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WITandWISDOM(tm) - November 20, 2002
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way. - John C. Maxwell

Source: ToInspire Newsletter, http://www.toinspire.com


In 1930, Cousteau passed the highly competitive examinations to enter France's Naval Academy. He served in the navy and entered naval aviation school.

A near-fatal car crash at age 26 denied him his wings, and he was transferred to sea duty, where he swam rigorously to strengthen badly weakened arms.

The therapy had unintended consequences. "Sometimes we are lucky enough to know that our lives have been changed, to discard the old, embrace the new, and run headlong down an immutable course," he wrote. "It happened to me ... on that summer's day, when my eyes were opened to the sea."

- Jacques Cousteau, USA Today 06/25/97

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

A young psychology student serving in the Army decided to test a theory. Drawing kitchen duty, he was given the job of passing out apricots at the end of the chow line.

He asked the first few soldiers that came by, "You don't want any apricots, do you?" Ninety percent said "No."

Then he tried the positive approach: "You do want apricots, don't you?" About half answered, "Uh, yeah, I'll take some."

Then he tried a third test, based on the fundamental either/or selling technique. This time he asked, "One dish of apricots or two?" And in spite of the fact that soldiers don't like Army apricots, 40 percent took two dishes and 50 percent took one!

Source: Bits & Pieces, May 26, 1994, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc. Http://www2.ragan.com/html/main.isx?sub=1249


The choir had come out of rehearsal. "Am I to assume that you do a lot of singing at home?" Bill Garrison asked a fellow choir member, Roy Greene.

"Yes, I sing a lot. I use my voice just to kill time," said Roy.

Bill nodded. "You certainly have a fine weapon."

Source: Funny Pages Mailing List

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

What Was the Largest Recorded Locust Swarm?

In 1875 the species formed the largest recorded locust swarm in the history of humankind, 1,800 miles long and 110 miles wide, equaling the combined area of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. Thousands of farm families threw in their shovels and gave up.

A mere 28 years later, this seemingly indestructible enemy vanished. The last collection of a live Rocky Mountain locust was made 100 years ago, in 1902.

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