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WITandWISDOM(tm) - September 16, 2003
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Example is not the main thing in influencing others; It is the only thing. - Albert Schweitzer

Source: Keith's Mostly Clean Humor, (Discontinued) http://groups.yahoo.com/group/McHawList


Many years ago a senior executive of the then Standard Oil company made a wrong decision that cost the company more than $2 million. John D. Rockefeller was then running the firm. On the day the news leaked out most of the executives of the company were finding various ingenious ways of avoiding Mr. Rockefeller, lest his wrath descend on their heads.

There was one exception, however; he was Edward T. Bedford, a partner in the company. Bedford was scheduled to see Rockefeller that day and he kept the appointment, even though he was prepared to listen to a long harangue against the man who made the error in judgment.

When he entered the office the powerful head of the gigantic Standard Oil empire was bent over his desk busily writing with a pencil on a pad of paper. Bedford stood silently, not wishing to interrupt. After a few minutes Rockefeller looked up. "Oh, it's you Bedford," he said calmly. "I suppose you've heard about our loss?" Bedford said that he had. "I've been thinking it over," Rockefeller said, "and before I ask the man in to discuss the matter, I've been making some notes."

Bedford later told the story this way: "Across the top of the page was written, "Points in favor of Mr. _____." There followed a long list of the man's virtues, including a brief description of how he had helped the company make the right decision on three separate occasions that had eared many times the cost of his recent error.

Source: Bits & Pieces, September 15, 1994, Copyright (c) Economic Press, Inc http://www2.ragan.com/html/main.isx?sub=226

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Quips & Quotes

Lenny Bruce:
"When you are eight years old, nothing is any of your business."

Herbert Hoover
"Blessed are the young, For they shall inherit the national debt."

Adlai Stevenson:
"In America, anyone can become president. That's one of the risks you take."

P. J. O'Rourke:
"Politicians are interested in people. Not that this is always a virtue. Fleas are interested in dogs."

Steven Wright:
"I think it's wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly."

Source: Keith's Mostly Clean Humor, (Discontinued) http://groups.yahoo.com/group/McHawList


London underground (metro), train driver announcement:

"Passengers are reminded that the big red slidey things on the side of the train are called the doors. Let's try it again, shall we? Please stand clear of the doors."

Source: Web Evangelism, http://www.web-evangelism.com/

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

How Inkjet Printers Work

Inkjet printers shoot minuscule droplets of ink onto paper to create a seemingly fluid stroke. Take a look inside these popular machines.


Source: How Stuff Works, http://www.howstuffworks.com

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