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WITandWISDOM(tm) - September 1, 2005
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

People count up the faults of those who are keeping them waiting. – French proverb

Source: The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time, Edited by John M. Shanahan, Copyright © 1999, http://isbn.nu/0060194111


An odd-looking bunch of runners gathered for a race. The group included some young men, some middle-aged persons, one quite elderly man, two girls somewhere between 12 and 15, and one skinny little fellow about 6 years old.

The whistle blew, and the contestants started off down the mile-long track at the fairgrounds. Two strong young men immediately pulled far out in front. The rest strung, along behind, stretching to get every bit of energy from their bodies.

At the end of the first quarter-mile, the two young men were so far ahead that it looked as though the race was between just the two of them. When they were halfway, the little boy was only well into the first quarter-mile. But he kept running, and the crowd stopped laughing and watched.

In a few short minutes the leaders were coming into the homestretch, the first one straining to keep his lead. The crowd cheered as the winner crossed the finish line, realizing that he'd set a new record for himself. Again the crowd cheered as the two girls panted up to the finish line. One by one the rest of the group finished the race, and the crowd looked for the old man and little boy.

"There comes the old man!" they shouted. And sure enough, he was chugging down the last stretch as the crowd cheered and clapped.

Where was the little boy? Had he given up and sat down to rest somewhere along the way?

"There he comes!" someone shouted. Way down at the beginning of the homestretch the little legs still pumped steadily along. Soon the spectators were standing, breathlessly watching the approach of the small figure.

As the determined boy came even with the grandstand, thousands of people shouted and clapped their admiration with a deafening roar. Someone grabbed him as he crossed the finish line and hoisted him up high, but the boy looked around, wondering what the fuss was all about. He'd started the race, hadn't he? Whoever heard of starting a race and not finishing it?

Source: Climbing Jacob's Ladder, by Jeanne Larson & Ruth McLin, © Copyright 1979 by Review and Herald Publishing Association

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Names in the News

Arrested in Owensboro. KY, for stealing 50 antique glass eyeballs from a hospital display case: Melissa Jan Wink

Busted on a robbery charge in New York City: Abraham Lincoln

Chad Allen Tolleson, arrested for burglary after climbing into a San Antonio store through a ventilation duct, getting stuck and being found by employees dangling from the ceiling is now referred to as “Hanging Chad.”

In Sweden, a couple tried to name their child Superman, but the tax authority, which oversees rules for names, wouldn’t let them.

Source: The Oregonian, Copyright (c) June 26, 2004, http://www.oregonian.com/

Submitted by Barbara Henry


A minister in Florida lamented that it was difficult to get his message across to his congregation:

"It's so beautiful here in the winter," he said, "that heaven doesn't interest them." Then he added, "And it's so hot here in the summer that Hades doesn't scare them!"

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

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

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