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WITandWISDOM(tm) - December 3, 2004
I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. - Groucho Marx
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~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
It was time to fix supper. I had put it off as long as! could, but the kids were getting hungry, and Daddy would be home from work soon. I pulled out all the food that was in the cupboard: one potato, a handful of macaroni, a little rice, and about one cup of lentils. I checked the refrigerator: half an onion, two eggs, and two carrots. I cooked the rice and lentils, the potato, and the bit of macaroni. The carrots were grated and sautéed with the chopped onion. I added a little salt and garlic powder. Everything was mixed together with the eggs, tossed into a casserole dish and popped into the oven. Supper. I called it "gunk." I hoped it would taste good.
Gene came into the kitchen. "Mom, can we have salad for supper?"
"No, I don't have any. Sorry."
A couple of minutes later Gene asked again, "Mom, please can we have salad for supper?"
I told him that I didn't have any and that he would just have to do without.
Gene begged again, "Mom, please, oh, please, can we have salad for supper?"
In a not-so-pleasant tone of voice I told him I didn't have any salad. He would just have to ask God for some. He disappeared around the corner.
About 15 minutes later I heard a knock at the door. The neighbor kids said a woman had left all these bags of food by our door. Just then the phone rang. I left the sacks of groceries and dashed for the phone.
"Go to your front door. You will find a gift from God." The line went dead. I ran back to the door. The boys helped carry all the bags to the kitchen. I couldn't believe my eyes.. Gene was so excited. He kept shouting, "God said yes, God said yes."
Those bags contained everything you could ever dream of putting in or on a salad: a variety of lettuce, spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, three kinds of salad dressing, sunflower seeds, croutons, alfalfa sprouts. What a treat!
Source: Adventist Review, ISSN 0161-1119, (c) October 23, 2003, http://www.adventistreview.org/
Submitted by Mary Thayne
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Shortly after the birth of their second child, a husband offered to take his wife shopping for a new dress. He endured more than two hours of listening to her complaints about which figure flaw each dress accentuated.
As she emerged from the dressing room, having tried on the last selection, she asked for her husband's opinion. By this time he had learned just the right things to say.
"It's perfect!" he exclaimed. "It makes your waist look smaller, your legs look longer, and slenderizes your hips."
Just then another lady in the dressing room spoke out. "If there is a dress here that will do that, I'll buy them all!"
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~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
"Don't argue for a later bedtime when you still have pajamas with feet."
Source: Heart Touchers, http://www.hearttouchers.com
Does the Library of Congress keep a copy of every book ever printed? How many books does it contain?
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with more than 120 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 18 million books, 2.5 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.5 million maps, and 54 million manuscripts. That's a lot of books, but it's definitely not every book ever printed, even though the Library continues to grow at the current rate of 10,000 items daily (less than half of the 22,000 items received every working day). Items that are not selected for the Library of Congress's own collections are used in national and international exchange programs, made available to other federal agencies, or donated to educational institutions and nonprofit organizations in the United States.
There are other remarkable superlatives that apply to the collections of the Library of Congress. The Law Library of Congress, containing over 2.4 million volumes, is the world's largest law library. This is not surprising given that the number one priority of the Library of Congress is to serve our lawmakers by making "knowledge and creativity available to the United States Congress," as well as to the American people, now and in future generations.
You'll find the largest rare book collection in North America (with over 700,000 volumes) at the Library of Congress, including a "perfect" vellum copy of the Gutenberg Bible. The Library also boasts the world's largest collection of comic books (100,000 issues), historic telephone books and city directories, more than 4.4 million technical reports, and over a million U.S. Ph.D. dissertations (yawn!). The smallest book in the collection is Old King Cole -- "about the size of the period at the end of this sentence."
But let's put things in a digital perspective. According to the Internet Archive web site, if you converted all the text in the Library of Congress (that's words, not pictures) into digital format, it would equal about 20 terabytes (or 20,000 copies of the Encyclopedia Britannica). In October 2001, the Internet Archive's collection of online data contained about 10 billion web pages -- over 100 terabytes of data and growing. Of course, this includes home pages, personal pet pages, and usenet newsgroups, as well as electronic books and Ph.D. theses.
United States Library of Congress:
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