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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 20, 2003
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"He who gives when he is asked has waited too long." - By Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) December 1994, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com

Submitted by Dale Galusha

~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:



~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Zagreb, Croatia (Ananova):

A Croatian dubbed the world's luckiest man after surviving seven major disasters has won the jackpot with his first lottery ticket in 40 years.

Frane Selak, 74, who has won $1,005,000 said: "I am going to enjoy my life now - I feel like I have been reborn. I know God was watching over me all these years."

His first lucky escape came in 1962 when a train he was traveling on from Sarajevo to Dubrovnik jumped the rails and plunged into an icy river.

Seventeen people drowned and he barely made it to the riverbank suffering from hypothermia, shock, bruises and a broken arm. A year later, he was thrown out of a DC-8 airplane between Zagreb and Rijeka when a door flew open. This time 19 people died but Mr Selak landed in a haystack and escaped with cuts, bruises and shock.

In 1966, a bus he was traveling on in Split lurched into a river, killing four. He swam to safety with cuts, bruises and even more shock.

Accident number four was in 1970 when his car caught fire as he drove along a motorway and he managed to get out with seconds to spare before the fuel tank exploded. His friends began to call him Lucky and he said: "You could look at it two ways. I was either the world's unluckiest man or the luckiest. I preferred to believe the latter."

Three years later, he lost most of his hair when a faulty fuel pump spewed petrol over the hot engine of his Wartburg car and blew flames through the air vents.

In 1995 came his sixth accident when he was knocked down by a bus in Zagreb but sustained only minor injuries - plus the inevitable shock The following year, he was driving in the mountains when he turned a corner to see a UN truck coming straight for him.

His Skoda car crashed through the barrier and over the edge but Mr Salek managed to jump out at the last minute and landed in a tree to see his car explode 300 ft below him.

Source: White Board News, http://www.joeha.com/whiteboard/

~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:

Church Signs

We're not Dairy Queen but we have great Sundays.

Sign broken. Get message inside.

Exercise daily..... Take a Walk with the Lord.

Source: Sermon Fodder, http://www.sermonfodder.com

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Some USA Money Facts

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing produces 37 million notes a day with a face value of approximately $696 million.

95% of the notes printed each year are used to replace notes already in circulation. 45% of the notes printed are $1 notes.

A stack of currency one mile high would contain over 14 million notes.

If you had 10 billion $1 notes and spent one every second of every day, it would require 317 years for you to go broke.

Have you ever wondered how many times you could fold a piece of currency before it would tear? About 4,000 double folds (first forward and then backwards) are required before a note will tear.

The following information regarding the average life of a Federal Reserve Note was provided by the Federal Reserve System - please note that the life of a note depends on its denomination:

$ 1 .............. 22 months
$ 5 ................ 2 Years
$ 10................ 3 Years
$ 20 ............... 4 Years
$ 50 ............... 9 Years
$100 .............. 9 Years

For more USA money facts visit:
The Bureau of Engraving and Printing,
United States Department of the Treasury
http://www.moneyfactory.com/document.cfm/18/106

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