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WITandWISDOM(tm) - December 4, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Love is what makes the trip worthwhile." - Franklin Jones

Source: The Funnies, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andychaps_the-funnies

Subjects: Love


In September 1858 Henry Fawcett, a young Englishman, was blinded in both eyes when his father accidentally discharged his shotgun while they were hunting.

Before the tragedy, Henry had been a bright, ambitious young man with a great future before him. Following the accident, he was filled with despair. But one thing saved him. He loved his father deeply and knew his father was nearly out of his mind with grief at what had happened to his son.

The only way Henry found to preserve his father's sanity was to choose hope over despair. He pretended to be cheerful when he was not. He pretended to take an interest in life when he felt like giving up. When despair clutched at his heart he pretended to have hope that he could yet be a useful citizen.

Then a strange thing happened. Pretense became reality! It was as if by an act of will Henry had exorcized an evil spirit. He pursued his chosen career, was elected to Parliament, and later, at the request of Prime Minister Gladstone, was put in charge of the British postal and telegraph systems. In this latter position he was instrumental in bringing about significant improvements in the mail and telegraph services of his country.

Source: Sure As The Dawn, by Donald E. and Vesta W. Mansell, Copyright (c) 1993 by Review & Herald Publishing Association, ISBN: 0828007233, http://isbn.nu/0828007233/price

Subjects: Blind, Handicaps, Britain

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:


Psychiatrists say that 1 of 4 people are mentally ill. Check 3 friends. If they're OK, you're it.

A truly wise man never plays leapfrog with a unicorn.

It has recently been discovered that research causes cancer in rats.

Paranoids are people, too; they have their own problems. It's easy to criticize, but if everybody hated you, you'd be paranoid, too.

A diplomat is someone who can say nice doggie until he can find a rock.

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.

Submitted by Gwendolyn E. Eckman

Subjects: One Liners


One day my brother-in-law, Don, got stuck in a snowdrift, and his efforts to try to free his car proved fruitless. Finally his neighbor came by. The neighbor grabbed a chain, hooked it to his truck, wrapped it around Don's rear bumper, then started to back up the truck. Suddenly the car's bumper ripped off and went flying.

The neighbor got our of his truck, assessed the situation and said, "Well, Don, we'll have to pull out bigger pieces than that or we'll be here all day."

By Sharon D. Bacon, Berea, Kentucky

Source: Reader's Digest, Copyright (c) March 1999, http://www.readersdigest.com

Subjects: Snow, Accidents, Automobiles

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

How does a bill-changing machine determine that your bill isn't counterfeit? (answer below)

In passing judgment, the machine checks for several characteristics. For instance, by passing a light through it, the changer examines your bill's gross density. It also uses light rays to check the alignment of thin lines embedded in your bill. A magnet generates a signal from the ink in your bill and it had better match the one characteristic of the ink used in printing real bills. The machine also measures the exact length of your bill.

From: How Do They Do That? By Caroline Sutton, Published by Harpercollins Juvenile Books (Aug 1, 1985), ISBN: 068805935X, http://isbn.nu/068805935X

Source: MailBits.com Trivia, Copyright (c) 1998-2001 All rights reserved http://MailBits.com/

Subjects: Money

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