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WITandWISDOM(tm) – November 23, 2007
To do all the talking and not be willing to listen is a form of greed. - Democritus of Abdera
Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://home.comcast.net/~mrs.carol/
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
Jill Briscoe says that one of the gifts her parents gave their children was a commitment to one another that did not consider divorce an option. "Differences they had were kept between them and worked out in the context of the promises they made to each other and to God on their wedding day. There was no option out! As someone has said, when the doors on a marriage are shut and bolted and a fire breaks out, all your time and energy goes to putting out the flames!"
From What My Parents Did Right, ed. By Gloria Gaither, StarSong Publishing, 1991, p. 33, http://isbn.nu/9781562330255
Source: Preaching Now, http://www.preaching.com/newsletter/preachingnow/
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
"On a commuter flight from Portland, Maine, to Boston in 1987, the pilot heard an unusual noise near the rear of the plane. Henry Dempsey turned the controls over to the co-pilot and went back to check it out. As he reached the tail section, the plane hit an air pocket, and Dempsey was tossed against the rear door. He quickly discovered the source of the mysterious noise. The rear door had been improperly latched prior to take-off, and it flew open. Dempsey was instantly sucked out of the tiny jet.
The co-pilot saw the red light that indicated an open door. He radioed the nearest airport requesting permission for an emergency landing. He reported that the pilot had fallen out of the plane and wanted a helicopter to search the area. After the plane landed, the ground crew found Dempsey holding on to the outdoor ladder of the aircraft. Somehow he had caught the ladder and held on for ten minutes as the plane flew 200 mph at an altitude of 4,000 feet, and then, when landing, he kept his head from hitting the runway, which was only 12 inches away. "
Source: Daily Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright (c) ACTS International, 2007, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.php
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
The building-supply warehouse in our town identified accounts by using the first three letters of the customer's last name, the first three letters of his first name and a single digit representing how many accounts he holds. One day when I went in to buy some cement to fix a cracked tile, I joked with the cashier about my husband's account name: BROKEN 2. "That's nothing," the clerk beside us said. "Yesterday a man came in and said his charge was for MURDER 1."
Submitted by Lorraine
Water Vessel Can Travel 5000 Miles On One Tank
Described as 100 feet long and 50 feet wide, the Proteus is so efficient that it can travel 5,000 miles — farther than across the Atlantic — on one load of diesel fuel. Also know as a Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel, the catamaran looks like a giant water spider, riding on metal and fabric pontoons that have hinges and shock absorbers to flex with the motion of the waves, which helps it to skim over the water at a maximum speed of 30 knots (34.5 mph). The water vessel was designed by Ugo Conti, an Italian-born engineer and oceanographer. Conti and his wife Isabella are the co-founders of Marine Advanced Research, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based firm that built the Proteus for about US$1.5 million.
The lightweight, low-cost and modular craft is well suited to scientific and environmental purposes - it will be able to launch and recover automatic vehicles, do remote vehicle operations, it will be tested for standard dive support operations, putting instruments on the bottom, collecting data, etc. Its crew cabin is suspended like a gondola from its four-legged superstructure, though Proteus can be fitted with different types of detachable cabins that can accommodate anything from a honeymooning couple to 12 passengers.
Source: Nybble Bi-Weekly Newsletter, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nybble