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WITandWISDOM(tm) - April 12, 2001
A small trouble is like a pebble. Hold it too close to your eye and it fills the whole world and puts everything out of focus. Hold it at proper viewing distance and it can be examined and properly classified. Throw it at your feet and it can be seen in its true setting just one more tiny bump on the pathway to eternity. - Celia Luce
Source: Bits & Pieces, July 25, 1992, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc., www.epinc.com
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
BEGINNING MY DAY
By Becky Hutzel
Hello, dear Father, it's a beautiful day
To walk with you, on life's pathway
By Your grace and will, I awoke from night
To find the blessing, of Your morning light
So before I rush, into this day
I come to ask,"will You lead my way?"
I know not what, is awaiting me
So I seek Your wisdom, please help me see
How best to follow, in Your perfect plan
And humbly serve, my fellow man
Next I ask, for a heart that's true
So your light may shine, through all I do
And in so doing, give glory and praise
To my God who's good, in all His ways
Then when this day, is finally done
I'll know the victories I have won
Came not by strength, of my own making
But because I seek You, upon my waking.
By Becky Hutzel, email@example.com, Copyright (c) 2000
Submitted by Becky Hutzel
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
In an issue of "Meat & Poultry" magazine, editors quoted from "Feathers," the publication of the California Poultry Industry Federation, reporting the following story:
It seems the US Federal Aviation Administration has a unique device for testing the strength of windshields on airplanes. The device is an air cannon that launches a dead chicken at a plane's windshield at approximately the speed the plane flies.
The theory is that if the windshield doesn't crack from the carcass impact, it'll survive a real collision with a bird during flight. It seems that British Rail was very interested in this and wanted to test a windshield on a brand new, ultra high speed locomotive they're developing.
They borrowed the FAA's chicken launcher, loaded the chicken and fired. The ballistic chicken shattered the windshield, went through the engineer's chair, broke an instrument panel and embedded itself in the back wall of the engine cab. The British engineers were stunned and asked the FAA to review the test to see if everything was done correctly.
The FAA checked the test thoroughly and had one recommendation: "Try thawing the chicken next time."
I hope you enjoyed this Urban Legend: http://www.snopes2.com/spoons/legends/cannon.htm
Submitted by Gary, Nadine & Eugene
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
As we stood in formation at the Pensacola Naval Air Station, our Flight Instructor said, "All right! All you dummies fall out."
As the rest of the squad wandered away, I remained at attention.
The Instructor walked over until he was eye-to-eye with me, and then just raised a single eyebrow. I smiled and said, "Sure was a lot of 'em, huh sir?"
Source: The Funnies, andychaps_the-funnies- firstname.lastname@example.org
What Egyptian tombs were discovered by a donkey?
In 1996, at a remote Egyptian oasis called Bahariya, a man was crossing the desert on his donkey when the animal stumbled. Its foot had fallen through the sand, revealing a hole into a previously unknown Egyptian tomb.
As law required, the area was cordoned off so that archaeologists could examine the find. It turned out to be one of the most significant discoveries ever made from the Greco-Roman period of Egyptian history, from 332 BC until the fourth century AD.
Hundreds of mummies were buried there, along with thousands of artifacts including coins, statues, and even board games. It is an ancient graveyard revealing much about life in the declining centuries of the Egyptian civilization.
The golden mummies of Bahariya:
An account by Dr. Hawaas, an archaeologist who was there:
Source: Cool Fact of the Day features.learningkingdom.com/fact/