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					                               A Fascinating Story!

A lady in a faded gingham dress and her husband,dressed in a homespun
threadbare suit, stepped off the train in Boston, and walked timidly without an
appointment into the president of Harvard's outer office. The secretary could tell in
a moment that such backwoods, country hicks had no business at Harvard and
probably didn't even deserve to be in Cambridge.

She frowned. "We want to see the president," the man said softly. "He'll be busy all
day," the secretary snapped. "We'll wait," the lady replied. For hours, the secretary
ignored them, hoping that the couple would finally become discouraged and go
away.

They didn't. And the secretary grew frustrated and finally decided to disturb the
president, even though it was a chore she always regretted to do. "Maybe if they just
see you for a few minutes, they'll leave," she told him.

And he sighed in exasperation and nodded. Someone of his importance obviously
didn't have the time to spend with them, but he detested gingham dresses and
homespun suits cluttering up his outer office. The president, stern-faced with
dignity, strutted toward the couple. The lady told him, "We had a son that attended
Harvard for one year. He loved Harvard. He was happy here. But about a year ago,
he was accidentally killed. And my husband and I would like to erect a memorial to
him, somewhere on campus."

The president wasn't touched, he was shocked. "Madam," he said gruffly. "We can't
put up a statue for every person who attended Harvard and died. If we did, this
place would look like a cemetery". "Oh, no," the lady explained quickly. "We don't
want to erect a statue.

We thought we would like to give a building to Harvard." The president rolled his
eyes. He glanced at the gingham dress and homespun suit, then exclaimed, "A
building! Do you have any earthly idea how much a building costs? We have over
seven and a half million dollars in the physical plant at Harvard." For a moment the
lady was silent. The president was pleased. He could get rid of them now. And the
lady turned to her husband and said quietly, "Is that all it costs to start a University?
Why don't we just start our own?" Her husband nodded. The president's face wilted
in confusion and bewilderment. And Mr. and Mrs. Leland Stanford walked away,
traveling to Palo Alto, California where they established the University that bears
their name, a memorial to a son that Harvard no longer cared about.

"You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do
nothing for them or to them." Malcolm Forbes

Urban Legend

                               A Man and His Dog !

A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery,
when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying, and that
his faithful dog had been dead for many years. He wondered where the road was
leading them. After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of
the road. It looked like fine marble. As he reached the wall, he saw a magnificent
gate in the arch, and the street that led to the gate made from pure gold. He and the
dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.

When he was close enough, he called out, "Excuse me, where are we?"

"This is heaven, sir," the man answered.

"Wow! Would you happen to have some water? We have traveled far," the man said.

"Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up."

The man gestured, and the gate began to open.

"Can my friend," gesturing toward his dog, "come in, too?" the traveler asked.

"I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets."

The man thought a moment, remembering all the years this dog remained loyal to
him and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been
going. After another long walk he came to a plain dirt road, which led through a
farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence. As he
approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a
book.

"Excuse me!" he called to the reader. "Do you have any water? We have traveled
far."

"Yes, sure, there's a faucet over there." The man pointed to a place that couldn't be
seen from outside the gate. "Come on in and help yourself."

"How about my friend here?" the traveler gestured to his dog.

"There should be a bowl by the faucet; he is welcome to share."

They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned faucet
with a bowl beside it. The traveler filled the bowl and took a long drink himself, then
he gave some to the dog. When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward
the man who was standing by the tree waiting for them.

"What do you call this place?" the traveler asked.

"This is heaven," was the answer.

"Well, that's confusing," the traveler said. "The man down the road said that was
heaven, too."

"Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's hell."

"Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?"

"No. We're just happy that they screen out the folks who'd leave their best friends
behind in exchange for material things."
Author Unknown

                               A Man and His Dog !

A man and his dog were walking along a road. The man was enjoying the scenery,
when it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead. He remembered dying, and that
his faithful dog had been dead for many years. He wondered where the road was
leading them. After a while, they came to a high, white stone wall along one side of
the road. It looked like fine marble. As he reached the wall, he saw a magnificent
gate in the arch, and the street that led to the gate made from pure gold. He and the
dog walked toward the gate, and as he got closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.

When he was close enough, he called out, "Excuse me, where are we?"

"This is heaven, sir," the man answered.

"Wow! Would you happen to have some water? We have traveled far," the man said.

"Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have some ice water brought right up."

The man gestured, and the gate began to open.

"Can my friend," gesturing toward his dog, "come in, too?" the traveler asked.

"I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets."

The man thought a moment, remembering all the years this dog remained loyal to
him and then turned back toward the road and continued the way he had been
going. After another long walk he came to a plain dirt road, which led through a
farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. There was no fence. As he
approached the gate, he saw a man inside, leaning against a tree and reading a
book.

