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WITandWISDOM(tm) - August 29, 2001
Patience is the weapon that forces deception to reveal itself. - Mike Murdock
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
A lady had recently been baptized. One of her co-workers asked her what it was like to be a Christian. She was caught off guard and didn't know how to answer, but when she looked up she saw a jack-o-lantern on the desk and answered: "It's like being a pumpkin."
The worker asked her to explain that one.
"Well, God picks you from the patch and brings you in and washes off all the dirt on the outside that you got from being around all the other pumpkins. Then he cuts off the top and takes all the yucky stuff out from inside. He removes all those seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then he carves you a new smiling face and puts his light inside of you to shine for all to see.
Source: Monday Fodder dgaufaaa@i ohk.com?subject=Subscribe_Monday_Fodder
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
OFF THE WIRE
News We Just Couldn't Pass Up
A Frenchwoman is keeping in her freezer a chunk of ice that fell out of the sky, hoping to trace its owner and get him to fix the roof of her home.
A Swissvale, Pa., man is paying $300 a month to rent a huge billboard that urges his wife to give up smoking.
Boston police sent letters to 3,800 people wanted on various charges and invited them to make $200 a day as extras in "The Rocky Marciano Story." Fifty-four people showed up and were arrested.
Milwaukee County District Attorney E. Michael McCann was caught in a police crackdown on jaywalkers.
Compiled by Ivan Weiss, The Seattle Times, Saturday, June 14, 1997
Source: Keith's Mostly Clean Humor, (Discontinued) http://groups.yahoo.com/group/McHawList
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Just as Al Smith, Governor of New York State, was about to begin a campaign speech a voice from the back of the hall shouted: "Go ahead, Al. Tell 'em all you know. It won't take long." "If I tell 'em all we both know," Smith replied, "it won't take me any longer."
Source: Peter's Pearls, http://www.peterspearls.com.au
HOW BIG IS THE UNIVERSE?
By Kim Allan Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Part 3 of 3 [Aug 27, 28, 29]
There are many more stars than there are grains of sand on all the beaches of the world,(4) yet each of those far-flung fireballs is so far apart that the universe is mostly empty space. If you randomly chose an area of the cosmos the size of a box 6 trillion miles long on each side, the chances of there being a star within that immense space would only be about 1 per cent.(5) Imagine that two galaxies collide. The space between the stars is so vast that there is virtually no chance that any of the stars would hit each other.(6)
Most stars are immense pyrotechnic furnaces. Terence Dickinson provides a graphic description of our own sun: "In essence, the sun is a giant nuclear furnace. At its core, 655 million tons of hydrogen is fused into 650 million tons of helium every second, at a temperature of 27 million degrees Fahrenheit.... Five million tons of matter are converted into 400 trillion trillion watts of energy in the process" every second.(7) When a solar flare arcs out into space, it releases the energy of 10 million hydrogen bombs.(8) Hot stuff! Our sun is certainly impressive, but there is a star called a red supergiant that is 800 times larger.(9)
(4) Terence Dickinson, The Universe and Beyond (Camden East, Ontario: The Camden House, 1992), 67.
(5) Ibid., 105.
(6) Ibid., 94,95.
(7) Terence Dickinson, The Universe and Beyond (Camden East, Ontario: The Camden House, 1992), 71,75.
(8) Roy A. Gallant, Our Universe (Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 1986), 56.
(9) Ibid., 227.
Source: The Gift, by Kim Allan Johnson, Copyright (c) 2000, Pacific Press Publishing Association, ISBN 0816317682, http://isbn.nu/0816317682/price or http://www.adventistbookcenter.com
Submitted by Al Stober