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WITandWISDOM(tm) - May 23, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

All the gold in the world cannot buy a dying man one more breath - so what does that make today worth? - Og Mandino, Author

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


Just as most college students do, I fretted over finances. Though my parents and I split my tuition costs, and though I worked during every vacation and at school, and though I was a careful spender, I still wondered how I would meet all of my obligations.

One summer day before the beginning of my senior year I was balancing my checkbook when a tidal wave of anxiety suddenly engulfed me. As a new believer, I needed God's assurance of His faithful provision.

His "sign" came in a most refreshing, if not comical, way. As I finished my checkbook calculations, I noticed the meager balance - and burst out in laughter. $6.33. This figure immediately reminded me of a Bible verse I had just discovered, Matthew 6:33: "Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you."

By Richard S. Greene

Source: Decision, May 1997, Copyright (c) 1997 Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, http://www.graham- assn.org/decision

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

A poll conducted among INFOCUS magazine readers had established "waka" as the proper pronunciation for the angle-bracket characters (<), though some readers held out resolutely for "norkies." In honor of computer symbology's increased role in our vocabulary, INFOCUS published the following poem, written by Fred Bremmer and Steve Kroese of Calvin College & Seminary of Grand Rapids, MI.

To wit, it is -

< > ! * ' '#
^ @ ` $ $ -
! * ' $ _
% * < > # 4
& ) . . /


Waka waka bang splat tick tick hash,
Caret at back-tick dollar dollar dash,
Bang splat tick dollar under-score,
Percent splat waka waka number four,
Ampersand right-paren dot dot slash,
Vertical-bar curly-bracket tilde tilde CRASH.


Ray had just reached his 175th birthday.

Surrounded by reporters, he was asked, "Excuse me, sir, but how did you come to live to be 175?"

Ray answered, "It was easy. I just never argue with anyone."

The reporter shot back, "That's crazy. It had to be something else - diet, meditation, or ‘something.' Just not arguing won't keep you alive for 175 years!"

The old fella stared hard at the reporter for several seconds.

Then he shrugged. "Hmmm. Maybe you're right."

Source: Just for Grins http://www.coolnewsletters.com

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:


Most people have heard the expression about selling something for a song. To those who may never have heard it, it means that a sale was for little money, or far less than the actual value involved.

The terms origin undoubtedly goes back many years and whoever first used it certainly didn't envision the worth of the song "Yesterday."

"Yesterday" was written in 1965 by Paul McCartney, who shared the credits with the late John Lennon, as the two did on all their Beatles songs.

Those who keep track of such things say that "Yesterday" has been played live or broadcast on radio and television more than six million times, making it the most frequently performed pop song in history.

ATV Music, who had the rights to all McCartney-Lennon songs, was sold in 1985 for $47.5 million. According to the arrangement, the McCartney and the Lennon estate still get about a 50 percent share of the royalties - according to one news report. Reportedly McCartney still gets more than $25,000 a year from "Yesterday" royalties alone. All this for a song.

Source: Bits & Pieces, January 4, 1996, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc., http://www.epinc.com

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