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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 26, 2007
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." - Mohandas (Mahatma) Karamchand Gandhi (1869 – 1948)


A skeptic in London, in speaking of the Bible, said that it was quite impossible in these days to believe in any book whose authorship is unknown.

A Christian asked if the compiler of the multiplication table was known.

“No!” he answered.

“Then, of course, you do not believe in it.”

“Oh yes,” was the skeptic’s reply “I believe in it because it works well.”

“So does the Bible,” was the rejoinder.

The skeptic had no answer to that.

Submitted by Malladi Murthy in India

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

He Is No Parrot . . . He Is A Chicken

Firemen had to be called out to rescue a parrot with a fear of heights that got stuck at the top of a tree.

Ollie's phobia only became apparent after he escaped through the skylight of his home in Musselburgh, near Edinburgh, reports The Scotsman.

The Australian Red Sided Eclectus flew about a mile before settling near the top of a 50ft tree where fear left him stuck – for four days.

Owner Mario D'Amico was beginning to give up hope until his neighbour told him he had heard a bird while out walking at nearby Inveresk.

"We rushed up there and we could hear a bird saying "hello" and we knew we had found Ollie," said Mr D'Amico.

"He knew we were there and kept saying 'hello mummy, hello daddy' and 'good boy, bad boy', but he just wouldn't come down."

Mr D'Amico eventually called the Scottish SPCA, where an inspector deemed the situation "life-threatening" for Ollie because the parrot hadn't eaten for days.

The fire brigade was called in, but found the tree was too tall for them to climb, leaving them with only one option – using a high pressure hose to "scare" him off his perch.

Mr D'Amico said: "I didn't think it was a very good idea in case he flew further up the tree.

Source: Ananova (06-20-07) http://www.ananova.com

For more about the story and a picture of Ollie visit:


No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat, and no amount of tape can ever totally remove the fur from your couch. - L. Dworken

Source: Scream of the Crop, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scream_of_the_crop/

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

On June 6 I told how I use Google as a spell checker when MS Word can not figure out the word I am trying to spell. http://witandwisdom.org/archive/20070606.htm

One subscriber, “IW,” made the following suggestion:

There is another solution and one I use. It is not perfect but better than opening up word or some other program just to spell check.

It sits in the background and spell checks everything you type in any program at any time (unless you disable it). I even use it when I am in programs with spell checkers. It has a hot key for correcting spelling which makes it faster to check on the fly.


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