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WITandWISDOM(tm) - May 10, 2007
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, pure, simple, and useful life." – Unknown

Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright (c) ACTS International, 2004, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.php


The day on which Rabbi Avraham Pam was to enter the hospital for major surgery, he left the Mesivta Torah Vodaath building to be driven home by Rabbi Avrohom Biderman. They started to walk to the car when Rabbi Pam abruptly turned around and said that he had to return to the yeshivah.

They entered the building’s lobby, where a South American maintenance worker was mopping the floor. "Good morning," said Rabbi Pam with a smile. The worker returned the greeting and Rabbi Pam left the building.

"I always say ‘Good morning’ to him," Rabbi Pam told Rabbi Biderman. "But I was so preoccupied with my thoughts that I did not greet him when we left the first time. "

The Jewish Observer, March 2004, p. 23, http://www.jewishobserver-la.com/

Source: A Daily Dose of Kindness, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/aDailyDose/

Submitted by Malladi Murthy in India

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Laws of Household Physics

Ever notice that the laws of household physics are every bit as real as every other law in the universe? Here are a few examples:

1. A child's eagerness to assist in any project varies in inverse proportion to the ability to actually do the work involved.

2. Leftovers always expand to fill all available containers plus one.

3. A newly washed window gathers dirt at double the speed of an unwashed window.

4. The availability of a ballpoint pen is inversely proportional to how badly it is needed.

5. The same clutter that will fill a one-car garage will fill a two-car garage.

6. Three children plus two cookies equals a fight.

7. The potential for disaster is in direct proportion to the number of TV remote controls divided by the number of viewers.

8. The number of doors left open varies inversely with the outdoor temperature.

9. The capacity of any hot water heater is equal to one and one- half sibling showers.

10. What goes up must come down, except for bubble gum, kites and slightly used Rice Krispies.

11. Place two children in a room full of toys and they will both want to play with the same toy.

Submitted by The Little Woman


"I keep losing the war on poverty because my money keeps fraternizing with the enemy."

Submitted by B. B.

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

A mysterious substance found in a mine in Serbia has been identified by scientists as kryptonite.

In movies and comic books, kryptonite is the substance which saps Superman's super powers.

Mining researchers discovered the unusual mineral and enlisted the help of Dr Chris Stanley, a mineralogist at London's Natural History Museum to identify it.

Once Dr Stanley had unraveled the mineral's chemical make-up, he was shocked to discover this formula was already referenced in fiction.

The new mineral matched the chemistry of kryptonite as described in the film Superman Returns, reports the BBC.

Dr Chris Stanley said: "I'm afraid it's not green and it doesn't glow either - although it will react to ultraviolet light by fluorescing a pinkish-orange.

"Towards the end of my research I searched the web using the mineral's chemical formula - sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide - and was amazed to discover that same scientific name, written on a case of rock containing kryptonite stolen by Lex Luther from a museum in the film Superman Returns.

"The new mineral does not contain fluorine and is white rather than green but, in all other respects, the chemistry matches that for the rock containing kryptonite."

Source: Ananova http://www.ananova.com

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