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WITandWISDOM(tm) - April 15, 2003
"Taxes are our way of feeding the goose that lays the golden eggs of freedom, democracy and enterprise. Someone says, "Well, the goose eats too much." That's probably true. But better a fat goose than no goose at all!" - Jim Rohn
Source: The Funnies, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andychaps_the-funnies
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Dear Ann Landers:
When my twin daughters were young, I taught them to say this prayer before going to bed. As I listened outside their door, I could hear them say, "Give us this steak and daily bread, and forgive us our mattresses."
San Francisco: When I was a child, I learned this prayer as "Our Father, who are in Heaven, Howard be thy name." I always thought that was God's real name.
Groton, Massachusetts: My mother spent her early childhood saying, "Hail Mary, full of grapes."
Missoula, Montana: My son, who is in nursery school, said, "Our Father, who art in Heaven, how didja know my name?"
Uniontown, Ohio: I remember thinking this prayer was "Give us this day our jelly bread."
Covina, California: I recall reading something years ago about the Pledge of Allegiance. Some child thought it began, "I led the pigeons to the flag."
Cleveland, Ohio: When I was little, I often wondered who Richard Stands was. You know: "I pledge allegiance to the flag . . . and to the republic for Richard Stands."
Schenectady, New York: I once knew a child whose favorite Sunday school song was "Gladly, the Cross-Eyed Bear."
Tampa, Florida: When my husband was 6 years old, he thought a certain prayer was "He suffered under a bunch of violets." The real words were "under Pontius Pilate," but at that age, he didn't know better. To this day, we still snicker in church whenever that prayer is read.
Lake Forest Park, Washington: When I was a little girl, we sang a song in Sunday school about Noah. Part of the chorus was "And the rains came down, and the floods came up." We lived next door to a couple of charming little girls who always sang this song while playing in their garden. Their words were, "And the rains came down, and the spuds came up."
Submitted by Donald Henry
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
When my son was in the ninth grade, we reluctantly agreed to let him move into the basement. Then I realized how convenient it was to get him to the breakfast table. Before, I used to stand at the bottom of the staircase and scream his name. Now all I had to do was flick the basement light off and on, and he was here.
One morning I flicked the switch, and nothing happened. I did it several more times. "I'm on my way," my son called up. "You didn't have to yell."
Source: Absolute Humor, http://absoluterobeo.com
How long have Americans been reciting the Pledge of Allegiance?
The original American Pledge of Allegiance was published in the September 8, 1892, issue of "The Youth's Companion" in Boston. For years, the authorship was in dispute between James B. Upham and Francis Bellamy of the magazine's staff. In 1939, after studying the controversy, the United States Flag Association decided that authorship be credited to Bellamy. The phrase "under God" was added to the pledge on June 14, 1954.
Source: ArcaMax Trivia, http://www.arcamax.com