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WITandWISDOM(tm) - August 18, 2006
Until you make peace with who you are you'll never be content with what you have. - Doris Mortman
Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://users.adelphia.net/~mrs.carol
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Pastor Hal Steenson submitted this wonderful story to 3ABN this morning. This real life story took place yesterday. (7-12-06)
Why do I always have to be the one that starts to do laundry and there's no detergent? I guess it was time for me to do my "Dollar Store" run, which included light bulbs, paper towels, trash bags and Clorox. So off I go.
I scurried around the store, gathered up my goodies, and headed for the checkout counter only to be blocked in the narrow aisle by a young man that appeared to be about sixteen-years-old. I wasn't in a hurry, so I patiently waited for the boy to realize that I was there. This was when he waved his hands excitedly in the air and declared in a loud voice, "Mommy, I'm over here." It was obvious now, he was mentally challenged, and also startled as he turned and saw me standing so close to him, waiting to squeeze by. His eyes widened and surprise exploded on his face as I said, "Hey Buddy, what's your name?" "My name is Denny and I'm shopping with my mother," he responded proudly. "Wow," I said, "that's a cool name; I wish my name was Denny, but my name is Hal." "Hal like Halloween?" he asked. "Yes," I answered. "How old are you Denny? "How old am I now Mommy?" he asked his mother as she slowly came over from the next aisle. "You're fifteen-years-old Denny; now be a good boy and let the man pass by."
I acknowledged her and continued to talk to Denny for several more minutes about summer, bicycles and school. I watched his brown eyes dance with excitement because he was the center of someone's attention. He then abruptly turned and headed toward the toy section.
Denny's mom had a puzzled look on her face and thanked me for taking the time to talk with her son. She told me that most people wouldn't even look at him, much less talk to him. I told her that it was my pleasure and then I said something I have no idea where it came from, other than by the prompting of the Holy Spirit. I told her that there are plenty of red, yellow and pink roses in God's garden, however, "Blue Roses" are very rare and should be appreciated for their beauty and distinctiveness. You see, Denny is a "Blue Rose" and if someone doesn't stop and smell that rose with their heart and touch that rose with their kindness, then they've missed a blessing from God. She was silent for a second, then with a tear in her eye she asked, "Who are you?" Without thinking I said, "Oh, I'm probably just a "daffodil or maybe even a dandelion," but I sure love living in God's garden.
Source: 3ABN http://www.3abn.org
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
A professor investigating the psychology of humour says Spike Milligan was the author of the world's funniest joke.
Five years ago, Prof Richard Wiseman did an online experiment in which 300,000 people from around the world voted for the best gag.
Prof Wiseman now says the winner was almost certainly written by Milligan during his Goon Show days.
The joke runs as follows: Two hunters are out in the woods in New Jersey when one of them collapses. He doesn't seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed.
The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps 'My friend is dead! What can I do?' The operator says: 'Calm down, I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead.' There is a silence, then a shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says 'OK, now what?'
Prof Wiseman explained: "There is some very rare footage from 1951 showing the Goons in their first TV appearance. Just by chance I saw it on a documentary and saw a version of the very same joke."
The script reads:
Michael Bentine: I just came in and found him lying on the carpet there.
Peter Sellers: Oh, is he dead?
Bentine: I think so.
Sellers: Hadn't you better make sure?
Bentine: All right. Just a minute.
Sound of two gun shots.
Bentine: He's dead.
"It is very rare to be able to track down the origin of any joke but this is an exception," said Prof Wiseman.
Source: Ananova http://www.ananova.com
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
My wife woke up this morning
She was feeling very ill.
I don't know what caused it,
She isn't on the pill,
I had to help her down the stairs,
Her legs were so unsteady,
I had to help her to the kitchen,
To get my breakfast ready!
Source: Digital Unite, http://tinyurl.com/fzkkc
A family frantically drove for four hours to search for a missing five-year-old boy - then found him asleep in the boot.
Brodie Nicholas's family used their people carrier to mount a search after he disappeared from home, reports the Mirror.
More than 100 neighbours, dozens of taxi drivers and a police spotter plane all joined in the search.
Brodie's uncle, Moonie Hussain, 39, took the family's car to scour the streets of Portsmouth.
When he returned to Brodie's house, he decided to check the vehicle one more time - and found the boy snoozing in the boot.
Moonie said: "As I looked in the back window, I could see his legs. With the seats up, you can't see into the back of these big cars. He had just woken up and didn't know what was going on. We were just so glad to have him back."
The boy said he had got into the car to get some peace and quiet. He added: "My sister was annoying me and it was comfy in the car."
Source: Ananova http://www.ananova.com