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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 7, 2000

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"Deep listening is miraculous for both listener and speaker. When someone receives us with open-hearted, non-judging, intensely interested listening, our spirits expand." - Sue Patton Thoele

Source: Ancestry Daily News, Copyright (c) 2000, www.ancestry.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org


There was the time Donald Douglas was competing with Boeing to sell Eastern Air Lines its first big jets. Eddie Rickenbacker, who headed Eastern, is said to have told Douglas that his specifications and claims for the DC-8 were close to his competition on everything but noise suppression. He then gave Douglas one last chance to out-promise Boeing on this feature.

After consulting his engineers. Douglas reported back that he did not feel he could make that promise.

Rickenbacker replied, "I know you can't. I wanted to see if you were still honest. You just got yourself an order for $135,000,000
From: "The Pastor's Story File"

Source: Daily Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright 2000, www.actsweb.org/subscribe.htm via http://www.witandwisdom.org

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Michigan, USA, Temperature Conversion Chart

60 above
New Yorkers try to turn on the heat.
Michigan people plant gardens.

50 above
Californians shiver uncontrollably.
Michigan people sunbathe.

40 above
Italian cars won't start.
Michigan people drive with the windows down.

32 above
Distilled water freezes.
Lake Michigan's water gets thicker.

20 above
Floridians wear coats, gloves and woolly hats.
Michigan people throw on a sweatshirt

15 above
New York landlords turn up the heat.
Michigan people have the last cook-out before it gets cold.

- 0 -
People in Miami cease to exist.
Michigan people lick the flagpole.

20 below
Californians fly away to Mexico.
Michigan people get out their winter coats.

40 below
Hollywood disintegrates.
Michigan's Girl Scouts begin selling cookies door to door.

60 below
Polar bears begin to evacuate Antarctica.
Michigan's Boy Scouts postpone "Winter Survival" classes until it
gets cold enough.

80 below
Mt. St. Helen's freezes.
Michigan people rent some videos.

100 below
Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
Michigan people get frustrated when they can't thaw yesterday's coffee.

297 below
Microbial life survives on dairy products.
Michigan cows complain of farmers with cold hands.

460 below
ALL atomic motion stops.
Michigan people start saying...."Cold `nuff for ya?"

Source: Clean Hewmor, clean-hewmor-subscribe@welovegod.org via http://www.witandwisdom.org


My employment search preoccupied our family for months. One day my husband told our three boys that to make things easier for me, he had a list of jobs for them. They were all silent until our six-year-old spoke up: "When are the interviews?"

Source: The Funnies, andychaps_the-funnies-subscribe@egroups.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

How did "pipe down" come to mean, "be quiet?" . . .

The tone of this expression puts it somewhere between "please lower your voice" and "shut your mouth!" But the words in it don't place it anywhere that's at all obvious. What pipe? Where? Why?

The reality is that pipe down is yet another expression that comes from the days of sailing ships. The "pipe" in question was a whistle used by the boatswain, a petty officer - sort of
a sergeant - who supervised a work crew on deck. When he blew "pipe down" his men were free to go below. Once they went below, it was quiet on deck. And that's the condition to which you aspire when you tell someone to pipe down. If they don't respond, throw them overboard.

From: Who Put The Butter in Butterfly? by David Feldman

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