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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 26, 2003
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

People who make no mistakes lack boldness and the spirit of adventure. They are the brakes on the wheels of progress. - Dale E. Turner

Source: The Funnies, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andychaps_the-funnies


John Maxwell, in his new book, "Thinking for a Change" (Warner Business Books, 2003), tells the story of Benno Muller-Hill, a professor in the University of Cologne genetics department. When he was in high school, he stood last in a line of forty students in the school yard. Maxwell writes:

His physics teacher had set up a telescope so that his students could view a planet and its moons. The first student stepped up to the telescope. He looked through it, but when the teacher asked if he could see anything, the boy said no; his nearsightedness hampered his view. The teacher showed him how to adjust the focus, and the boy finally said he could see the planet and moons. One by one, the students stepped up to the telescope and saw what they were supposed to see. Finally, the second to last student looked into the telescope and announced that he could not see anything.

"You idiot," shouted the teacher, "you have to adjust the lenses."

The student tried, but he finally said, "I still can't see anything. It is all black."

The teacher, disgusted, looked through the telescope himself, and then looked up with a strange expression. The lens cap still covered the telescope. None of the students had been able to see anything!

Maxwell uses that as an example that we should "question the acceptance of popular thinking." This might be a good story to use in a baccalaureate service or in a service recognizing graduating seniors.

(Maxwell's source was Benno Muller-Hill, "Science, Truth and Other Values," in the Quarterly Review of Biology, Volume 68, Number 3 (September 1993), 399-407.)

Source: The Timothy Report, Copyright (c) 2003 Swan Lake Communications, http://www.swanlake.twoffice.com

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:


1. - You live in a one story house made "entirely of redwood". What color would the stairs be?

2. - You have three stoves: a gas stove, a wood stove, and a coal stove, but only one match. Which should you light first?

3. - Alice is walking through the forest of forgetfulness. She wants to know what day of the week it is. She stops and asks a lion and a unicorn. Now the lion lies all of the time on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. The unicorn always lies on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Alice asks the lion what day it is, he says, "Well yesterday was one of my lieing days." Well Alice cant figure it out just from the Lions answer so she asks the unicorn and the unicorn says, "Yesterday was also one of my lieing days." What day is it?

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1. - What stairs... you live in a "one story house".

2. - The match

3. - Thursday

Source: RemyMail.com, http://remymail.com/


"Just to establish some parameters," said the professor, "Mr. Nichols, what is the opposite of joy?"

"Sadness," said the student.

"And the opposite of depression, Ms. Biggs?"


"And you sir, how about the opposite of woe?"

"I believe that would be giddy up".....

Source: Have A Nice Day

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

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Source : How Stuff Works, http://www.howstuffworks.com

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