "What in the world was that all about?"

(Shared by PowerMoose Humor List http://b62968.cwru.edu/)

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

In New Madrid, Missouri between December 1811 and March 1812, there were the most severe earthquakes ever recorded in North America. Five of them are estimated to have measured at least 8.0 on the Richter scale.

The largest of the earthquakes were felt over two-thirds of the United States and parts of Canada. They were so powerful that the Mississippi River actually flowed backwards for a time, and in some areas around New Madrid, the ground shifted as much as 20 feet!

To learn more about the New Madrid earthquakes, visit http://hsv.com/genlintr/newmadrd/index.htm.

(Shared by Cool Fact of the Day http://www.LearningKingdom.com/join.html)

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