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WITandWISDOM(tm) - January 8, 2002
And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. - Abraham Lincoln
Submitted by Larry Reed
Subjects: Ideology, Aging
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
A sign in a cotton factory read: "If your threads get tangled, send for the foreman." One day a new worker got her threads tangled. The more she tried to disentangle them, the worse the situation grew.
Finally, she sent for the foreman. He asked, "Why didn't you send for me earlier?" She replied, "I was doing my best." He answered, "No, your best would have been to send for me."
When we face a tough situation, our first response should be to ask for God's help. He longs to be our helper and to untangle the threads of our lives.
Submitted by Larry Reed
Subjects: Difficulties, Prayer
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
These quotes are attributed to Yogi Berra:
"Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours."
"Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical."
"If the people don't want to come out to the park, nobody's gonna stop 'em."
"It ain't over till it's over."
"It's deja vu all over again."
"No wonder nobody comes here; it's too crowded."
"We have very deep depth!"
"We made too many wrong mistakes."
"You can observe a lot by just watching."
On why it's so tough to play left field in Yankee stadium:
"Because it gets late early."
On being told by the mayor's wife that he looked cool, despite the heat:
"You don't look so hot, either."
Source: Monday Fodder firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Subscribe_Monday_Fodder
Subjects: Learned, Yogi Berra, One Liners
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
The Tire Center where I stopped had an eager young man behind the counter who started asking me questions about my car so he could fill out the necessary paper-work. He queried me on the make and model of my vehicle, then asked about the color. "Champagne," I responded, thinking of the auto manufacturer's description.
The man looked at me, bit his lip, stared out the window at my car, then looked down at the form. Seconds ticked by. Thinking perhaps I had sounded too pretentious, I asked, "Does beige sound better?"
He stared at me blankly, shrugged his shoulders and said, "I can't spell that either."
By Debra Raymer, Post Falls, Idaho, USA
Source: Reader's Digest, Copyright (c) July 1999, http://www.readersdigest.com
Did the ancient Egyptians speak hieroglyphics? If not, what
did they speak?
In the museum's Egyptian collection I marveled at the ancient stone carving showing a group of men and women watching slaves roll several big rocks. A guy next to me nudged his girlfriend and offered to translate. He said it means, "Ladies and gentlemen, The Rolling Stones."
Seriously, there is a popular notion that hieroglyphics, the famous picture writing of ancient Egypt, was simply a written language. But – surprise! – it did phonetically "spell out" their spoken language, combining alphabet-like symbols with the pictures. Unfortunately, the symbols appear to have represented only consonants, not vowels – nbdy knws hw th lngge snded.
The language itself was a mixture of Cushitic and Berber languages from northern Africa and words taken from the Semitic tongues spoken in nearby Asia. But you can just call it Ancient Egyptian.
From: The World Book Encyclopedia, http://www2.worldbook.com/index.asp
Source: MailBits.com Trivia, Copyright (c) 1998-2002 All rights reserved http://MailBits.com/
Subjects: Egypt, Hieroglyphics, Language, Phonetic