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WITandWISDOM(tm) - November 17, 2005
Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives, and remembering what one receives. - Alexandre Dumas
Source: Inspire, http://www.inspirelist.com/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
One of the most fatal things in the Christian life is discouragement. One of the most helpful is cheerfulness. A very wise man once said that in overcoming temptation, cheerfulness was the first thing, cheerfulness the second, and cheerfulness the third. We must expect to conquer. When our hearts are faint, then temptation has power. Satan knows this well, and he often begins his assaults by discouraging us.
The following allegory very forcibly illustrates this truth—
Satan called together a council of his servants to consult how he might make a good man sin. One evil spirit sprang up and said, “I will make him sin.”
“How will you do it?” asked Satan.
“I will set before him all the pleasures of sin,” was the reply. “I will tell him of its delights and the rich rewards it brings.”
“Ah,” said Satan, “that will not do; he has tried it, and knows better than that.”
“Then another started up and said, “I will make him sin.”
“What will you do?” asked Satan.
“I will tell him of the pains and sorrows of virtue. I will show him that virtue has no delights and brings no rewards.”
“Ah, no!” exclaimed Satan, “that will not do at all; for he has tried it, and knows that wisdom’s ways are pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.”
“Well,” said another imp, starting up, “I will undertake to make him sin.”
“And what will you do?” asked Satan.
“I will discourage his soul!” was the short reply.
“Ah, that will do!” cried Satan. “That will do. We will conquer him now.” And they did.
An old writer says, “All discouragement is from the devil.” We must fly from discouragement as we would from sin.
Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) June 12, 1901, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
Let's see how fast you get up to speed with this
1) The fastest known insect is the Australian Dragonfly. How fast can this dragonfly fly?
a. up to 17 mph b. up to 25 mph c. up to 36 mph
2) The fastest bird in level flight is the Red-Breasted Merganser. How fast is this feathered speed freak?
a. up to 110 mph b. up to 80 mph c. up to 55 mph
3) Birds can dive faster than they can fly in level flight because they get an assist from gravity. The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest diving bird. How fast can this bird dive?
a. up to 121 mph b. up to 168 mph c. up to 217 mph
4) Speaking of flying, the Space Shuttle Columbia hums along pretty good too. How fast has it been recorded on re-entry?
a. 17,000 mph b. 10,300 mph c. 3,500 mph
5) Helios 2 was a deep space probe developed by Germany and NASA, and achieved the highest speed of any man-made object. How fast?
a. 50,000 mph b. 100,000 mph c. 150,000 mph
6) What's the world record for a conventional train?
a. 322 mph b. 245 mph c. 258 mph
7) Andy Green of the UK holds the current land speed record. How fast did Andy go in his turbofan supersonic car?
a. 899.73 mph b. 763.05 c. 1588.29 mph
8) Ken Warby of Australia holds the water speed record. How fast did kooky Ken skim across the water?
a. 354.92 mph b. 317.60 mph c. 281.36 mph
And now for a lighter question...
9) As far as we know, nothing travels faster than light. How far does light travel in one year at the speed of...well, light? About...
a. 6 trillion miles b. 144 billion miles c. 388 million miles
Answers below, here's the scoring:
9 correct: Outstanding
5-8 correct: Very Good
1-4 correct: Fairly Fair
0 correct: Wake Up!
1) c. up to 36 mph
2) b. up to 80 mph
3) c. up to 217 mph
4) a. 17,000 mph
5) c. 150,000 mph
6) a. 322 mph
7) b. 763.05 mph
8) b. 317.60 mph
9) a. 6 trillion miles
Source: Internet Tutor, http://www.gophercentral.com/sub/sub-tutor.html
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
My name, Leone, is a feminine spelling of Leon, which often causes confusion. When my car registration arrived marked "M" for male, I sent it back to the motor-vehicle bureau with this request: "I am an 'F.' Would you please make the correction?"
The bureau promptly sent me another form. It read: "Please give the reason for this change."
Source: Laughter for a Saturday
Submitted by Sharon Hamel
The November 1, 2005 issue of WITandWISDOM™ told about Harriet, a Galapagos Tortoise, who is purported to be 175 Years old. The people on St. Helena say that their Jonathan the Tortoise is 215 years old. http://www.sartma.com/art_2006_7_0_1.html
Submitted by Marty Barry