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WITandWISDOM(tm) - February 22, 2000
"If you don't have a dream, how are you going to make a dream come true?" - Oscar Hammerstein
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~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
"Acts" magazine, published by the World Map Organization, tells of a missionary working in the mountains of Brazil and Uruguay in South America. One day he was distributing tracts in a village where the border between the two countries ran down the center of the main street. "On the Uruguayan side of the main street, no one would accept his gospel tracts. But on the Brazilian side everyone accepted the tracts graciously and were open to hearing his testimony concerning his faith in Christ. He moved back and forth across the street with the same bewildering results. Then he noticed a woman who refused his tract on the Uruguayan side of the street cross to the Brazilian side. He followed her and again offered her a tract. She accepted it gratefully, and he was able to witness to her about the Lord" (cited in Terry Law, "The Power of Praise in Worship, pp. 46- 48).
The missionary discovered that much intercessory prayer in that area of Brazil had preceded his work, binding the evil powers who had claimed territorial authority. The same had not happened in Uruguay, and the difference was noticeable.
- Garrie F. Williams, "Welcome, Holy Spirit"
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?
The CORRECT answer: Open the refrigerator door, put the giraffe in, and close the door.
(This question tests whether or not you do simple things in a complicated way.)
2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?
The WRONG answer: Open the refrigerator, put the elephant in, and close the door.
The CORRECT answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put the elephant in, and close the door.
(This question tests your prudence and practicality.)
3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals except one attend. Which one does not attend?
The CORRECT answer: The elephant. The elephant is still in the refrigerator and cannot open the door from the inside.
(This question tests whether or not you have comprehensive thinking skills.)
If you did not answer correctly the first three questions, this next question is your last chance to show your qualification to be a professional.
4. There is a river inhabited by crocodiles. How do you manage to pass it?
The CORRECT answer: Swim through it. All of the animals, including the crocodiles, are attending the conference (except the elephant, of course).
Don't be frustrated if you failed this test. According to Andersen Consulting Worldwide, about 90% of the professionals failed the exam. However, most preschoolers got it correct, this disproving the popular theory that most "professionals" have the brains of a four-year old.
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
A little boy asked his father what was the highest number he had ever counted. Replying that he didn't know, the father asked his son his highest number. It was 973.
"Why did you stop there?"
"Because church was over."
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NEW YORK (Reuters, Oct. 1999) - For cellist Yo-Yo Ma, it was a performance he would prefer not to repeat.
The world's most famous living cellist left his $2.5 million, 266-year-old Venetian cello in the trunk of a New York City taxi Saturday afternoon.
Ma, 44, put the cello in the trunk of the cab at 1 p.m. a ride from Manhattan's Upper West Side to his Midtown hotel. But when he arrived at his destination about 20 minutes later, he forgot to take the cello along with him.
I made a stupid mistake and I just left without it,'' said the musician, who has owned the instrument for 10 years.
Using a receipt the cab driver had given Ma, a search party of police officers, inspectors from the Taxi and Limousine Commission and officials from City Hall tracked down the cab and the driver in Queens, New York, three hours later. The driver did not know the musical
treasure was still in the trunk.
Somehow, magic happened and I got my cello back,'' said Ma.
The cello, known as the Montagnana, was made in 1733 by Antonio Stradivari.
It is invaluable,'' said Japanese-born Ma, who lives in Boston. It is very old. It has a great voice.''