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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 5, 2000
There are two ways of spreading the light; to be the candle or the mirror that receives it. - Edith Wharton
Source: Thought for Today, email@example.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
DON'T BE AFRAID TO FAIL
You've failed many times, although you may not remember.
You fell down the first time you tried to walk.
You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim, didn't you?
Did you hit the ball the first time you swung a bat?
Heavy hitters, the ones who hit the most home runs, also strike out a lot.
R.H. Macy failed seven times before his store in New York caught on.
English novelist John Creasey got 753 rejection slips before he published 564 books.
Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times, but he also hit 714 home runs.
Don't worry about failure.
Worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try.
- A message as published in the Wall Street Journal
Source: Inspiration A Day!, firstname.lastname@example.org via http://www.witandwisdom.org
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Here are some quotes from people in the US during the 1950's, just a scant 50 years ago!
"I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it's going to be impossible to buy a weeks groceries for $20."
"Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won't be long when $5000 will only buy a used one."
"Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter?"
"If they raise the minimum wage to $1, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store."
"When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 50 cents a gallon. Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage."
"Kids today are impossible. Those duck tail hair cuts make it impossible to stay groomed. Next thing you know, boys will be wearing their hair as long as the girls."
"I read the other day where some scientist thinks it's possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas."
"Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $75,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be making more than the president."
"Do you suppose television will ever reach our part of the country?"
"I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters now."
"It's too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet."
"There is no sense going to Lincoln or Omaha anymore for a weekend. It costs nearly $15 a night to stay in a hotel."
"Anymore no one can afford to be sick; $35 a day in the hospital is too rich for my blood."
"If a few crazy people want to risk their necks flying across the country that's fine, but nothing will ever replace trains."
"If they think I'll pay 50 cents for a hair cut, forget it. I'll have my wife learn to cut hair."
"We won't be going out much anymore. Our baby sitter informed us she wants 50 cents an hour. Kids think money grows on trees."
Source: Sermon Fodder, Sermon_Fodder- email@example.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org
Submitted by: Carol Blum, Walt Groff
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
After an absence from Britain of ten years, a Hollywood film star returned to make a movie. She particularly asked to be photographed by the same cameraman as before. However, when she saw the print of the motion-picture scene, she was disappointed and said to the cameraman: "This is not nearly as good as the one you last took of me." "I know, my dear," replied the cameraman, "but you must remember that I am ten years older." - Author Unknown
Source: Peter's Pearls, firstname.lastname@example.org via http://www.witandwisdom.org
Each day some forty-five thousand thunderstorms occur worldwide, resulting in as many as one hundred lightning strikes every second.
A normal raindrop falls at about 7 miles per hour.
The temperature in eastern Siberia can get so cold that the moisture in a person's breath can freeze in the air and fall to the ground.
The average temperature at the poles (North and South) is minus 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
The highest wind velocity ever recorded in the United States was 231 miles per hour, on Mount Washington, New Hampshire, in 1934.
Source: Today's Useless Facts, Useless_Facts- email@example.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org