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WITandWISDOM(tm) – December 1, 2004
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"The greatest and noblest pleasure which we have in this world is to discover new truths, and the next is to shake off old prejudices." - Frederick II, the Great

Source: Quotes of the Day, mailto:rheamo@centurytel.net?subject=Subscribe_Quotes_of_the_Day


A story of the great Babe Ruth, related by Norman Vincent Peale, tells of kindness given when so badly needed several decades ago. At Babe’s career’s peak, Peale recalls, Babe although large in stature, was “graceful, even rhythmic, in his motions. When he batted, it was like a symphony of beauty – the crack of the bat on the ball, the run, the tag on base. He hit seven hundred fourteen home runs, and the multitudes loved him.

But Babe Ruth eventually became older, and in his decline, the Yankees traded him to the Boston Braves. In Cincinnati, at one of the Babe’s final games, Dr. Peale sat with a large crowd watching the Braves play the Reds. This day, Babe wasn’t doing well. Neither was his rhythm intact.

After twice fumbling the ball and several times throwing balls off target, he enabled the Cincinnati Reds to make five runs. At game’s end, with head down – and to the booing of fans “who once cheered him riotously” – Babe walked toward the dugout.

By then, over the railing and across the field, came running a small boy, who threw his arms around his hero's knees. Bending down, Babe picked up the boy and after setting him down and tousling his head, walked with him, hand-in-hand off the field. At this a hushed silence fell over the crowd, those present awed by the galvanizing moment. Thus, a small child’s kind thoughtfulness ultimately overruled a crowd’s cruel thoughtlessness. The child’s actions enabled Babe – with head held high and heart unfettered – to exit the playing field with unmitigated dignity.

Source: Laughter for a Saturday

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

How Observant Are You?

There are 27 questions about things we see every day or have known about all our lives. How many can you get right? These little simple questions are harder than you think-- it just shows you how little we pay attention to the commonplace things of life. Put your thinking caps on. No cheating! No looking around! No getting out of your chair! No using anything on or in your desk or computer! Can you beat 20?? (The average is 7)

Write down your answers and then check your answers (on the bottom) only AFTER completing all the questions.

No looking at your phone or anything on your desk...

Here we go!

1. On a standard traffic light, is the green on the top or bottom?
2. How many states are there in the USA? (Don't laugh, some people don't know)
3. In which hand is the Statue of Liberty's torch?
4. What six colours are on the classic Campbell's soup label?
5. What two numbers on the telephone dial don't have letters by them?
6. When you walk does your left arm swing with your right or left leg?
7. How many matches are in a standard pack?
8. On the United States flag is the top stripe red or white?
9. What is the lowest number on the FM dial?
10. Which way does water go down the drain, counter or clockwise?
11. Which way does a "no smoking" sign's slash run?
12. How many channels on a VHF TV dial?
13. On which side of a women's blouse are the buttons?
14. Which way do fans rotate?
15. What is on the back of a Canadian dime?
16. How many sides does a stop sign have?
17. Do books have even-numbered pages on the right or left side?
18. How many lug nuts are on a standard car wheel?
19. How many sides are there on a standard pencil?
20. Sleepy, Happy, Sneezy, Grumpy,Dopey, Doc. Who's missing?
21. How many hot dog buns are in a standard package?
22. On which playing card is the card maker's trademark?
23. On which side of a Venetian blind is the cord that adjusts the opening between the slats
24. On the back of a Canadian $1 coin, what is in the centre?
25. There are 12 buttons on a touch tone phone. What 2 symbols bear no digits?
26. How many curves are there in the standard paper clip?
27. Does a merry-go-round turn counter or clockwise?


1. Bottom
2. 50
3. Right
4. Blue, red, white, yellow, black, &gold
5. 1, 0
6. Right
7. 20
8. Red
9. 88
10. Clockwise (north of the equator) (This has been proven to not be true. Can go either way. Count correct for either answer. Richard)
11. Towards bottom right
12. 12 (no #1)
13. Left
14. Clockwise as you look at it
15. The Bluenose
16. 8
17. Left
18. 5
19. 6
20. Bashful
21. 8
22. Ace of spades
23. Left
24. Loon
25. *, #
26. 3
27. Counter

Submitted by Orvie Jensen


"Dogs need to sniff the ground; it's how they keep abreast of current events. The ground is a giant dog newspaper, containing all kinds of late-breaking dog news items, which, if they are especially urgent, are often continued in the next yard." - Dave Barry

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~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

English Class Set Up On Train

An English language class has been set up on a passenger train in southern India.

Classes are held daily on the train between the Andhra Pradesh cities of Machilipatnam and Vijayawada.

Nearly 190 regular passengers enrolled within the frst three days, reports the Telegraph of Calcutta.

The free Cow - Career On Wheels - classes are held in one of the ten passenger compartments.

Sudhakar Rao, an aspiring IT professional, hopes the course will help him to speak English without an "accent".

Latha Bharadwaj, who teaches the course, said: "I have students from 15 to 45 years, all studying in the same class."

The project was launched by the state commission for employment and training in collaboration with Nagarjuna University.

Commissioner B V Sudhakar said: "Instead of wasting time playing cards or eve teasing, students and lowly-paid employees have an opportunity to better their job prospects."

Source: Ananova http://www.ananova.com

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