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WITandWISDOM(tm) - February 8, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"When you blame others, you give up your power to change." - Douglas Noel Adams

Source: Quotes of the Day lists.LearningKingdom.com/join/


A biologist in Madison, Wisconsin, told how he watched a tiny ant pick up a piece of straw 100 times its size. He observed with fascination. What a burden that little ant was carrying!

Where was he going with it? "I watched as the ant came to a crack in the ground. It was far too wide for him to get across. So the ant carefully laid the piece of straw across the gap and walked on it to the other side."

The biologist added, "What appeared to be a burden for the ant was actually his escape."

By Neil Eskelin in Neil Eskelin's Daily Jump Start(tm), Copyright (c) 2000, www.neileskelin.com

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. He can see from her nameplate that the teller's name is Patricia Whack. So he says, "Ms. Whack, I'd like to get a loan to buy a boat and go on a long vacation." Patti looks at the frog in disbelief and asks how much he wants to borrow.

The frog says $30,000.

The teller asks his name and the frog says that his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Jagger, and that it's OK, he knows the bank manager. Patti explains that $30,000 is a substantial amount of money and that he will need to secure some collateral against the loan. She asks if he has anything he can use as collateral. The frog says, "Sure, I have this," and produces a tiny pink porcelain elephant, about half an inch tall, bright pink and perfectly formed.

Very confused, Patti explains that she'll have to consult with the manager, and disappears into a back office. She finds the manager and says, "There's a frog called Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you and wants to borrow $30,000. He wants to use this as collateral." She holds up the tiny pink elephant. "I mean, what in the world is this?"

The bank manager looks back at her and says: "It's a knick knack, Patti Whack. Give the frog a loan. His old man's a Rolling Stone"

Submitted by Braxton Hagele


When Arthur Goldberg was Secretary of Labor under John F. Kennedy, he acquired a reputation as a negotiator able to bring harmony to the most discordant labor problems. Once, when Goldberg emerged from a long session where a serious strike had been averted, the President called him to the Oval Office.

"How do you do it, Arthur?" he asked.

"The trick," said the Secretary of Labor, "is to be there when it's settled."

Source: Bits & Pieces, July 25, 1992, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc., www.epinc.com

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Did you know that after the Revolutionary War the United States almost became a monarchy? In 1786, a year before the Constitution was written, a group of prominent American patriots, including James Monroe and Alexander Hamilton, decided that the country needed a king. At the suggestion of Revolutionary War hero Baron von Steuben, they wrote to Prince Henry of Prussia, the younger brother of Frederick the Great, and invited him to become king of the United States. Prince Henry had trouble making up his mind, and by the time he got around to sending a vague reply, the Americans had decided to have an elected president instead.

Source: Bits & Pieces, July 25, 1992, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc., www.epinc.com

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