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WITandWISDOM(tm) - November 5, 1999
When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure. - Peter Marshall
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~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Operation Desert Storm might not have gone so well had it not been for the amazing wind shift that occurred fifteen minutes before the ground attack began at 4 a.m. on February 24. According to marine Major General Charles Krulak, the wind always blows in the same direction in that part of the world. But during the attack, it reversed direction and blew in favor of the Allied forces, from southwest to northeast. This neutralized the threat of poison gas, because the wind would have blown the gas back toward the Iraqis. Within a few minutes after cease-fire orders were issued on February 28, the wind resumed its normal course. Scripture says, "He makes his angels winds, his servants flames of fire". - Hebrews 1:7. General Krulak attributes the miracle to prayer.
- Melashenko & Crosby, In The Presence of Angels
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
THE WISCONSIN DICTIONARY DAFFYNITIONS
BORN IN A BARN?: A sarcastic question which usually means you left the door open.
BUBBLER: To the rest of the world outside Wisconsin's borders, it is known as a drinking fountain.
BUDGE: To merge without permission; cut in; as in "Don't you budge in line for a brat, I was here first!"
CHEDDERHEAD: Someone from Wisconsin.
CHEESE CURD: Small pieces of fresh cheese that squeak when you bite into them.
COUPLE-TWO-TREE: More than one; as in "Delmer and I drank a couple-two-tree sodas."
DAVENPORT: What your mom called the sofa; a couch.
FAIR-TA-MIDDLIN: Not bad or great, just "O.K."
FISH FRY: A Friday night dining ritual in Wisconsin.
HOWS-BY-YOU?: A greeting; the same as, "How's everything?"
HUMDINGER: A beauty; as in "dat croppy youse caught up-nort is a real humdinger."
JOHN DEERE: A Cheddarhead's other vehicle.
M'WAKEE: Wisconsin's largest city; located just down the lake from Triversand Mantwoc.
N-SO?: A word inserted at the end of a statement; (sometimes pronounced as AIN-SO) used as a substitute for "isn't that right?" or "correct?"
PERT-NEER; (sometimes pronounced "PRET-NEAR": in close proximity; just about.
POLKA: The national dance of Wisconsin
SKEETER: Wisconsin state bird.
STOP-AND GO LIGHTS: what everyone else refers to as traffic signals.
UP-SIDE-RIGHT: Right side up.
YAH-SURE-YOU-BETCHA: yes, you are correct.
(John L. Hoh, Jr., Contract & Free-Lance Writing, email@example.com)
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
"I think we'll have a bad corn crop this year," said the wife of a country editor to her husband at breakfast.
"No such thing," asserted the man. "I think the crop this year will be excellent."
The editor proceeded to his office and irritated at his wife's remark, sat down and wrote a short piece about how great the corn crop would be this year.
That night when he returned home he found his wife waiting for him with a sheepish grin on her face, a copy of the editor's evening paper in her hand. "I was wrong." she said apologetically. "It says right here in the paper that the corn will be excellent this year." - Bits & Pieces, October 14, 1993
(Magazine: BITS & PIECES http://www.epinc.com/ )
Why isn't the hair on your arms as long as the hair on your head? . . . Hair length is genetically determined and varies from person to person. The growth cycle of hair is known as the "anagen" and arm hair's anagen only lasts a few weeks before it starts falling out.
Head hair, on the other hand, can grow for years and years before sliding down your shower drain. That's not to say that all your head hair is constantly growing. At any given moment only 80 to 85 percent is growing, while the rest waits patiently to fall out. If you're keeping a log of trivial science words, that waiting phase is called "telegen".
- Source: WHY THINGS ARE & WHY THINGS AREN'T By Joel Achenbach
(E-zine: MAILBITS.COM http://www.MailBits.com/Trivia )