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~~~~~~~ WIT and WISDOM - February 19, 1999

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance. - Thomas Huxley
(Charles Powell via E-zine: DAILYQUOTE c1999 http://www.dailycast.com)


On February 19, 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Torun, Poland. He attended the University of Cracow and studied medicine and law. In 1497, he began studying theology and was appointed a canon to the Cathedral in Frauenburg. But Nicolaus kept looking heavenward and observed the rotations of the planets. He soon theorized that the sun was the center of the universe, not the earth. He came to believe that the earth spun on its axis once daily and it annually revolved around the sun.

This theory, now widely accepted, was considered heresy. Church officials widely denounced him. Copernicus humbly left his church position to pursue his theory. It was on his deathbed that Copernicus, known as the Father of Modern Astronomy, was first handed his book "The Revolution of the Heavenly Bodies." But sensing the end was near, he ignored his book. He directed his assistant to write the following epitaph to be placed on his grave: "O Lord, the faith thou didst give to St. Paul, I cannot ask; the mercy thou didst show to St. Peter; I dare not ask; but Lord, the grace thou didst show unto the dying robber, that, Lord, show to me."

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 1998

(E-zine: GLOBAL CHRISTIAN NETWORK http://www.gcnhome.com)

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:


Being sent to the drugstore to test vacuum tubes for the TV.

When Kool-Aid was the only other drink for kids, other than milk and sodas.

When there were two types of sneakers for boys.

When boys couldn't wear anything but leather shoes to school.

When it took five minutes for the TV to warm up.

When all your friends got their hair cut at the kitchen table.

When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got there.

When nobody owned a pure-bred dog.

When a dime was a decent allowance, and a quarter a huge bonus.

When you'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny.

When girls neither dated nor kissed until late high school, if then.

When your mom wore nylons that came in two pieces.

When all your teachers wore either neckties or had their hair done, everyday.

When you got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped, without asking, for free, every time. And you got trading stamps to boot!

When laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes or towels hidden inside the box.

When any parent could discipline any kid, or feed him, or use him to carry groceries, and nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.

When it was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents.

When they threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed - and did!

When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited a misbehaving student at home.

When women were called, "Mrs. John Smith," instead of their own name.

(E-zine: THE FUNNIES Mailto:Andychap@aol.com)


Sunday night at Grace Church, they had their monthly Christian soft-rock concert. As expected, I was singing along with the group on an older, more familiar chorus. In fact, I was harmonizing. Quite nicely, too. Griffin turned to me and said, "Grandpa, we don't sing back-then music in this church." - By Asa Sparks

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Did You Know this about Your BODY?

The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps blood out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.

The strongest muscle in the body is the TONGUE.

It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

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