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WITandWISDOM(tm) - November 20, 2000
Forgiveness is the economy of the heart . . . Forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits. - Hannah More
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~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
A story is told of a king who went into his garden one morning and found everything withering and dying. He asked an oak that stood near the gate what the trouble was. He found that it was sick of life and determined to die because it was not tall and beautiful like the pine. The pine was out of all heart because it could not bear grapes like the vine. The vine was going to throw its life away because it could not stand erect and have as fine fruit as the pomegranate; and so on throughout the garden. Coming to a Johnny-jump-up, he found its bright face lifted as full of cheerfulness as ever. Said the king:
"Well, Johnny-jump-up, I am glad to find one brave little flower among this land of general discouragement and dying. You don't seem one bit disheartened."
"No, your Majesty. I know I am of small account, but I concluded you wanted a Johnny-jump-up when you planted me. If you had wanted an oak or a pine or a vine or a pomegranate, you would have set one out. So I am bound to be the best Johnny-jump-up that ever I can."
To be such a "Johnny-jump-up" is a blessed thing for the Christian, and a saving power in the world. - Whispers of Peace
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Submitted by Dale Galusha
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Alaska: 11,623 Eskimos Can't Be Wrong!
Arizona: But It's A Dry Heat
Florida: Ask Us About Our Grandkids
Idaho: More Than Just Potatoes ... Well Okay, We're Not, But The Potatoes Sure Are Real Good
Illinois: Please Don't Pronounce the "S"
Indiana: 2 Billion Years Tidal Wave Free
Kansas: First Of The Rectangle States
Maine: We're Really Cold, But We Have Cheap Lobster
Minnesota: 10,000 Lakes ... And 10,000,000,000,000 Mosquitoes
Nebraska: Ask About Our State Motto Contest
New Mexico: Lizards Make Excellent Pets
North Dakota: We Really Are One Of The 50 States!
Oklahoma: Like The Play, Only No Singing
Pennsylvania: Cook With Coal
Rhode Island: We're Not REALLY An Island
South Dakota: Closer Than North Dakota
Texas: Si' Hablo Ing'les (Yes, I Speak English)
Submitted by John Hoh
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
To: Citizens of the United States
From: The State of Florida
Subject: Ransom Note
We, the people of Florida, are holding this election hostage. When you promise to stop sending us your old people, we will release your election.
Submitted by Carol Blum
Is it true that bumblebees' bodies shouldn't be able to fly? . . .
If bumblebees tried to fly by flapping their smallish wings or kept them stationary, using them to gain lift from air currents, as do airplanes, we would probably call them stumblebees. The wings are too small in proportion to their body to bring that off. In fact their anatomy seems so improbably built for flight that the buzz among some people is that we simply don't know how bees do it. But we do.
Bees gain lift by vibrating their wings up and down about 200 times a second. That vibration, makes the characteristic bee sound and is accomplished by their thorax muscles.
From: Triumph of the Straight Dope by Cecil Adams
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