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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 25, 2007
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. - Henry David Thoreau

Source: Quotes of the Day, http://www.quotationspage.com/qotd.html


The citizens of Feldkirch, Austria, didnít know what to do. Napoleonís massive army was preparing to attack. Soldiers had been spotted on the heights above the little town, which was situated on the Austrian border. A council of citizens was hastily summoned to decide whether they should try to defend themselves or display the white flag of surrender. It happened to be Easter Sunday, and the people had gathered in the local church.

The pastor rose and said, "Friends, we have been counting on our own strength, and apparently that has failed. As this is the day of our Lordís resurrection, let us just ring the bells, have our services as usual, and leave the matter in His hands. We know only our weakness, and not the power of God to defend us." The council accepted his plan and the church bells rang. The enemy, hearing the sudden peal, concluded that the Austrian army had arrived during the night to defend the town. Before the service ended, the enemy broke camp and left.

Submitted by Malladi Murthy in India

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Sign Language For The Dentist

You know how hard it is to talk to your dentist when your teeth are being cleaned or you are getting a filling? Well, I decided I would make up a sort of sign language that you could use to express yourself without having to mumble.

Below are 10 common things you might wish to say, numbered 1-10. These would be printed on a poster and mounted on the ceiling above the dentist chair.

It would give you something to read since procedures can be boring. When a phrase seems appropriate, you would just hold up the corresponding number of fingers to express yourself. The dentist would not need to stop to ask you to repeat yourself and could fix the problem right away.

1. Everything is fine, but my nose itches.

2. When you get a chance, there seems to be spit running down my neck.

3. So, I guess you had garlic again for lunch today?

4. You realize that wasn't my tooth that you just poked with that incredibly sharp tool.

5. I would REALLY prefer you didn't do that again.

6. Could you please suction the chunk of debris that you missed before I gag?

7. Remember how I said I was numb? I think I may have been mistaken.

8. Wait a minute -- maybe I am allergic to latex.

9. Just so you know, if I don't get to take a break soon, I may bite you.

10. Please stop asking me stupid questions about myself or I will take that paper mask off your face.

Submitted by B. B.


Zucchini: Vegetable, which can be baked, boiled, fried or steamed before kids refuse to eat it.

Source: Chapnotes, mailto:xanmansa@chapnotes.org?Subject=Subscribe

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

A university cleaner has become a concert pianist after a web cam caught him having a go on a grand piano.

Aleksander Kudajczyk put down his mop and gave a spellbinding performance of Chopin compositions to an empty room.

Mr Kudajczyk, 28, who arrived in Britain six months ago, had landed a job cleaning Glasgow University's law department.

He saw no need to mention the fact he had studied at one of Poland's finest music academies, reports the Daily Mail.

But the unwitting public performance in Glasgow University chapel so enraptured his on-line audience that he is now playing packed venues.

Joan Keenan, a secretary in the Glasgow University chaplaincy, said: "Aleksander is a lovely but shy lad. He works as a cleaner but nobody knew what a talent he had.

"He asked the university chaplain Stuart MacQuarrie if he might have a go on the grand piano.

"I knew he was playing and logged on to the internet, to a webcam we have set up in the chapel to watch weddings and other events held there. I couldn't believe what I was hearing as he played exquisite Chopin.

"Right away I started emailing the music librarian who is a member of an orchestra, and friends and colleagues around the university."

Soon Mr Kudajczyk was offered the chance to play concerts at the chapel and he has also been entertaining crowds at Glasgow's West End Festival.

Miss Keenan said: "He was nervous playing his first concert in the chapel, but the crowd were stunned. He was incredible and deserves his chance to play on a bigger stage.

"His hands are far too precious to continue cleaning for long, as the chemicals affect them.'

Source: Ananova (06-20-07) http://www.ananova.com

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