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WITandWISDOM(tm) - April 10, 2002
Gratitude is something of which none of us can give too much. For on the smiles, the thanks we give, our little gestures of appreciation, our neighbors build up their philosophy of life. - A.J. Cronin
Subjects: Gratitude, Thankfulness
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
THE UNIVERSAL Rx
No moving parts, no batteries.
No monthly payments and no fees.
Inflation proof, non-taxable,
in fact it's quite reliable.
It can't be stolen, won't pollute,
one size fits all, do not dilute.
It uses little energy,
but yields results enormously.
Relieves your tension and your stress,
invigorates your happiness.
Combats depression, makes you beam
and elevates your self esteem.
Your circulation it corrects
without complicated side effects.
It is, I think, the perfect drug.
May I prescribe, my friend. . . . . . the hug!
Submitted by Scott E. Patrick
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
HALL OF HEROES?
Duncan Hilditch, a Scottish restaurateur, has won the World Porridge Making Championships for a record third time. Hilditch takes home the "Golden Spurtle Challenge Trophy" and a check for about $300.
Sri Lankan farmer Gamini Wasantha Kumara, who already owns the world record for having 50 pound blocks of ice dropped onto his stomach, set a world record when he used his teeth to pull a 40-ton railway carriage more than 25 yards in 15 minutes.
Englishman Monte Pierce owns the record for farthest coin propulsion by an earlobe after he catapulted a coin just under 12 feet with his ear.
The world's loudest burp belongs to another Brit, Paul Hunn, who registered 118.1 decibels - comparable to a plane taking off.
British actor Vie Gallucci holds the record for most appearances as a television extra. Since 1989 he's appeared 819 times without speaking a line.
The Swiss have broken the world record for cherry spitting, beating the old record of 74 feet, held by American Rick "Pellet Gun" Krause. Krause is married to the women's champion, Marlene "Machine Gun" Krause.
1,442 Swedes have set a world record for public tooth-brushing, breaking the previous record, set by 1,365 Americans.
From: The Guinness Book of Records; Universal Press Syndicate; Reuters
Source: The Oregonian, Copyright (c) November 15, 2001, http://www.oregonian.com/
Submitted by Barbara Henry
Subjects: Heroes, Records
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Two elderly men recognized each other in a shopping mall and began talking.
One finally said, "Forgive me, I'm sorry, but I can't remember your name."
The other man looked a little bewildered, and asked, " How soon do you need to know?"
Source: Bill's Punch Line, http://www.tcmr.com/billspunchline.html
Subjects: Aging, Memory
A minister who handed out £10 ($14.28) notes to his congregation and told them to go forth and multiply says they have made a profit of £4,450 ($6355.78).
The Rev Howard Long, 34, of Mumbles Methodist Church, Swansea, England handed out the cash to 50 of his worshippers in October last year.
He asked the congregation to use the cash as a basis for fundraising towards restoration work on the 125-year-old church.
And this week the 50 returned with £4,500 towards the £600,000 ($856,975.78) needed for the work to the grade II listed building.
The minister said he drew inspiration from the Parable of the Talents in the Gospels and decided to turn scripture into reality.
"I am over the moon," he said.
"Some of the young people put their £10 together and hired out a pool for a swimathon, others held a sponsored fancy dress.
"It just shows what you can achieve when you work together."
Source: WhiteBoard News, http://www.joeha.com/whiteboard
Subjects: Investments, Fundraising