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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 13, 2005
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex. - Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891

Source: Quotes of the Day, http://www.quotationspage.com/qotd.html


~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Listen to these examples of inventions and ideas that some people said "couldn't be done" so they resisted the new.

1. The first successful cast-iron plow, invented in the United States in 1797, was rejected by New Jersey farmers under the theory that cast iron poisoned the land and stimulated the growth of weeds.

2. An eloquent authority in the United States declared that the introduction of the railroad would require the building of many insane asylums, since people would be driven mad with terror at the sight of locomotives rushing across the country.

3. In Germany it was proved by "experts" that if trains went at the frightful speed of 15 miles an hour, blood would spurt from the travelers' noses and passengers would suffocate when going through tunnels.

4. Commodore Vanderbilt dismissed Westinghouse and his new air brakes for trains, stating, "I have no time to waste on fools."

5. Those who loaned Robert Fulton money for his steamboat project stipulated that their names be withheld for fear of ridicule were it known they supported anything so "foolhardy."

6. In 1881, when the New York YWCA announced typing lessons for women, vigorous protests were made on the grounds that the female constitution would break down under the strain.

7. Men insisted that iron ships would not float, that they would damage more easily than wooden ships when grounding, that it would be difficult to preserve the iron bottom from rust, and that iron would deflect the compass.

8. Joshua Coppersmith was arrested in Boston for trying to sell stock in the telephone. "All well-informed people know that it is impossible to transmit the human voice over a wire."

9. The editor of the Springfield Republican refused an invitation to ride in an early automobile, claiming that it was incompatible with the dignity of his position.

By James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988), p. 407. http://isbn.nu/0842315691

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


I was having trouble with the idea of turning 30 and was oversensitive to any signs of advancing age. When I found a prominent gray hair in my bangs, I pointed to my forehead. "Have you seen this?" I indignantly asked my husband.

"What?" he asked. "The wrinkles?"

Source: Cybersalt Digest, http://www.cybersalt.org/

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

CINCINNATI (UPI) -- Cincinnati police have secretly installed cameras at a half dozen city intersections to catch drivers who blow through red lights.

The unannounced test of equipment from Arizona-based Redflex Traffic Systems began May 30. The Cincinnati Enquirer says police have photographs of hundreds of motorists running red lights and making illegal turns -- but for now they won't get tickets.

The cameras operated for about 24 hours during the test.

The City Council's Law & Public Safety Committee plans to permanently install cameras at 10 intersections after the full council approves a contract with Redflex.

The red-light cameras could be operating for real within two weeks.

Source: ArcaMax Off the Wall, http://tinyurl.com/9kf44

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