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WITandWISDOM(tm) - March 19, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"In this world, it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich" - Henry Ward Beecher

Source: Awesome Quotes, www.coolnewsletters.com


Tamatoe (Ta-ma-TOE-eh), king of Huahine, an island about 80 miles west northwest of Tahiti, became a Christian in 1818 as a result of the labors of missionaries from the London Missionary Society. Some of Tamatoe's heathen neighbors on a nearby island hated Christianity and determined to burn Tamatoe to death, along with those who had become Christians with him.

However, the plot was discovered by the Christians, and a band of them hid near the landing site. As their enemies leaped from their canoes in the dark, they were disarmed without receiving any physical harm. Now weaponless, the heathen were sure they were going to be put to a cruel death. We can imagine their surprise when Tamatoe and his fellow Christians treated them kindly because, as they explained, Jesus taught His followers to be kind to their enemies.

But the Christians went further. They prepared a sumptuous feast and invited their former enemies to partake of it with them. At the end of the repast one of the heathen chiefs stood up and said that because of this unexpected kindness, he had decided to become a follower of Christ. Others joined him, and within days every heathen idol on their island was destroyed and the people became Christians.

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

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Part 2 of 3 [Mar 7, 19, 29]

9. What is the significance of the following: The year is 1978, thirty-four minutes past noon on May 6th.

10.What can go up a chimney down, but can't go down a chimney up?

11.If a farmer has 5 haystacks in one field and 4 haystacks in the other field, how many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in the center field?

12.What is it that goes up and goes down but does not move?

13.Paul is 20 years old in 1980, but only 15 years old in 1985. How is this possible?

14.What has four legs but only one foot?

15.How many of each animal did Moses take on the ark?

16. Kindly old Grandfather Lunn is twice as old as his son. Twenty-five years ago their age ratio, strange enough, was three to one. When does Grandfather celebrate his centenary?


9. The time and month/date/year are 12:34, 5/6/78.

10. An umbrella.

11. One. If he combines all of his haystacks, they all become one big stack.

12. The temperature.

13. The years are in B.C., not A.D. as you probably assumed. Based on the system we use to number the years, the years counted down in B.C. (but they weren't counting backwards back then).

14. A bed.

15. None. Moses didn't take animals on the ark. Noah did.

16. This year. He is 100, and his son is 50.

Source: Have a Nice Day


There was once a preacher who wanted to have his church painted. So he told his handyman exactly what color and how much paint to buy. However, when the handyman began to paint the church, he realized that if he added water to the paint, he would have enough left over to paint his house as well. So, that's what he did.

On the Sunday after he finished the church, the congregation held a special outdoor service to dedicate the new paint. Just as the preacher started to bless the paint a terrible
rainstorm broke out. Of course the paint began to run and peel from the church. Furious, the preacher turned to the handyman and said, "What have you done?" "I don't know what you are talking about," was the reply.

Just then there was a break in the clouds and a ray of sunlight streamed down over the handyman. A voice came from the clouds and said, "Repaint! Repaint! and thin no more!"

Submitted by Shirley Lendborg

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

How come we only hear about Third World countries and not First and Second World nations?

Third World nations are in third place because their economic development lags behind that of countries such as the U.S., Britain, and Germany, which are part of the First World (although they are rarely labeled that way). But then who are the mysterious members of World Number Two?

The answer is in the history books. The three groupings date from the Cold War and originally depended on politics even more than economics. In The First World were the Western nations, those countries still economically number one today. The Second World consisted of the Communist countries. In the Third World were those "neutral" nations committed to neither of the two main power "blocs." Many of them are still third economically. Although we don't use "Second World" any more, Russia and China would probably be in it today based on their economies.

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

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