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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 4, 2003
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it." - John Quincy Adams

Source: Smile a Day Newsletterę, http://www.net153.com/best.htm

~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:

They "Mythed" It

There's some Myth-understanding about God's precious Word,
For some have Mythed the fact that it's inspired by the Lord.
They Mythed the story of creation that God caused to be wrote,
They may believe in Noah, but they certainly Mythed his boat.

They Mythed the walls of Jericho that crumbled to the ground,
And never would admit they fell by being walked around.
They Mythed Elijah's ravens and Mythed his fiery ride,
Which took him up to Heaven before he ever died.

No doubt they Mythed Goliath when they mentioned David's sling,
And Balaam's donkey talking!!! They laughed as they Mythed him.
You'd never think they'd Myth a whale because of it's great size,
But Jonah swallowed by a whale to them is only lies.

There's much Myth-quoting of God's word when reading Daniel's book,
They Myth the fiery furnace without a second look,
And then the Den of Lions where Daniel should have died,
They say it never happened, and it's very Mythed-stified.

And that's not all they Mythed my friend, they Mythed the virgin birth,
They Mythed HIM as the Son of God and all HIS glorious worth.
His miracles are mostly Mythed, they hardly cause reflection,
Without a trace of wise regret, they Myth the resurrection.

Can we then trust this modern thought that takes God's word so true,
And Myth-interpret much of it to give us something new?
Ah, no! We must not fall a prey to such a lie my friend,
And live our lives quite Myth-informed and miss Heaven in the end.

Source: Monday Fodder mailto:dgaufaaa@iohk.com?subject=Subscribe_Monday_Fodder

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

4th of July Quiz

1) Sisters Pauline Esther Friedman and Esther Pauline Friedman were both born on the 4th of July. They are better known as:

a. Carol Burnett/Mary Tyler Moore
b. Meg Tilley/Jennifer Tilley
c. Abigail Van Buren/Ann Landers

2) Three American Presidents have died on the 4th of July, but only one is listed below. Which one?

a. George Washington
b. James Monroe
c. Theodore Roosevelt

3) In what year did the Continental Congress adopt the Declaration of Independence?

a. 1754
b. 1776
c. 1792

4) The Declaration of Independence was signed in which city?

a. Philadelphia
b. Washington D.C.
c. Plymouth Rock

5) On July 4, 1850 President Zachary Taylor laid the cornerstone for the Washington Monument. What happened to him 5 days later?

a. He tripped over it, breaking his arm as he fell
b. He was exposed as initially opposing the monument
c. He died

6) What is the "official" name of the Statue of Liberty?

a. Lady Liberty
b. Libertine
c. Liberty Enlightening the World

7) July is National Hot Dog Month. Hot dogs gained fame when President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt served hot dogs to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939. How many hot dogs does the average American eat each year?

a. 42
b. 70
c. 93

8) Whose signature is largest on the Declaration of Independence?

a. John Hancock
b. Benjamin Franklin
c. Daniel Webster

9) Which are the first words of the Declaration of Independence?

a. When in the course of human events...
b. We, the People, of the United States of America...
c. We hold these Truths to be self-evident...

Answers below, here's the scoring:

9 correct: You're a remarkable student of history!
5-8 correct: You're definitely a patriot.
1-4 correct: You're on the right track, don't let the train derail.
0 correct: Just visiting?

1) c. Abigail Van Buren/Ann Landers (Dear Abby/Dear Ann)
2) b. James Monroe
3) b. 1776
4) a. Philadelphia
5) c. He died (of cholera)
6) c. Liberty Enlightening the World
7) b. 70
8) a. John Hancock
9) a. When in the course of human events...

PS - The other two Presidents that died on July 4th were
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

Please count your blessings in honor of those who helped secure our independence and continue to help keep our country free.

Source: The Internet Tutor, http://www.shagmail.com/sub/sub-tutor.html

~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:

Professor: Although in modern English the double negative is usually taken to mean an affirmative, in many linguistic contexts the double negative is an intensified negative, as the double affirmative is "always" an intensified affirmative. There is no known case of a double affirmative being used as a negative.

Student: Yeah, right.

Source: HUMOR Digest

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

The second and third U.S. Presidents, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, were good friends in their youth, but after Adams was replaced by Jefferson, political disagreements separated them and they never saw each other again. They were eventually reconciled in the last 14 years of their lives and exchanged many affectionate letters. When John Adams died at the ripe age of 91, his last words were, "Thomas Jefferson still lives." But this was incorrect.

You see, at the age of 83 - during his last hours in his home in Monticello, Virginia - Jefferson passed in and out of consciousness. In 1826, just a few hours before Adams died, Thomas Jefferson died surrounded by friends and family. His last words were, "Is it the 4th?" After he heard, "Yes," he breathed his last. Amazingly, the final words of these two Founding Fathers uttered on the same day, July 4 - and on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

Source: Amazing Facts, http://www.amazingfacts.org

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