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WITandWISDOM(tm) - December 29, 2000
"Our character is shaped as much by our failures as it is by our successes." - By John Gray, author of "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus : A Practical Guide for Improving
Communication and Getting What You Want in Your Relationships "
Submitted by John L. Bechtel
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Personal organization and self-discipline are learned arts that anyone can master. Here are six guidelines you can start using now.
1. Use a checklist for accomplishing your daily objectives. As Will Rogers said, "Don't let yesterday use up too much of today."
2. Make wise use of your commute time. Driving is not for daydreaming. Try listening to a self-help program or even dictating letters you need to write.
3. Tackle the toughest job first. Start your day with the most time-intensive, difficult task on your schedule. Everything else will seem like a piece of cake.
4. Learn the art of saying "No." Don't accept every task that is thrown your direction.
5. Adopt a "Do it Now" philosophy. A Chinese proverb says, "The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now."
By Neil Eskelin in Neil Eskelin's Daily Jump Start(tm), Copyright (c) 2000, www.neileskelin.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
TAKEN FROM ADS IN NEWSPAPERS:
FREE YORKSHIRE TERRIER
8 Years Old. Hateful Little Dog.
SNOW BLOWER FOR SALE...
Only Used on Snowy Days.
TWO WIRE MESH BUTCHERING GLOVES:
One 5-finger, Two 3-finger, PAIR: $15
TICKLE ME ELMO
Still in Box, Comes with its Own 1988 Mustang, 5l, Auto, Excellent Condition $6800
FULL SIZED MATTRESS.
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Starting Pay: $7 -- $9 per Hour.
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ALZHEIMER'S CENTER PREPARES
for an Affair to Remember
OPEN HOUSE - BODY SHAPERS TONING SALON
Free Coffee & Donuts
Submitted by Carol Blum
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Ending his sermon, a preacher announced that he would preach on Noah and the Ark on the following Sunday, and gave the scriptural reference for the congregation to read ahead of time.
A couple of boys noticed something interesting about the placement of the story in the Bible. They slipped into the church and glued two pages of the pulpit Bible together.
The next Sunday, the preacher got up to read his text. "Noah took unto himself a wife," he began, "and she was" - he turned the page to continue - "three hundred cubits long, fifty wide and thirty high."
He paused, scratched his head, turned the page back, read it silently, and turned the page again. Then he looked up at his congregation and said, "I've been reading this old Bible for near fifty years, but there are some things in it that are hard to believe."
Source: Clean Laugh, cleanlaugh- firstname.lastname@example.org via http://www.witandwisdom.org
HOW GECKOS STICK LIKE GLUE - WITHOUT GOO
Forget duct tape. Never mind Crazy Glue. If you need to get a grip, try gecko feet. A team of biologists and engineers, led by Robert J. Full of the University of California at Berkeley, have discovered what gives Tokay geckos the ability to casually stroll across the ceiling. . . .
The findings, published in the June 7 issue of Nature, have important practical applications. Engineers at iRobot in Somerville, Mass., are building tiny robots with wheel surfaces similar to those of gecko feet. The robots, which can scale walls and climb upside down, might be useful in emergency situations. Engineers elsewhere are hoping to create a super-strong tape for use underwater and in outer space.
Unlike tree frogs, which secrete a glue-like substance that adheres to surfaces, the secret to a gecko's holding power is in the construction of its feet. Each foot is covered with a half-million fine hairs called setae; these hairs are a tenth of the diameter of a human hair. Each seta is crowned with 1,000 spatulae-submicroscopic hairs that look like fly swatters. There are more than one billion spatulae per gecko foot, and each one can form a weak bond with the surface. Together, they create an adhesive force strong enough to lift a 45-pound child.
Source: Business Week, (c) Copyright June 26, 2000