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WITandWISDOM(tm) - November 5, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"In youth we learn; in age we understand." - Marie von Ebner Eschenbach

Source: Awesome Quotes, http://www.coolnewsletters.com


When Alton Bell was a freshman at Southern Illinois University, he enrolled in a math course that proved to be tougher than he expected. Two days before a major exam on "plane trigonometry," he faced another pressure point. On the same day of the math exam he also had a 2,000-word original essay due for English Composition 101.

Alton had a flash of inspiration. He immediately began to write the English paper on the topic: "Plane Trigonometry Made Plain." In the simplest language possible he explained how astronomers, navigators and surveyors use ratios to compute the relations between the sides of a right triangle. Even Alton could understand it! He got an "A" on the theme and a "B" on the test.

His dilemma in math became his answer for writing. Even better, it was his solution for math, too.

The problem may be your solution.

By Neil Eskelin in Neil Eskelin's Daily Jump Start(tm), Copyright (c) 2001, http://www.neileskelin.com

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Morris needs a lawyer, so he grabs the yellow pages and picks out a law firm -- Schwartz, Schwartz, Schwartz & Schwartz.

He calls up and says, "Is Mr. Schwartz in?"

The man says, "No, he's out playing golf."

Morris says, "All right, then let me speak to Mr. Schwartz."

"He's not with the firm any more, he's retired."

"Then let me talk to Mr. Schwartz."

"He's away in Boston, won't be back for a month."

"Okay, then let me talk to the other Mr. Schwartz."

He says, "Speaking!"

Source: Clean Laffs, http://www.shagmail.com/sub/sub-jokes.html


A teacher was showing a small boy how to zip up his coat. "The secret," she said, "is to get the piece of the zipper to fit in the other side before you try to zip it up."

The young boy looked at the teacher quizzically and asked, "Why does it have to be a secret?"

Source: The Funnies, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andychaps_the- funnies

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Part 1 of 2 [Nov 5, 6]

Thousands of earthquakes, many too small to feel, occur each year across the United States.

Earthquakes occur most often west of the Rocky Mountains, yet there are 39 states that have a medium to high potential for quakes.

Although most people think of California as the "earthquake state," Alaska actually experiences the greatest number of major quakes.

The New Madrid Fault, which lies under America's heartland (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi) is the site of the three largest earthquakes known to have occurred in North America. In 1811 and 1812, the region near New Madrid, Missouri, experienced earthquakes with magnitudes estimated between 7.2 and 8.3 (on the Richter Scale), as well as 203 damaging after shocks.

Source: ArcaMax Trivia, http://www.arcamax.com

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