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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 19, 2005
“My mama taught me that anything worth doing in life should be a little scary.” – Terry McMillan, author, who took her first book’s publicity into her own hands by writing thousands of letters asking bookstores to promote it.
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~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Volkswagen Beetle owners in my community seem to be competing for the most creative vanity plates. Here are some tags seen around town on the diminutive cars:
Black - RLY POLY
Green - KIWEE
Orange - LTNGBUG
Yellow - BEEHAPY
- Contributed by Cindy Weaver
License tags on a Saab: BOOHOO
- Contributed by J. George
Plate seen on a minivan: CMOMGO
- Contributed by Marie Schoettle
License on a Humvee: 18ASUV
- Contributed by Nanette Kenyon
Source: Copyright © March 2002, The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved., http://www.readersdigest.com/
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Some years ago an Englishman on a plane to Australia was handed one of these immigration / visitation cards to fill out.
After the standard questions, like name, nationality, passport number, etc., he got to a question that asked, "Have you ever been imprisoned?"
He pondered it for a minute, then wrote down, "I didn't realize this was still a requirement."
Source: Pulpit Supply, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
A Californian man who fled his wrecked home with nothing but a £50 picture has found it's a £300,000 masterpiece.
Albert Trevino, 74, would have been left with nothing as insurers refused to pay up after a landslide wrecked his home in Bluebird Canyon.
He was given 15 minutes to gather his belongings before his house slipped 40ft down a hillside, reports the Mirror.
All Albert could salvage was his passport, some documents and his mother's favourite picture - a painting he bought from a garage sale for £50 more than 25 years ago.
Called Evening Shadows it shows the mission of San Juan Capistrano and was painted in 1923 by Joseph Kleitsch, a key member of the California Impressionism movement
Its identity was only revealed after Albert's artist friend Pam Hagen saw a signature on the work.
Now a gallery has agreed to sell it for Albert and wife Dolores, 69, commission-free.
He said: "When the emergency services came they would not let us back in our homes without supervision. I got the painting because it was in the room it was safest to go into."
Art expert Ray Redfern said: "A Kleitsch sold recently for more than £200,000. This one will go for more."
Source: Ananova http://www.ananova.com