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WITandWISDOM(tm) November 1, 2004
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you're feeling blue is that he doesn't try to find out why.

Source: The Funnies, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andychaps_the-funnies

~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:

As a traveling guest, James Barton joined Sheik Moosa's caravan of ninety camels and nineteen men.

At all times Barton kept with him a leather bag containing eighty pieces of gold. On the morning of the ninth day the bag was gone. He told the sheik of his loss. The sheik sat in silence. Then he declared they wouldn't travel that day, and the gold would be found by evening.

He left the camp alone. Returning by noon, he and his donkey went into the tent, with the command that he must not be disturbed. Toward evening he appeared in his finest clothes,
sat in the center of camp, and in a dignified voice called, "Bring me the men." He stared at them silently for a long time. Then he began to speak.

"A terrible disgrace has come to me. Someone has stolen from my guest, a traveler who has trusted me. Since no one has been in camp, the thief stands before me. My white donkey is not ordinary, but a descendent from the prophet Mohammed's donkey. God will give him wisdom to tell me who stole the gold. I command every man to go alone in my tent and pull the donkey's tail. Close the flap so only God and the donkey can see. When an innocent hand touches it, the donkey will be silent, but he will speak when he feels the guilty hand.

One by one the men entered the tent and closed the flap. Not a sound came from the donkey. When all returned the sheik commanded, "Hold your hands in front of you, palms
up." In silence the dignified sheik bent down to each man and laid his face on their palms. As he lifted his face from the twelfth man, he pulled his sword.

"Get that gold, you thief, or else . . ." he shouted. Begging for mercy, the man ran for the hidden gold. He was beaten and released.

"The next day Barton asked, "Sheik, how did your donkey tell you?"

"Don't tell my men. I soaked mint in water and put it on my donkey's tail, knowing that all the men would pull his tail but the thief. His hands, alone, had no smell of mint upon them."

Be sure your sin will find you out.

Source: Stop, Look and Listen by Eileen E. and Jay H. Lantry, Copyright(c)1976 by Review and Herald Publishing Association, LCCN 75-32229

Submitted by Mary Thayne

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

The Odd Guinness World Records

HEAVIEST VEHICLE PULLED OVER 100 FT:
This year, Derek Boyer of Australia pulled a 30.68-tonne truck-trailer combination 30.5 metres.

HIGHEST SHALLOW DIVE:
In January, Danny Higginbottom of Louisiana dived 8.90m into 30cm of water.

BREATH HELD VOLUNTARILY:
The USA's Robert Foster held his breath for 13mins 42.5secs in 1959.

LONGEST TIME TO ENDURE FULL BODY ICE CONTACT:
Wim Hoff of the Netherlands stood in an ice cube-filled tube for 1hr 17mins in January.

MOST CONSECUTIVE POGO-STICK JUMPS:
In 1990, Gary Stewart did 177,737 in California.

MOST ONE-FINGER PUSH-UPS:
In 1992, Paul Lynch performed 124 in London.

HIGHEST TIGHTROPE WALK:
Frenchman Michael Menin walked a 3,150 metre-high tightrope in 1989.

WALKING - GREATEST DOCUMENTED LIFETIME MILEAGE:
Between 1969 and 2000, Arthur Blessitt of Florida, USA, walked 34,501 miles on seven continents while carrying a 3.7-metre cross.

HIGHEST G-FORCE ENDURED VOLUNTARILY:
82.6g for 0.04secs by Eli L Beeding Jr of the USA in 1958. He spent three days in hospital afterwards.

LONGEST ATTACK OF HICCUPS:
Charles Osborne of the USA - 1922 to 1990.

MOST LIGHTNING STRIKES SURVIVED:
Roy C Sullivan from Virginia, USA, was struck for the seventh time in 1977.

FASTEST TIME TO TYPE A MILLION:
Between 1982 and 1998, Aussie Les Stewart typed the numbers one to one million in words.

Source: Top Greetings

~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:

Our kindergarten class went to the fire station for a tour and some instruction in fire safety. The fireman was explaining what to do in case of a fire. He said, "First, go to the door and feel the door to see if it's hot." Then he said, "Fall to your knees. Does anyone know why you ought to fall to your knees?"

One of the little tykes said, "Sure, to start praying to ask God to get us out of this mess!"

Source: Laugh & Lift, http://www.premiumhealth.com/laughlift/

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Be careful what you say in the presence of your babies. That's the advice of a researcher at Johns Hopkins University, who tells us that children only eight months of age are capable of hearing and remembering words, good and bad.

In a study by Dr. Peter Juscyzk, babies were exposed to three recorded stories for a period of about ten days. When they were tested in the lab two weeks later, they clearly recognized the words in the stories but failed to respond to those they hadn't heard. According to Robin Chapman, a University of Wisconsin language specialist, the study demonstrates that very young children attend to the sounds of language and are able to pick out those that are familiar. Chapman concludes that "a lot of language learning is happening in the first year of life."

Source: Night Light: A Devotional for Couples, By Dobson, James C.; Dobson, Shirley Published by Multnomah Pub (September 1, 2000), ISBN: 1576736741, http://isbn.nu/1576736741

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