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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 27, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Men do not really live for honors or for pay; their gladness is not the taking and holding, but in doing, the striving, the building, the living. It is a higher joy to teach than to be taught. It is good to get justice, but better to do it; fun to have things but more to make them. The happy man is he who lives the life of love, not for the honors it may bring, but for the life itself. - R. J. Baughan

Source: Quote A Day - TB, http://TechBabe.tripod.com


You probably do not remember the name Nikolai Ivanovich Bukharin nor should you. But during his day he was as powerful a man as there was on earth. As Russian Communist leader he took part in the Bolshevik Revolution 1917, was editor of the Soviet newspaper Pravda (which by the way means truth), and was a full member of the Politburo. His works on economics and political science are still read today.

There is a story told about a journey he took from Moscow to Kiev in 1930 to address a huge assembly on the subject of atheism. Addressing the crowd he aimed his heavy artillery at Christianity hurling insult, argument, and proof against it.

An hour later he was finished. He looked out at what seemed to be the smoldering ashes of men's faith. "Are there any questions?" Bukharin demanded. Deafening silence filled the auditorium but then one man approached the platform and mounted the lectern standing near the communist leader. He surveyed the crowd first to the left then to the right. Finally he shouted the ancient greeting known well in the Russian Orthodox Church:


En masse the crowd arose as one man and the response came crashing like the sound of thunder:


By Brett Blair, www.eSermons.com, April, 2001

Submitted by John L. Hoh, Jr., http://www.geocities.com/brandedhand/

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:


TONGUE: A variety of meat, rarely served because it clearly crosses the line between a cut of beef and a piece of dead cow.

YOGURT: Semi-solid dairy product made from partially evaporated and fermented milk. Yogurt is one of only three foods that taste exactly the same as they sound. The other two are goulash and squid.

RECIPE: A series of step-by-step instructions for preparing ingredients you forgot to buy, in utensils you don't own, to make a dish the dog won't eat.

PORRIDGE: Thick oatmeal rarely found on American tables since children were granted the right to sue their parents. The name is an amalgamation of the words "Putrid," "hORRId," and "sluDGE."

PREHEAT: To turn on the heat in an oven for a period of time before cooking a dish, so that the fingers may be burned not only when the food is removed, but when it is put in.

OVEN: Compact home incinerator used for disposing of bulky pieces of meat and poultry.

MICROWAVE OVEN: Space-age kitchen appliance that uses the principle of radar to locate and immediately destroy any food placed within the cooking compartment.

CALORIE: Basic measure of the amount of rationalization offered by the average individual prior to taking a second helping of a particular food.

Source: Kitty's Daily Mews, Copyright (c) 1997-2001 All rights reserved worldwide, http://www.katscratch.com/


The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic school for lunch.

At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, "Take only one, God is watching."

Moving through the line, to the other end of the table, was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. One of the boys wrote a note, "Take all you want, God is watching the apples."

Submitted by John L. Hoh, Jr., http://www.geocities.com/brandedhand/

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

What planet's orbit is farthest from a perfect circle?

The most eccentric orbit of any planet in the solar system belongs to Pluto, a ball of rock and ice smaller than Earth's Moon. With its even smaller companion, Charon, Pluto traces an elliptical orbit in the outer reaches of the solar system.

When it is closest to the Sun, Pluto is 2.8 billion miles out (4.4 billion km), which is closer than Neptune. But the outer end of its long path is 4.6 billion miles from the Sun (7.5 billion km). For all but twenty years of its 248-year orbit, Pluto is the outermost known planet in the solar system.

Pluto's unusual orbit has an effect on the planet. When it is closest to the Sun some of the ice on its surface evaporates, giving Pluto a thin atmosphere probably composed of nitrogen, carbon monoxide, methane, and other light gases. That atmosphere condenses into snow when the planet is farther from the Sun.

The mysteries of Pluto and Charon:
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/geolsci/edu/students/planet/student/work/pluto.ht m

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

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