"Excuse me!" he called to the reader. "Do you have any water? We have traveled
far."

"Yes, sure, there's a faucet over there." The man pointed to a place that couldn't be
seen from outside the gate. "Come on in and help yourself."

"How about my friend here?" the traveler gestured to his dog.

"There should be a bowl by the faucet; he is welcome to share."

They went through the gate, and sure enough, there was an old-fashioned faucet
with a bowl beside it. The traveler filled the bowl and took a long drink himself, then
he gave some to the dog. When they were full, he and the dog walked back toward
the man who was standing by the tree waiting for them.

"What do you call this place?" the traveler asked.

"This is heaven," was the answer.
"Well, that's confusing," the traveler said. "The man down the road said that was
heaven, too."

"Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly gates? Nope. That's hell."

"Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?"

"No. We're just happy that they screen out the folks who'd leave their best friends
behind in exchange for material things."

Author Unknown

                     According to an old Hindu legend...

..there was once a time when all human beings were gods, but they so abused their
divinity that Brahma, the chief god, decided to take it away from them and hide it
where it could never be found.

Where to hide their divinity was the question. So Brahma called a council of the
gods to help him decide. "Let's bury it deep in the earth," said the gods. But Brahma
answered, "No, that will not do because humans will dig into the earth and find it."
Then the gods said, "Let's sink it in the deepest ocean." But Brahma said, "No, not
there, for they will learn to dive into the ocean and will find it." Then the gods said,
"Let's take it to the top of the highest mountain and hide it there." But once again
Brahma replied, "No, that will not do either, because they will eventually climb
every mountain and once again take up their divinity." Then the gods gave up and
said, "We do not know where to hide it, because it seems that there is no place on
earth or in the sea that human beings will not eventually reach."

Brahma thought for a long time and then said, "Here is what we will do. We will
hide their divinity deep in the center of their own being, for humans will never think
to look for it there."

All the gods agreed that this was the perfect hiding place, and the deed was done.
And since that time humans have been going up and down the earth, digging, diving,
climbing, and exploring--searching for something already within themselves.

Author unknown

                           Appreciate what you have !

One day . . . a wealthy family man took his son on a trip to the country, so he could
have his son see how poor country people live.

They stayed one day and one night in the home of a very humble farmer. At the end
of the trip, and when they were back home, the father asked his son, "What did you
think of the trip?"

The son replied, "Very nice dad."

Then the father asked his son, "Did you notice how poor they were?"
The son replied, "Yes."

The father continued asking, "What did you learn?"

The son responded, "I learned that we have one dog in our house, and they have
four.

Also, we have a fountain in our garden, but they have a stream that has no end.

And we have imported lamps in our garden . . . where they have the stars!

And our garden goes to the edge of our property. But they have the entire horizon
as their back yard!"

At the end of the son's reply the father was speechless.

His son then said, "Thank you dad for showing me how poor we really are."

Isn't it true that all depends on the lens you use to see life?

One can ask himself what would happen if we give thanks for what we have instead
of always asking for more.

Learn to appreciate what you have. Wealth is all in one's point of view.

Author unknown

                                     Believe It Or Not!

A cockroach will live nine days without its head, before it starves to death.

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.>

A snail can sleep for three years.

All Polar bears are left-handed.

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad
served in first-class.

Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6
years of age.

Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.

Butterflies taste with their feet.
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, dogs only have about ten.

Cat's urine glows under a black light.

China has more English speakers than the United States.

Donald Duck comics were banned in Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.

Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.

February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

I am. is the shortest complete sentence in the English language

If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand
seven feet, two inches tall and have a neck twice the length of a normal human's
neck.

If the population of China walked past you in single file, the line would never end
because of the rate of reproduction.

If you keep a goldfish in a dark room, it will eventually turn white.

If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough
sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.

In ancient Egypt, priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their
eyebrows and eyelashes.

In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.

Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory
workers in Malaysia combined.

More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes.

No word in the English language rhymes with month.

Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.

On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.
One of the reasons marijuana is illegal today is because cotton growers in the '30s
lobbied against hemp farmers, they saw it as competition.

Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop
growing.

Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people do.

Shakespeare invented the word "assassination" and "bump."

Starfish haven't got brains.

Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.

The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.

The average human eats eight spiders in their lifetime at night.

The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds.

The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth 2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel
that it burns.

The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt
blood 30 feet.

The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

The name of all the continents end with the same letter that they start with.

The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan."

The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary.
When it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws
requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.

The sentence, "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter in the
English language.

The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar
surrendered after 38 minutes.

