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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 15, 2004
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"Tell me who admires you and loves you, and I will tell you who you are." - Charles Augustin Sainte-Beauve

Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright (c) ACTS International, 2004, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.htm


In some parts of Mexico hot springs and cold springs are found side by side--and because of the convenience of this natural phenomenon the women often bring their laundry and boil their clothes in the hot springs and then rinse them in the cold ones. A tourist, who was watching this procedure commented to his Mexican friend and guide: "I imagine that they think old Mother Nature is pretty generous to supply such ample, clean hot and cold water here side by side for their free use." The guide replied, "No señor, there is much grumbling because she supplies no soap.

What about me?

By James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988) pp. 261-262. http://isbn.nu/0842315691

Source: A Dose of Inspiration, http://www.quietstones.com/mydailydose

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

A meteorite the size of a grapefruit has smashed though the roof of a house in New Zealand. The space rock bounced off the sofa, hit the ceiling again and then rolled under the computer.

Scientists say the 1.3kg rock was traveling at 500 km/h when it struck the house in Auckland. It's the ninth meteorite ever recorded there.

Luckily no one was injured in the hit, which ripped through the building at breakfast time on Saturday.

Home owner Brenda Archer was in the kitchen when the rock crashed into her front room.
"There was just a huge explosion and we looked around and there was just dust everywhere.

"I'm just glad no one was sitting on the couch because they would have got absolutely crowned," said Mrs. Archer.

The Archers, who haven't decided what to do with the rock, are following expert advice and drying it out in their oven.

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A little boy riding the bus had been sniffling for several blocks. The lady sitting next to him said, "Little boy, do you have a handkerchief?"

"Yes, ma'am," he replied, "but I never lend it to strangers."

Source: Mr. Mom's Mailing List, http://mrmom.amaonline.com/

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Would a penny dropped from the Empire State Building kill someone below?

A few calculations tell us that a penny falling edge-on from the 1,050-foot-high observation deck on Floor 86 of the 102-story skyscraper would fall 500 feet before reaching maximum velocity: 57 miles an hour. This is about 1/10 the speed of a low-caliber handgun bullet - fast enough to hurt but, except in freak circumstances, not to kill. It’s a moot point anyway: Thanks to updrafts, coins tossed from the observation deck generally land on the setback roof of Floor 80.

Source: Popular Science, Copyright © February 2004, http://popsci.com

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