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WITandWISDOM(tm) - December 15, 2003
"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." - Blaise Pascal
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~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Several years ago I was soliciting for the poor. I had two streets, one that had some of the better homes in our little county seat town and the other one had the homes of people who were not so well off.
I got very little from the better homes and was surprised at the generosity from the other. Two thoughts come to mind as I think about it today. Old Confucius used to say that the neediest beggars wore silk. Maybe he knew those who lived grandly in his day. The other was that those at the lower end of the scale have been needy themselves or close to it. They knew what it was like!
By R. P. Cly
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Elizabethtown, Kentucky (AP):
A state law mandating that people take a bath once a year is just one of many unusual _ some bizarre _ statutes that are or have been on the books in Kentucky.
"There are a lot of crazy laws out there," said Ruben Gardner, Elizabethtown's chief of police.
Another state law, for example, stated that "No female shall appear in a bathing suit on any highway within this state unless she be escorted by at least two officers or unless she be armed with a club." The law was later amended with: "The provisions of this statute shall not apply to females weighing less than 90 pounds nor exceeding 200 pounds, nor shall it apply to female horses."
Other unusual laws and proposed punishments from across the state include:
_ Throwing eggs (or tomatoes) at a public speaker could result in up to one year in prison.
_It is unlawful to dye or color a baby chick, duckling or rabbit and offer it for sale unless six or more are for sale at the same time.
Steve Park, finance director for the city of Elizabethtown, said he's found some interesting laws that were adopted by the city in the late 1800s and that are still on the books.
"There's one that states if a horse dies in front of a house, the horse owner has 12 hours to have it removed. If the owner doesn't, then it becomes the responsibility of the property owner to have it removed," Park said. "I'm sure that at the time it was a necessary law, but I'm not sure how needed it is today."
Another local law concerns a dog tax that was imposed. Park said the handwritten statute, found in very old minutes of city council meetings required a small amount for each dog be collected. "The sheriff is to collect the tax or shoot the dog," according to the minutes.
Source: White Board News, http://www.joeha.com/whiteboard/
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Donald H. Rumsfeld:
"As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don't know we don't know." - February 12, 2002, Department of Defense news briefing
Felipe Garza was 15 when he gave away his heart. His girlfriend, Donna Ashlock had become critically ill and needed a heart transplant. One day he told his mom, quite unexplainably, "I'm going to die, and I'm going to give my heart to my girlfriend." He died suddenly 3 weeks later when a blood vessel ruptured in his brain. Doctors then took Felipe's heart and gave it to Donna, saving her life.
Source: Our Daily Bread, November 21, 2003, http://www.rbc.net