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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 18, 2003
Pain is a holy angel which shows treasure to men which otherwise remains forever hidden. - Adalbert Stifter
Source: Peter's Pearls, http://www.peterspearls.com.au
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
The woman was always frequenting small antique shops, but regardless of what she saw there, she always complained about something.
The quality was poor, the prices too high, or the selection was limited.
The shop owners took it in stride, but one day, while ranting and raving, she yelled at the clerk, "Why is it I never manage to get what I ask for in your shop?"
The clerk simply smiled and replied, "Possibly, ma'am, because we're too polite."
Source: Arizona Humor, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/arizona_humor/
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Our granddaughter, Jade Callahan, proudly announced to one of her elementary school teachers, "I'm a vegetarian." She continued, "My mother is a vegetarian, my sister is a vegetarian, but my father isn't! He eats chicken, fish, cows, and dogs - but no pigs!"
Jade's teacher was shocked and replied, "You mean he eats dogs?" "Yes," Jade answered matter-of-factly as she walked away, "hot dogs."
By William and Mary Thompson, Takoma Park, Maryland
Source: Adventist Review, ISSN 0161- 1119, (c) April 24, 2003, http://www.adventistreview.org/
Submitted by Nancy Simpson
The Eyes Have It
Identification fraud, the "boom crime" of the next decade, has forced authorities and organizations to rethink traditional forms of security. As a result, iris recognition technology is becoming increasingly popular, especially in Australia. While not perfect, it is the safest, cheapest, most user-friendly and accurate form of identification available in the world today.
In Australia, iris technology is already being used by Qantas Airlines, Sydney Airport, foreign embassies, some banks and TAFE colleges, the Australian Protective Services, the Defense Department and the Police Integrity Commission. Already it's being used for everything from apartment blocks in Brisbane, where your eye is the key to your apartment ... to gymnasiums where it is used to identify its membership. It is predicted that within five years every ATM in Australia will have iris recognition technology.
When forming in the womb, the iris tears open, creating a unique pattern that is consistent throughout a person's life from the age of one year. The technology does not keep a photo of your eye, but instead uses a matching code allocated when a user knowingly registers with the system. A user must look into a camera while a snapshot is taken and matched to the corresponding code. Reportedly, in over two billion attempts around the world, the iris has never let the wrong person through a secure door or into the wrong bank account.
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Source: Nybble Weekly Newsletter, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nybble