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WITandWISDOM(tm) - August 24, 2005
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

It takes two to make a quarrel but only one to end it. - Nicaraguan Proverb

Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://users.adelphia.net/~mrs.caro


When we were living in Florida, we asked our new neighbor, a young mother, if she would like us to take the children to church where I taught 20 eager boys and girls. She happily consented.

All 22 children enjoyed hearing stories about the British professor who always taught each new class of boys, "It's better to die than to tell a lie." So each week as we settled in for school I would say, "Better to die . . . ," and the class would respond, ". . . than tell a lie."

Some time later the daddy took the family for a drive, and as they entered a sleepy town he ignored the posted speed limit. The mother called his attention to it, but he argued, "There's no one around; why go that slow?"

Soon he was pulled over by a police officer, who asked, "Didn't you see the speed limit sign?"

Daddy answered, "No, what sign?"

His son spoke up from the backseat, "Daddy, better to die than tell a lie!"

As the daddy flushed with shame the officer clapped him on the shoulder and said, "You've got a great son there. I'll not give you a ticket this time, but you better start paying attention!" Little words fitly spoken had a lasting impact on their whole family.

Kay Hansen, Sautee, Georgia

Source: Adventist Review, ISSN 0161-1119, (c) October 28, 2004, http://www.adventistreview.org/

Submitted by Mary Thayne

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Texas Facts:

El Paso, TX is closer to California (557 mi.) than to Dallas, TX (633 mi.)

World's first rodeo was in Pecos... July 4, 1883.

Brazoria County has more species of birds than any other area in North America.

Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of North America's only remaining flock of whooping cranes.

Jalapeno jelly originated in Lake Jackson in 1978.

The worst natural disaster in U.S. history was in 1900 caused by a hurricane in which over 8000 lives were lost on Galveston Island.

King Ranch is larger than Rhode Island.

Tropical Storm Claudette brought a U.S. rainfall record of 43" in 24 hours in and around Alvin in July 1979.

Texas is the only state to enter the U.S. by TREATY, instead of by annexation. (This allows the Texas flag to fly at the same height as the US flag.)

A Live Oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be 1500 years old.

Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the state.

Texas has had six capital cities: 1. Washington-on-the-Brazos 2. Harrisburg 3. Galveston 4. Velasco 5. West Columbia 6. Austin

The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in the U.S. which is taller than the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. (by 7 feet).

Source: Top Greetings


When the father called home, the six-year-old son answered and said, "Don't talk too loud, Dad, the babysitter is asleep."

Submitted by Betsy

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

A pilot flew his plane for two hours without realizing he was missing half a wing.

His passengers - two flight engineers on their way to repair a Boeing 767 - also failed to spot it had been ripped off, taking a fuel tank with it.

Their Cessna 210's wing was split in two when it hit a tree on take-off from an airstrip near Shannon in Ireland, reports the Mirror.

The pilot later said he heard a bang but thought he had just hit a small bird.

He only realized what had happened when he spotted his back-up fuel tank gauge was on empty as he flew over the Channel on the way to Portugal.

He put out a Mayday call and landed at Jersey airport.

A spokesman there said last night: "We were amazed it managed to fly as long as it had. It was in a real state.

"The pilot was the most shocked as he had not realized the extent of the damage while he was flying."

Source: Ananova http://www.ananova.com

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