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WITandWISDOM(tm) - April 29, 2004
In our play we reveal what kind of people we are. – Ovid
Source: DailyInBox: Proverbs Plus, http://mailroom.dailyinbox.com/pplus/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Mr. Alter's fifth-grade class at Lake Elementary School in Oceanside, California, included fourteen boys who had no hair. Only one, however, had no choice in the matter. Ian O'Gorman, undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma, faced the prospect
of having his hair fall out in clumps. So he had his head shaved. But then 13 of his classmates shaved their heads, so Ian wouldn't feel out of place.
"If everybody has his head shaved, sometimes people don't know who's who," said 11-year-old Scott Sebelius in an Associated Press story (March 1994). "They don't know who has cancer, and who just shaved their head." Ten-year-old Kyle Hanslik started it all. He talked to some other boys, and before long they all trekked to the barber shop.
"The last thing he would want is to not fit in," said Kyle. "We just wanted to make him feel better." Ian's father, Shawn, choked back tears as he talked about what the boys had done. He said simply, "It's hard to put words to." "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ" (Gal. 6:2).
Sherman L. Burford, Fairmont, West Virginia. Leadership, Vol. 15, no. 3.
Source: A Dose of Inspiration, http://www.quietstones.com/mydailydose
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
A month after arrival in a different church, the new pastor learned that a rumor had circulated about him. In effect it said that he had taken his wife to a concert after prayer meeting, had bawled her out as they sat on the front row, then had marched her down the aisle before the concert was over, arguing with her all the way down the aisle.
He let the rumor circulate for a few weeks, then decided to spike it. During the announcements on a Sunday morning he said, “The story is not true - for four reasons. First, I wouldn’t take my wife to a concert after prayer meeting. Second, I wouldn’t argue with her in public. Third, I wouldn’t create such a scene by marching her down the aisle while the program was still on. And finally, I’m not married.”
From: Serve Him With Mirth by Leslie B Flynn
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~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Two trucks loaded with a thousand copies of Roget's Thesaurus collided as they left a New York publishing house last Thursday, according to the Associated Press. Witnesses were stunned, startled, aghast, taken aback, stupefied, amazed, astounded, unsettled ....
Source: Good Stuff E-mail List
The world's first maglev train floats into the station.
While other countries argued over the feasibility of maglev trains, the Chinese went and built one. The Shanghai Transrapid is the world's most advanced ground-transportation system: Floating half an inch off its guideway, it whisks passengers along at 267 miles per hour on an ultrasmooth and remarkably quiet ride. Its $1.2 billion track runs from downtown Shanghai to the Pudong International Airport, and the 19-mile trip takes all of 8 minutes. The secret to its speediness? Electromagnetic levitation (or maglev) technology.
Electromagnetic force is used to make the train hover, and to provide vertical and horizontal stabilization. The frequency, intensity and direction of the electrical current in the track control the train's movement, while the power for the levitation system is supplied by the train's onboard batteries, which recharge whenever the train is moving. By putting the propulsion system in the guideway rather than onboard, the ears can be lighter, which enables the floating train to accelerate to nearly 200 mph in about 2 minutes.
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Source: Popular Science, Copyright © December 2003, http://popsci.com