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WITandWISDOM(tm) - October 23, 2003
The next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it. - Frank Clark
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Ralph is the son of a couple who lived next door to my wife's parents. He was a normal healthy baby until some candy got stuck in his windpipe with consequent damage to his brain. Ralph grew into a normally sized young man but never spoke and was frustrated with his life. His family sent him to a special school in Montgomery, Alabama, and eventually Ralph could carry on a limited conversation with people outside the family and got some job training.
Eventually Ralph got a job with the sanitation department in Prattville, Alabama and has done a great job, receiving several awards for his productivity and punctuality.
One day Ralph amazed many of us at the First Baptist Church here in Prattville as he made a profession of faith and gave a short speech. He was baptized and joined the church.
Ralph taught me a very important thing about being a Christian. He taught me that we need to be content in whatever circumstances we find ourselves and to make the best of it.
By R. P. Cly, Copyright (c) 2003
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Wolfgang Mieder, deemed by Smithsonian magazine as "the world's top proverb expert," has gathered more than 150 sapient maxims and juxtaposed each with several fractured and humorous variations in his new book, "Wisecracks! Fractured Proverbs," published by New England Press. http://isbn.nu/1881535452
"Love is blind, but neighbors aren't,"
"Better mate than never,"
"A fool and his money are soon popular," and
"If at first you don't succeed, you're average."
Copyright (c) 2003 United Press International. All rights reserved.
Source: Weird News, http://www.arcamax.com
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Cards offering used textbooks for sale are posted on the college notice board at the beginning of each semester. One read: "Introduction to Psychology, $8, never used." The card was signed, "Must sell."
The next day a note had been added: "Good price. Are you sure it's never been used?" Signed, "Prospective buyer."
Below in a different hand was: "Positive!" Signed, "Professor who graded his exam."
Source: Net 153 Weekly, http://www.net153.com/
74,354 - The number of acres of pumpkins harvested annually.
25 - The percentage of pumpkins grown in Illinois.
$171,661,000 - The value of all pumpkins harvested annually.
6 - The number of pounds of pumpkin eaten or carved per capita each year.
Source: Health, October 2003, http://www.health.com