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WITandWISDOM(tm) - March 4, 2005
Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the only one who asked why. - Bernard Baruch (1870 - 1965)
Source: The Funnies, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/andychaps_the-funnies
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Like all cats. Mittens loved birds, but not for dinner as is usually the case. Wandering about the stables, she came upon a white pigeon crouching in fear and pain behind some wood. Its broken wing trailed on the ground. Creeping quietly up to the wounded bird. Mittens gently stroked him with her paw, mewing softly. She shooed him from the stable through a hole into the barn where there was drinking water.
Leaving him in safety on some hay, she went to the house, returning with her own food. Remembering a sack of corn, she bit through the string by which it was tied, making a large opening. Now it was easy to use her paw to scoop out corn for her sick friend. For weeks Mittens cared for the pigeon until its wing healed.
Now it was time to invite in friends for a celebration. She scooped out a lot of corn on the barn floor, and enticed the whole flock of pigeons through the same hole for a feast. No one on the farm knew the pigeons could get into the barn, but one day the stable boy heard twittering noises. Investigating, he could hardly believe his eyes when he saw the large cat sitting on top of the corn sack deliberately scooping out the grain while the whole flock ate happily. About this time Mittens reared three beautiful kittens, in the barn. As soon as her special pigeon friend saw the little family, he took over. If any danger threatened, he would fly about making alarm calls for Mittens to hear. As the kittens grew, the flock often joined in play. When the kittens got too rough. Mittens would spank them. One very naughty baby had to be punished by putting him on top of one of the corn sacks, where Mittens made him stay for a long time.
After the kittens were gone. Mittens still stayed near her friend, the white pigeon. Often she sat in the tree with the whole flock. When they were feeding on the ground below her, she'd drop playfully down on them. Knowing it was a game of fun, they'd scatter for a moment, then go back to eating with the purring cat in their midst.
Mittens' love for birds is only a foretaste of that happy day when all fear will be gone and nothing shall hurt nor destroy in all God's holy mountain. Will you be there?
Source: Stop, Look and Listen by Eileen E. and Jay H. Lantry, Copyright(c)1976 by Review and Herald Publishing Association, LCCN 75-32229
Submitted by Mary Thayne
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Here are some fun alternatives to liven up your out-of-the-office e-mails.
1. Thank you for your e-mail. Your credit card has been charged $5.99 for the first ten words and $1.99 for each additional word in your message.
2. Thank you for your message, which has been added to a queuing system.
You are currently in 352nd place, and can expect to receive a reply in approximately 19 weeks.
3. Due to a transporter malfunction, I am now in the 24th century, and I don't know when I'll be back. But hey, leave a message. Someone might get to it.
4. In case of a business emergency, I may be reached 24 hours a day at (insert boss's cell phone number here).
5. The e-mail server is unable to deliver this message. Please restart your computer and try sending again.
6. Please reply to this e-mail so I will know that you got this message.
Source: Molly's Quotes of the Day, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Subscribe_Quotes_of_the_Day
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
Our three year-old Granddaughter, Audrey, had just been through an episode of potty training by her Mom, who expressed concerns about her slow progress.
Audrey, somewhat tired of the process, turned to her Mother and asked: "Can't we forget the potty training and just be friends?"
Source: Laughter for a Saturday
YOKOHAMA, Japan (UPI) -- Police in Japan used DNA testing to confirm the pedigreed puppies stolen from a pet shop in 2003 were the dogs found more than a year later.
Mainichi Shimbun reports the DNA tests led to the arrests of two suspects charged in Yokohama with theft and illegally entering a building. One of the suspects told police he originally planned to sell the dogs, but he got attached to them and kept them.
The three dogs, including a miniature dachshund, were valued at 520,000 yen (almost $5,000). They were stolen from a shop in Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture, in September 2003 in an early morning break-in.
Police thought they had found the stolen dogs but it had been so long, the animals looked different. So investigators took the unusual step of comparing the pups' DNA with that of their parents'.
Copyright 2005 by United Press International.
Source: ArcaMax Weird News, http://www.arcamax.com/cgi-bin/reg