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WITandWISDOM(tm) - December 11, 2003
"It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others." - John Andrew Holmes
Source: The Funnies, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andychaps_the-funnies
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Yesterday's quote was, "There is nothing wrong with people possessing riches. The wrong comes when riches possess people." - Billy Graham
R. P. Cly writes:
Most folks find if hard to handle a lot of new money. A friend of mind from Mt Carmel, IL, told me an interesting story about what happened there after WW II.
A scientist had found a way to get the sulfur out of the oil deposits around there and all sorts folks were rich over night. At one time their county had more Cadillacs per capita than any other in the USA.
But this new wealth came at a price. It ruined just about every family who struck it rich. They could not handle it. Two who did handle it had interesting strategies. One gave every bit of it to his church and promptly forgot he ever had it. The other put all of it in trust for his grandchildren with the idea that maybe by then the family would learn to handle it.
Now here in Alabama we have dog tracks and a man won about $6,000 one evening. He was having trouble with that. He got the money late and was afraid he would be robbed on the way home so he took the back roads and proceeded to get lost. It was nearly the next morning when he finally got home. There was a lot of worry in that family that night, not only his but his wife's as well.
By R. P. Cly
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Christmas Fast Facts
During the Christmas buying season. Visa cards alone are used an average of 5,340 times every minute within the U.S.
To solicit cash for a charity Christmas dinner in 1891, a large crab pot was set down on a San Francisco street - the first Salvation Army collection kettle.
In France, Christmas is called Noel. This is derived from the French phrase les bonnes nouvelles, which means literally "the good news," referring to the gospel.
Postmen in Victorian England were popularly called "robins"because their uniforms were red. Christmas cards often showed a robin delivering Christmas mail.
More than three billion Christmas cards are sent annually in the U.S. The average family will send out 28 cards each year.
Puritans forbade the singing of Christmas carols.
According to the National Christmas Tree Association, Americans buy nearly 40 million real Christmas trees each year.
Source: Gleaner, December 2003, ISSN 0746-5874, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Submitted by Nancy Simpson
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
"Nothing," her mom assured her. "Jesus will have everything we need."
"What clothes should I take?" Kelcey persisted.
"You don't need to take any clothes. Jesus will have clothes for you," her mom patiently answered.
Without missing a beat, Kelcey asked, "Will He have my size?"
By Sharon Gimbel, Rosedale Valley, Alberta, Canada
Source: Adventist Review, ISSN 0161-1119, (c) August 2003, http://www.adventistreview.org/
Submitted by Mary Thayne
50 - The percent of American adults with elevated blood-cholesterol levels.
37 - The percent increase in sales of cholesterol-lowering supplements at natural-foods stores over the past year.
50 - The percent of over-the-counter cholesterol-lowering supplements that do not contain the listed ingredients and/or do not effectively deliver those ingredients.
Source: Health, December 2003, http://www.health.com