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WITandWISDOM(tm) - February 23, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor. - Andrew Carnegie

Source: The Funnies, andychaps_the-funnies- subscribe@egroups.com


On one occasion in the early days of the Society of Friends, a Quaker was riding across a moor when he heard the sound of hoof beats behind him. In a moment a highwayman drew abreast and, pointing a pistol at him, demanded, "Your money or your life!"

Without a moment's hesitation the Quaker pulled out his purse and handed it to the man.

"That's a fine horse you have," observed the robber. Then he ordered, "Get down! I'm taking him."

Calmly, without a word of protest, the Quaker dismounted, and the robber changed horses. As the robber was turning the horses around to ride off, the Quaker stepped in his path and, taking hold of the bridles, began to talk to him.

"How can you," he asked with quiet earnestness, "a man made in the image of God, be happy living a life of crime and violence? Repent, my friend, before it is too late!"

The robber drew his pistol and pointing it at the Quaker's head, snarled, "How dare you preach to me, you . . . Another word and I'll shoot you where you stand."

The Quaker never flinched. "Friend," he smiled, "I know you could kill me. I wouldn't risk my life to save either my purse or my horse, but I would gladly lay it down if I could save you from eternal damnation!"

Without a word, the robber returned the pistol to its holster, sprang off the Quaker's horse, and returned it to him with his purse. Then, mounting his own horse, he rode off, saying, "If you're that concerned for my soul. I'm not taking anything."

By Donald E. and Vesta W. Mansell, "Sure As The Dawn" Copyright (c) 1993

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Did you hear about the teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put his boots on?

He asked for help and she could see why. With her pulling and him pushing, the boots still didn't want to go on. When the second boot was on, she had worked up a sweat.

She almost whimpered when the little boy said, "Teacher, they're on the wrong feet." She
looked and sure enough, they were. It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off then it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on - this time on the right feet.

He then announced, "These aren't my boots." She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, "Why didn't you say so?" like she wanted to. Once again she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off.

He then said, "They're my brother' s boots. My Mom made me wear them." She didn't know if she should laugh or cry. She mustered up the grace to wrestle the boots on his feet again.

Then she said, "Now, where are your mittens?"

He said, "I stuffed them in the toes of my boots..."

Submitted by Karen Staley


An English professor announced to the class; "There are two words I don't allow in my class. One is gross and the other is cool."

From the back of the room a voice called out, "....... so, what are the words?"

Source: Kitty's Daily Mews, Copyright (c) 1997-2001 All rights reserved worldwide, mailto:kittysubs@katscratch.com?subject=Sub_KDM

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

What was the first hard disk memory device?

The world's first hard disk memory storage device was IBM's 350 RAMAC Disk File (Random Access Method of Accounting and Controlling), first offered in September, 1956.

The 350 RAMAC was the first storage device with random access to large volumes of data. (Random access means that any of the data is available in a short time.) It used fifty 24-inch (61-cm) platters, holding 5 million 7-bit characters of data (roughly equivalent to 4.9 megabytes). It could be leased for $35,000 per year.

At the end of 1999, it was possible to buy a 50-gigabyte (50 billion bytes) hard disk for less than $1,600. That's more than ten thousand times as much storage as the 350 RAMAC, and the device itself is much more reliable and much faster.

More about the 350 RAMAC and other early memory devices:
http://www.di sktrend.com/disk3.htm

Source: Cool Fact of the Day features.learningkingdom.com/fact/

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