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WITandWISDOM(tm) - February 15, 2002

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity. - Joseph Sugarman

Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright 2001, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.htm

Subjects: Problems, Success


Corrie ten Boom often thought back over the horrors of Ravensbruck and realized that it was hard to find anywhere in her heart the true Christian attitude for the former Nazis that would reveal through her the Spirit's goodness. Where was love, acceptance, and forgiveness in a horror camp where allegedly more than 95,000 women died? How could she ever forget the horrible cruelty of the guards and the smoke constantly coming from the chimney of the crematorium?

Then in 1947 Corrie was speaking in a church in Munich, and when the meeting was over she saw one of the most cruel male guards of Ravensbruck coming forward to speak to her. He had his had outstretched. "I have become a Christian," he explained. "I know that God has forgiven me for the cruel things I did, but I would like to hear it from your lips as well. Fraulein, will you forgive me?"

A conflict raged in Corrie's heart. The good Spirit of God urged her to forgive. The spirit of bitterness and coldness urged her to turn away. ‘Jesus, help me. I can lift my had. I can do that much.'

As their hands met it was as if warmth and healing broke forth with tears and joy. "I forgive you, brother, with all my heart." Later Corrie testified that "it was the power of the Holy Spirit" who had poured the love of God into her heart that day. Once again the "good Spirit" had triumphed.

By Garrie F. Williams, "Welcome, Holy Spirit," Copyright (c) 1994

Subjects: Forgiveness

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

New Animals Thanks to Genetic Scientists

It seems that gene-splicing has become a reality. Now all those old jokes about crossing a parrot with a centipede are within the realm of possibility.

Here are a few examples:

Cross an Indian monkey with a vine of the legume family and a plant with yellow cup-shaped flowers will give you Rhesus Peanut Buttercup.

Cross a Sasquatch and a baboon. It's a Sassoon that lurks in the suburbs at night, catches unwary women and styles their hair.

Cross an armadillo with a hammerhead shark and keep your fridge smelling fresh. It's an Arm & Hammerhead shark.

Cross a parrot with an alligator and when the Parrigator asks you for a cracker, you'd be well advised to give it one.

Cross a sheep dog and a baby of the carp family will get you a Shag-carpette.

Splice the genes of 63,360 inchworms and you get a Mile-worm.

An Impossabull is what you get when you make a three-way cross between an impala, a possum and a bull. It's a 2000 lb. antelope that hangs from trees and drops down on unsuspecting matadors.

Cross a rabbit with an amoeba gives you an Amoebit. It can multiply and divide at the same time.

Cross a racehorse with a hog and you get a Thoroughpig.

Cross a sheep with a porcupine and you get a Sheepupine. It not only supplies you with wool but will also knit you a sweater.

Incidentally, the cross between a parrot and a centipede mentioned earlier will get you a Walkie-talkie.

Source: Dave's Daily Chuckle, http://www.Daily-Chuckle.com

Subjects: Genetics, Animals


Todd and Jill went to a "Dude Ranch" while in Texas. The cowboy preparing the horses asked if she wanted a Western or English saddle, and she asked what the difference was.

He told her one had a horn and one didn't.

Jill replied, "The one without the horn is fine. I don't expect we'll run into too much traffic out here."

Source: Kitty's Daily Mews, Copyright (c) 1997-2002 All rights reserved worldwide, http://www.katscratch.com/

Subjects: Horses, Traffic

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

"Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 18,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1 ton." - Popular Mechanics, March 1949

Source: Bits 'n' Bites eZine - Strange Facts and Trivia Newsletter http://Globemark.net/FreeZinesOnline.htm

Subjects: Computers

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