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WITandWISDOM(tm) - June 11, 2003
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"All things being equal, people want to do business with their friends. All things being not quite so equal, people still want to do business with their friends." - Jeffrey Gitomer

Source: Quotes From The Masters, http://mailroom.dailyinbox.com/


In the northeastern United States codfish are a big commercial business. Note the following facts: There is a market for eastern cod all over, especially in sections farthest removed from the northeast coastline. But the public demand posed a problem to the shippers. At first they froze the cod, then shipped them elsewhere, but the freeze took away much of the flavor. So they experimented with shipping them alive, in tanks of seawater, but that proved even worse. Not only was it more expensive, the cod still lost its flavor and, in addition, became soft and mushy. The texture was seriously affected.

Finally, some creative person solved the problem in a most innovative manner. The codfish were placed in the tank of water along with their natural enemy--the catfish. From the time the cod left the East Coast until it arrived at its westernmost destination, those ornery catfish chased the cod all over the tank. And, you guessed it, when the cod arrived at the market, they were as fresh as when they were first caught. There was no loss of flavor nor was the texture affected. If anything, it was better than before.

Each one of us is in a tank of particular and inescapable circumstances. It is painful enough to stay in the tank. But in addition to our situation, there are God-appointed "catfish" to bring sufficient tension that keeps us alive, alert, fresh and growing. It's all part of God's project to shape our character so we will be more like his Son. Understand why the catfish are in your tank. Understand they are part of God's method of producing character in your life and mine.

By Charles Swindoll

Source: My Daily Dose of Inspiration, http://www.quietstones.com/mydailydose

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Steamin' Heap o' Facts

The groundhog has predicted the weather correctly only on-quarter of the time during the past 60 years.

Toto was paid more money to be in "The Wizard of Oz" than Judy Garland.

Circus clowns have a "face registry" to prevent other clowns from plagiarizing their faces.

47 percent of pet owners speak baby talk to their pets.

Two-thirds of kissers turn their heads to the right.

Orangutans warn outsiders to keep out of their territory by burping.

Bing Crosby had more No. 1 hits than Elvis or The Beatles.

More than 60 percent of people prefer that their toilet paper roll over the top.

Source: The Oregonian, Copyright (c) February 26, 2003, http://www.oregonian.com/

Submitted by Barbara Henry


Part of the passenger arrival briefing from the lone flight attendant on a United Express O'Hare-to-Memphis flight:

"Please remove all personal items from the aircraft. Any items left on board can be found at my yard sale next Sunday."

Source: Clean Humor Digest, http://www.jokesnstuff.net/digest

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Comments About Monday's Quiz:


Thanks to Sheryl for the following.

11. Which way does water go down the drain, counter or clockwise?

The answer to this question is an urban myth...


Thanks to Rhul for the following:

2. How many states are there?
The correct answer is 46 not the 50. Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia are commonwealths and not listed as states as are the other 46.

5. What two letters don't appear on the telephone dial?
The correct answer is none of them are missing as I checked my phone and all of them are there. [ The missing letters seem to be becoming a thing of the past. - Richard ]


Thanks to Mark for the following:

10. What is the lowest number on the FM dial?
On the old-time radios, "88" was the lowest *printed* number on the dial. Now that everything is digital, the actual lowest number on the FM band is 87.7 which is also the same frequency as television's channel 6. At least it is in our area. We often "watch TV" while we're driving.

17. Whose face is on a dime?
Which Roosevelt? (Franklin, of course.)

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