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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 9, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Someone asked the conductor of a great symphony orchestra which instrument he considered the most difficult to play. The conductor thought for a moment and said, "Second fiddle. I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find one who can play second fiddle with enthusiasm - that's a problem. And if we have no second fiddles, we have no harmony."

By Neil Eskelin in Neil Eskelin's Daily Jump Start(tm), Copyright (c) 2001, http://www.neileskelin.com


Sir Thomas Beecham conducted the Boston Symphony on several occasions. After one particularly successful program, the audience would not let him go, recalling him with applause again and again. Finally, he signaled for silence and said, "Ladies and gentlemen, when I was a very young conductor I heard a deaf vicar in the front row say to his neighbor, 'Why is he bowing? The musicians did all the work.'

"So I shall now leave, and you may applaud these gentlemen to your hearts' content."

By Janet Baker-Carr, in "Evening at Symphony"

Source: The Timothy Report, Copyright (c) 2000 Swan Lake Communications, http://www.swanlake.twoffice.com

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Supposedly Real Answers from Supposedly Real Students as Collected by Supposedly Real Teachers from Supposedly Real History Tests:

"Under the Constitution the people enjoyed the right to keep bare arms."

"Gravity was invented by Isaac Walton. It is chiefly noticeable in the Autumn, when the apples are falling off the trees."

"On April 4, 1865, Lincoln went to the theater and got shot in his seat by one of the actors in a moving picture show. The believed assassinator was John Wilkes Booth, a supposedly insane actor. This ruined Booth's career."

"One of the causes of the Revolutionary Wars was the English put tacks in their tea."

"Benjamin Franklin produced electricity by rubbing cats backwards."

Source: The Oregonian, Copyright (c) June 7, 2001, http://www.oregonian.com/

Submitted by Barbara Henry


It's is not, it isn't ain't, and it's it's, not its, if you mean it is. If you don't, it's its. Then too, it's hers. It isn't her's. It isn't our's either. It's ours, and likewise yours and theirs. - Oxford University Press

Source: Kitty's Daily Mews, Copyright (c) 1997-2001 All rights reserved worldwide, http://www.katscratch.com/

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:


Forget the ants.

Bees are often an even a greater nuisance at picnics. But here's a tip from the anti-itch folks at Lanacane:

Put out a small plate of whatever you're serving before the human guests arrive, particularly something sweetened with barbecue sauce. Once the bees discover this snack, carefully move the plate to a location away from your entertainment area. Bees and wasps are highly social insects and communicate with each other, relaying direction and distance of nectar and pollen sources, and yes, whatever you're serving. Once they've spread the word, these stinging insects will flock to your decoy plate.

[ Let's hope that plate contains enough for ALL of them - otherwise they may go a looking and . . . :o) ]

Source: Peninsula Daily News, June 21, 2001, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/

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