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WITandWISDOM(tm) - March 7, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person. - Author Unknown

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Once when there was a famine, a kind, rich baker sent for twenty of the poorest children in the town and said to them, "In this basket there is a loaf for each of you. Take it and come back to me everyday at this hour till God sends us better times."

The hungry children gathered eagerly about the basket and most quarreled over the bread, because each wished to have the largest loaf. At last they went away without even thanking the Good Samaritan. But Gretchen, a poorly dressed little girl, did not quarrel or struggle with the rest, but remained standing quietly to the side. When the ill-behaved children had left, she took the smallest loaf, which alone was left in the basket, kissed the gentleman's hand and went home.

The next day the children were as ill-behaved as before and poor, timid Gretchen received a loaf scarcely half the size of the one she got the first day. When she went home and her mother cut the loaf open, many new shining pieces of silver fell out of it. Her mother was very much alarmed and said, "Take the money back to the good gentleman at once, for it must have gotten into the dough by accident. Be quick, Gretchen, be quick." But when the little girl gave the rich man her mother's message he said, "No, no, my child, it was no mistake, I had the silver pieces put into the smallest loaf to reward you. Always be as contented, kind and thankful as you are now. Go home now, and tell your mother that the money is your own."

Source: Lychnos icsda@iname.com

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Part 1 of 3 [Mar 7, 19, 29]

1. There is one word in the English language that is always pronounced incorrectly. What is it?

2. A man gave one son 10 cents and another son was given 15 cents. What time is it?

3. A boat has a ladder that has six rungs, each rung is one foot apart. The bottom rung is one foot from the water. The tide rises at 12 inches every 15 minutes. High tide peaks in one hour. When the tide is at it's highest, how many rungs are under water?

4. There is a house with four walls. Each wall faces south. There is a window in each wall. A bear walks by one of the windows. What color is the bear?

5. Is half of two plus two equal to two or three?

6. There is a room. The shutters are blowing in. There is broken glass on the floor. There is water on the floor. You find Sloppy dead on the floor. How did sloppy die?

7. How much dirt would be in a hole 6 feet deep and 6 feet wide that has been dug with a square edged shovel?

8. If I were in Hawaii and dropped a bowling ball in a bucket of water which is 45 degrees F, and dropped another ball of the same weight, mass, and size in a bucket at 30 degrees F, them at the same time, which ball would hit the bottom of the bucket first? Same question, but the location is in Canada?


1. Incorrectly.

2. 1:45. The man gave away a total of 25 cents. He divided it between two people. Therefore, he gave a quarter to two.

3. None, the boat rises with the tide.

4. White. If all the walls face south, the house is at the north pole, and the bear, therefore, is a polar bear.

5. Three. Well, it seems that it could almost be either, but if you follow the mathematical orders of operation, division is performed before addition. So... half of two is one. Then add two, and the answer is three.

6. Sloppy is a goldfish. The wind blew the shutters in, which knocked his goldfish-bowl off the table, and it broke, killing him.

7. None. No matter how big a hole is, it's still a hole: the absence of dirt. (And those of you who said 36 cubic feet are wrong for another reason, too. You would have needed the length measurement too. So you don't even know how much air is in the hole.)

8. Both questions, same answer: the ball in the bucket of 45 degree F water hits the bottom of the bucket last. Did you think that the water in the 30 degree F bucket is frozen? Think again. The question said nothing about that bucket having anything in it. Therefore, there is no water (or ice) to slow the ball down...

Source: Have a Nice Day


A California Gas Company had this ad offering free estimates on insulation: "People without insulation in their attic have something missing upstairs."

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~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:


Since 1949, the LEGO company, based in Denmark, has produced more than 200,000,000,000 of the plastic elements that make up the Lego System.

There are 102,981,500 ways to combine six of the 8-studded bricks of one color.

The name LEGO did not come from the cry of an angry mother who couldn't get her kid to put down his toys and come to dinner: "LEGO of those bricks and come to dinner!" It's from the Danish, "LEg GOdt," which means "play well."

From: LEGO Company publicity department

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