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WITandWISDOM(tm) – March 1, 2007
The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none. - Thomas Carlyle
Source: Quotes of the Day, http://www.quotationspage.com/qotd.html
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Matt Emmons had the gold medal in sight. He was one shot away from claiming victory in the 2004 Olympics 50-metre, three-position rifle event. He didn't even need a bull's-eye to win. His final shot merely needed to be on target.
Normally, the shot he made would have received a score of 8.1, more than enough for a gold medal. But in what was described as "an extremely rare mistake in elite competition," Emmons fired at the wrong target.
Standing in lane two, he fired at the target in lane three. His score for a good shot at the wrong target?
Zero. Instead of a medal, Emmons ended up in eighth place.
It doesn't matter how accurate you are if you are aiming at the wrong goal.
-Leadership, Winter 2005. Cited in Encounter magazine (ACTS Australia), July/Aug., 2006, p. 21, http://www.actsweb.org/au/encounter.php
Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright (c) ACTS International, 2004, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.php
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Millions of years ago, there was no such thing as the wheel. One day, some primitive guys were watching their wives drag a dead mastodon to the food & fire area. It was exhausting work; the guys were getting tired just watching.
Then they noticed some large, smooth, rounded boulders and they had a great idea! They could sit on top of the boulders and get a better view of their wives working.
This was the first in a series of breakthroughs that ultimately led to television... and later to the remote control.
By Dave Berry, http://www.davebarry.com/
Source: Clean Laffs, http://www.cleanlaffs.com/
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Working at A fast-food restaurant's drive-through window, I suggested complementary items for each customer's order, such as fries to go with a hamburger. One day, as the manager was reviewing my performance, a woman ordered a carton of milk and a jumbo chocolate-chip cookie. "Milk and a cookie," I repeated, "and would you like a story to go with that?"
Contributed to "All In a Day's Work" by Carrie Baxter, http://www.readersdigest.com/
Source: DailyInBox Presents, http://www.beliefnet.com/nlsubscriptions/Subscriptions.aspx
SANTA FE, New Mexico (Reuters) - In a novel move to curb drunk driving, New Mexico is using talking urinals to remind drinkers to not get behind the wheel when drunk.
The state transportation department said on Thursday it has put some 500 talking deodorizers in bar and restaurant restrooms in the state in recent days to remind drivers not to drink and drive.
"Hey big guy, having a few drinks? Then listen up!" a voice chirps in. "Think you had one too many? Then it's time to call a cab or call a sober friend for a ride home."
Transportation department spokesman SU Mahesh said the motion-activated devices were part of an attempt to "think outside the box" to tackle drunk driving in the state.
"We have a big problem here in New Mexico. ... Hopefully this will be a humorous and also serious way to catch men before they go to their cars and say to them 'it's not worth it to drink and drive,'" Mahesh told Reuters.
Mahesh said the devices, which are manufactured by New York-based Healthquest Technologies Inc., have been used elsewhere in the United States, but never as part of a statewide campaign.
If the project is successful he hopes bars and restaurants will continue to purchase the battery-operated gadgets, which cost $21 each and last three months.
© Reuters 2007. All Rights Reserved.
Source: Reuters, http://reuters.com