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WITandWISDOM(tm) - May 6, 2002
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Humility is a strange thing - when you think you've gained it you have lost it.

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

Subjects: Humility


Eric "The Swimmer" Moussambani of Equatorial Guinea was an unlikely hero of the Sydney Olympic Games. The 22-year-old African had only learned to swim last January, had only practiced in a 20 meter pool without lane markers, and had never raced more than 50 meters. By special invitation of the International Olympic Committee, under a special program that permits poorer countries to participate even though their athletes don't meet customary standards, he had been entered in the 100 meter men's freestyle.

When the other two swimmers in his heat were disqualified because of false starts, Moussambani was forced to swim alone. Eric Moussambani was, to use the words of an Associated Press story about his race, "charmingly inept." He never put his head under the water's surface and flailed wildly to stay afloat. With ten meters left to the wall, he virtually came to a stop. Some spectators thought he might drown! Even though his time was over a minute slower than what qualified for the next level of competition, the capacity crowd at the Olympic Aquatic Center stood to their feet and cheered the swimmer on.

After what seemed like an eternity, the African reached the wall and hung on for dear life. When he had caught his breath and regained his composure, the French-speaking Moussambani said through an interpreter, "I want to send hugs and kisses to the crowd. It was their cheering that kept me going."

Who do you need to cheer on today?

Source: My Daily Dose of Inspiration, http://www.quietstones.com/mydailydose

Subjects: Swimming, Olympics, Encouragement

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:


Things students wrote in essays.....

Eventually, the Romans conquered the Geeks. History calls people Romans because they never stayed in one place for very long.

Then came the Middle Ages. King Alfred conquered the Dames.

A tale tells of William Tell, who shot an arrow through an apple while standing on his son's head.

The renaissance was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Gutenberg invented the Bible.

The colonists won Revolutionary War and no longer had to pay for taxis.

Source: Gentle Humor, mailto:words@iop.com?subject=Subscribe

Subjects: History, School


The new computer my sister, Jewell, and her husband bought had a program with a spell-check function, which they decided to try. My sister typed in her name, and the computer suggested the correction Jewel. "You don't know how to spell your own name," my brother-in-law said, laughing, as he typed in his name, Myron. No such word, according to the computer. It suggested Moron.

From: Reader's Digest "Life In These United States" by Rita McGuffey

Source: DailyInBox: Reader's Digest CyberSmiles, http://dailyinbox.com/rd/

Subjects: Spelling

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Seven brothers have married seven sisters at the same wedding ceremony in Pakistan.

The mass wedding happened in Mamoo Kanjan village in Punjab province.

Over 2,000 guests attended the wedding.

The Jang daily newspaper says they celebrated over beef and roast chicken.

The seven sisters are cousins of the seven brothers.

From: Mamoo Kanjan, Pakistan (Ananova)

Source: WhiteBoard News for March 18, 2002, http://www.joeha.com/whiteboard

Subjects: Weddings

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