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WITandWISDOM(tm) - September 18, 2000

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. - Oprah Winfrey

Source: The Motivation Mailer, motivational_mailer- subscribe@topica.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org


A young man who had been reared on a farm decided to be a doctor in order that he might be of greater service to mankind. He felt that he could do more good and help more of his fellow men if he practiced medicine, than if he stayed on the farm.

The years in medical school were strenuous ones. There were many sacrifices on his part, and plenty of work and study. His father and mother entered into the sacrifice, too. They went without many things in order that the boy might stay in school. Finally he was graduated and served an internship, then went into a large city and began his chosen work.

Things did not go too well. He didn't have many patients, and his income was not all he had expected. Evidence of his discouragement must have crept into his letters to his parents, for his father decided to go to the city to see his son. His visit was a pleasant surprise.

"Well, son," he asked, "how are you getting along? How is your courage?"

"I'm not getting along at all, dad. I am not doing a thing. Maybe I made a mistake."

The father tried to say something which would encourage the young doctor. He had helped him before, maybe he could do something now. So he did his best.

Later in the day the father went with his son to a free clinic, where the young man spent several hours each day without any remuneration. Twenty-five suffering patients were cared for as carefully as if the doctor were to receive a large check from each one. He spoke words of cheer, and left each one feeling better.

When they were alone again, the old gentleman said, "I thought you told me you were not doing anything. If I had given as much help to as many persons in a month as you have in a few hours this morning, I would thank God that I was good for something."

"But there isn't any money in it, dad," the boy replied

"Money!" the old man said, with a tone of scorn in his voice. "What is money in comparison with being a help and a blessing to your fellow men? Forget the money. Don't let it worry you. I will go back to the farm and work the rest of my life to help support you, for in that way I shall be a blessing, too. I shall be happy by day and sleep soundly at night in the thought that I have helped you to help your fellow men."

By C. L. Paddock

Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) January 30, 1951, Pacific Press, www.pacificpress.com/signs via http://www.witandwisdom.org

Submitted by: Dale Galusha

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

COMPUTER JARGON 2 of 2 [Sep 8, 18]

Press to continue . . .

Smash forehead on keyboard to continue . . .


Enter any 11-digit prime number to continue...

ASCII stupid question, get a stupid ANSI!

E-mail returned to sender -- insufficient voltage.

Help! I'm modeming... and I can't hang up!!!

Error: Keyboard not attached. Press F1 to continue.

Hidden DOS secret: add BUGS=OFF to your CONFIG.SYS

Press any key... no, no, no, NOT THAT ONE!

Press any key to continue or any other key to quit...

Error reading FAT record: Try the SKINNY one? (Y/N)

Hit any user to continue.

Backup not found: (A)bort (R)etry (P)anic

Backup not found: (A)bort, (R)etry, (T)ake down entire network?

Submitted by Will Dill, Chris Johnston


In the conference room of a large corporation was a framed motto expressing the sentiments of the president. It's no longer there, but its message was: "Intelligence is no substitute for information; enthusiasm is no substitute for capacity; willingness is no substitute for experience." The motto is gone because one morning, after a series of meetings, some wag had added: "A meeting is no substitute for progress."

Source: Bits & Pieces, September 14, 1995, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc., www.epinc.com via http://www.witandwisdom.org

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Where is the driest desert on Earth?

At some places in Chile's Atacama Desert, it does not rain for centuries at a time. A long, narrow strip of land along the western coast of South America, the Atacama is protected from clouds by the Andes Mountains, the world's second highest mountain range.

Many parts of the Atacama Desert receive average annual rainfall of less than 0.004 inches (0.1 mm), and some spots have not seen rain in 400 years. Although the desert is located right next to the Pacific Ocean, the prevailing winds come down from the lofty mountains and sweep out to sea.

But as dry as it is, even the Atacama supports life. There are tiny pockets where fog from the sea creates enough moisture for plants and even some animals, and there are also a few humans living in the Atacama.

Where is the water, and why is it so dry?

A robot crosses the Atacama:

Source: The Learning Kingdom, Copyright (c) 2000, www.tlk-lists.com/join via http://www.witandwisdom.org

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