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WITandWISDOM(tm) - February 28, 2000

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. - Robert Fulghum - Reader's Digest, November 1999

(Magazine: Reader's Digest http:www.readersdigest.com )


~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

No wonder the English language is so very difficult to learn. I sometimes wonder how we manage to communicate at all! Part 1 of 2 [2-28, 3-8]

We must polish the Polish furniture.

He could lead if he would get the lead out.

The farm was used to produce produce.

The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

The soldier decided to desert in the desert.

This was a good time to present the present.

A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.

When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

I did not object to the object.

The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

The bandage was wound around the wound.

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"I believe you should live each day as if it is your last, which is why I don't have any clean laundry because, come on, who wants to wash clothes on the last day of their life?" -David W.

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~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Which ancient king benefitted from "modern" plumbing? . . .

The palace of King Minos of Knossos in Crete featured a number of early plumbing innovations. The palace, built around 1700 BC, had tightly sealed terra cotta drain pipes, and a large underground sewer system that discharged into the river Kairatos.

Also at the palace were some of the earliest known bathtubs, made of painted terra cotta. Unlike today's tubs, these had no drains, and were filled and emptied by hand.

The palace was also home to the first known flushing toilet. It was a private chamber, walled off by gypsum panels. It was flushed by rainwater, or by cisterns poured by hand.

More about ancient Minoan plumbing:

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