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WITandWISDOM(tm) - September 20, 1999
"It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about." - Dale Carnegie
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~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
How Much Shall I Give This Year?
- A Little Argument With Myself:
1. If I refuse to give anything to missions this year, I practically cast a ballot in favor of the recall of every missionary in both home and foreign fields.
2. If I give less than heretofore, I favor a reduction of the missionary forces proportionate to my reduced contribution.
3. If I give the same as formerly, I favor holding the ground already won, but I disregard any forward movement. My song is, "Hold the Fort!" forgetting that the Lord never intended that His army should take refuge in a fort. All His soldiers are under marching orders always. They are commanded to "Go!"
4. If I advance my offering beyond former years, then I favor an advance movement in the conquest of new territory for Christ. Shall I not join this class?
Resolved: I do believe in greatly increasing the present number of our missionaries; therefore, I will increase my former offerings to missionary work. By A Lover of Missions, Signs of the Times, May 2, 1944
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
INTERESTING . . .
Now in the news are all kinds of reports on what oil costs per barrel, how it affects gas prices, airline tickets, heating and air conditioning, etc. Well, here's what the "other stuff" costs by the barrel.
West Texas Intermediate Crude: $14.68
What 'other stuff' costs by the barrel (42 gallons):
Evian Water: $189.90
Orange Juice: $251.16
Perrier Water: $328.67
Lemon Oil: $390.88
Crisco Oil: $435.12
Scope Mouthwash: $826.65
Sunflower Oil: $971.04
Olive Oil: $1,324.38
Real Maple Syrup: $1,787.52
Sesame Oil: $2,535.61
Visine Eye Drops: $32,202.24
Flonase Prescription Nasal Spray: $238,133.21
Tends to put things into a bit of a different perspective.
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~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Johnny was at his first day of school. The teacher advised the class that he starts the day with the pledge of allegiance and instructed them to put their right hand over their heart and repeat after him.
As he starts the recitation he looks around the room, "I pledge allegiance to the flag . . ." When his eyes fell on Johnny he found he had his hand on his over the right cheek of his buttocks.
"Johnny, I will not continue till you put you hand over your heart."
Johnny replied, "It is over my heart."
After several attempts to get Johnny to put his hand over his heart the teacher asked, "why do you think that is your heart?"
"Because every time my Grandma comes to visit she picks me up and pats me here and says, 'Bless your little heart,' and my Grandma wouldn't lie."
Copyright 1999 G. Armour Van Horn, all rights reserved.
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Why do pigeons bob their heads back and forth as they walk? . . . This oddity of nature would be understandable if pigeons used a walkman. Then we could assume they were just bopping along to the beat. That not being the case, we have to look to pigeon anatomy for an answer.
Truth is, this bird bobs to maintain its balance. A pigeon's legs are pretty far forward on its body. If it didn't pull its head back when it steps forward, most of its weight would be momentarily concentrated up front and it could fall flat on its beak.
Once it's balanced from bobbing its head back, the pigeon can then bob forward while bringing up the other foot to complete the step. But given the strain this must put on its neck, one wonders why pigeon chiropractors don't do better business. - Source: THE STRAIGHT DOPE by Cecil Adams - http://mailbits.com/Trivia/Source/52.htm
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