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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 22, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

I have often thought it would be a blessing if each human being were stricken blind and deaf for a few days during his early adult life. Darkness would make him more appreciative of sight; silence would teach him the joys of sound. - Helen Keller

Source: Quote A Day - PQ, http://powerquotes.net


The year was 1949. Sergio, an aging Romanian pastor, was arrested - placed in prison for counter-espionage activities. His crime? Ownership of a typewriter.

After placing Sergio behind bars and locking the door, the jailer said to Sergio: "There is no real God. The government gives me my food. Let's see who does a better job - God or the government. I'll go home and eat huge meals. I'll order the guards to give you nothing. I'll be back in four days. We will see who is the best fed."

Sergio, with a heart faithful to God, prayed for God to reveal to this unbelieving jailer that God cares and provides for His children - that nothing is impossible for God.

He heard a cat crying, "Meow, meow." The cat was carrying a slice of bread in his mouth. He brought the bread up to the jail cell bars. Sergio pulled the bread through the bars and thankfully ate the bread. This drama was repeated every day. Finally after four days the jailer came back. With a sneer, he asked Sergio, "Well, did your God feed you for the last four days?"

Sergio replied, "You won't believe this but a cat brought me food every day."

And just at that moment the cat appeared again with another slice of bread in his mouth and laid it just outside the jail bars in reach of Sergio's hand.

With a bewildered, shocked expression, the jailor exclaimed: "That's my cat - that's my bread!!"

By Mark Finley, in his sermon on February 5, 2000

Submitted by Gaylene Wolkwitz

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:


--George Bush, during his first Presidential campaign
"I want to make sure everybody who has a job wants a job"

--Richard Nixon, while attending Charles De Gaulle's funeral
"This is a great day for France!"

--Dan Quayle addressing the United Negro College Fund
"What a waste it is to lose one's mind--or not to have a mind. How true that is."

--Ronald Reagan, about to go on the air for a radio broadcast, unaware that the microphone was already on
"My fellow Americans, I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes."

--Jerry Coleman, Padres radio announcer
"Winfield goes back to the wall. He hits his head on the wall and it rolls off! It's rolling all the way back to second base! This is a terrible thing for the Padres!"

Source: Oracle Humor, http://www.oraclehumor.com/MailList.html


Dr. Norman Vincent Peale tells of an experience in the pulpit one Sunday morning that he would sooner forget. States Dr. Peal, "I had done an especially poor job -- forgetting the best things I had to say and only relating the poorest things, I was pretty discouraged." "A preacher, who was a top-notch orator in his day, patted me on the back and said, ‘Don't let it bother you, son. Forget it. The congregation will, and you might was well make it unanimous.'"

Source: Bits & Pieces, February 3, 1994, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc., http://www.epinc.com

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

By Josh Rappaport in "The Algebra Times"

You have a set amount of fencing for enclosing a garden. You are pondering whether to make the shape of your garden square or circular.

a) Which kind of garden - square or circular - would maximize the garden's area?

b) If you compare the areas of the two gardens, what is the ratio of the area of the larger garden to the area of the smaller garden.

Express your answer first as a ratio. Then calculate and show by what percent the larger garden's area exceeds the smaller garden's area.

Answers follow these credits.

By Josh Rappaport, josh@AlgebraWizard.com Author of "Algebra Survival Guide," http://www.algebrawizard.com/products/index.html

Sour ce: The Algebra Times, Vol. 4, Issue 9, http://www.algebrawizard.com/news.html Copyright 2001, by Josh Rappaport. All rights reserved.

To subscribe to "The Algebra Times", send email to join-algebra@algebrawizard.com

Submitted by Sherri Rimmer

1) Circle has maximum area

2) Ratio of area is 1.2732:1
(pi x d^2 )/ 4 : (pi ^ 2 x d ^2 )/ 16

3) Percentage of second garden is exceeded is 27.3%

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