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word
you want.
The word racecar and kayak are the same whether they are read left to right or right
to left.

There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one
row of the keyboard.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

You are more likely to be killed by a Champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.

You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.

You share your birthday with at least nine million other people in the world.

Author Unknown

                          Great Moments in Physics!

The following concerns a question in a physics degree exam at the University of
Copenhagen.

"Describe how to determine the height of a skyscraper with a barometer."

One student replied:

"You tie a long piece of string to the neck of the barometer, then lower the
barometer from the roof of the skyscraper to the ground. The length of the string
plus the length of the barometer will equal the height of the building."

This highly original answer so incensed the examiner that the student was failed.
The student appealed on the grounds that his answer was indisputably correct, and
the university appointed an independent arbiter to decide the case. The arbiter
judged that the answer was indeed correct, but did the problem it was decided to
call the student in and allow him six minutes in which to provide a verbal answer
which showed at least a minimal familiarity with the basic principles of physics.

For five minutes the student sat in silence, forehead creased in thought. The arbiter
reminded him that time was running out, to which the student replied that he had
several extremely relevant answers, but couldn't make up his mind which to use.

On being advised to hurry up the student replied as follows:

"Firstly, you could take the barometer up to the roof of the skyscraper, drop it over
the edge, and measure the time it takes to reach the ground. The height of the
building can then be worked out from the formula H = 0.5g x t squared. But bad
luck on the barometer."

"Or if the sun is shining you could measure the height of the barometer, then set it
on end and measure the length of its shadow. Then you measure the length of the
skyscraper's shadow, and thereafter it is a simple matter of proportional arithmetic
to work out the height of the skyscraper."

"But if you wanted to be highly scientific about it, you could tie a short piece of
string to the barometer and swing it like a pendulum, first at ground level and then
on the roof of the skyscraper. The height is worked out by the difference in the
gravitational restoring force T = 2 pi sqroot (l / g)."

"Or if the skyscraper has an outside emergency staircase, it would be easier to walk
up it and mark off the height of the skyscraper in barometer lengths, then add them
up."

"If you merely wanted to be boring and orthodox about it, of course, you could use
the barometer to measure the air pressure on the roof of the skyscraper and on the
ground, and convert the difference in millibars into feet to give the height of the
building."

"But since we are constantly being exhorted to exercise independence of mind and
apply scientific methods, undoubtedly the best way would be to knock on the
janitor's door and say to him 'If you would like a nice new barometer, I will give you
this one if you tell me the height of this skyscraper'."

The student was Niels Bohr, the only person from Denmark to win the Nobel prize
for Physics.

Author Unknown

                              Useless Information!

   1. A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
   2. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will
       digest itself.
   3. The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle.
   4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down
       continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.
   5. A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.
   6. A duck's quack doesn't echo. No one knows why.
   7. A 2 X 4 is really 1-1/2 by 3-1/2.
   8. During the chariot scene in "Ben Hur", a small red car can be seen in the
       distance.
   9. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily!
   10. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear
       pants.
   11. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were
       made of wood.
   12. The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a
       game of chess is 318,979,564,000.
   13. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, purple, and
       silver.
   14. The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan". There was never a
       recorded Wendy before.
   15. The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in World War II killed
       the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
  16. If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad
      and sting itself to death.
  17. Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to s-l-o-w film down so you could
      see his moves.
  18. The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA".
  19. The original name for butterfly was flutterby.
  20. The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated
      that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
  21. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for
      automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was
      Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.
  22. Roses may be red, but violets are indeed violet.
  23. By raising your legs slowly and laying on your back, you cannot sink into
      quicksand.
  24. Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery
      than the celery has in it to begin with.
  25. Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.
  26. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
  27. Sherlock Holmes NEVER said "Elementary, my dear Watson".
  28. An old law in Bellingham, Washington, made it illegal for a woman to take
      more than 3 steps backwards while dancing.
  29. The glue on Israeli postage is certified kosher.
  30. The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most
      often stolen from Public Libraries.
  31. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because
      passing wind in a spacesuit damages them. Not to mention the other
      drawback to passing gas in such a confined space....
  32. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave!! (P-factor exists everywhere!)




Author Unknown

                           Two Ethical Questions!

  1. If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had eight kids
     already, three who were deaf, two who were blind, one mentally
     retarded, and she had syphilis; would you recommend that she
     have an abortion?

  2. It is time to elect the world leader, and your vote counts. Here
     are the facts about the three leading candidates:
         o Candidate A - Associates with crooked politicians, and
             consults with astrologists. He's had two mistresses. He
             also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.
         o Candidate B - He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps
             until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of
             whisky every evening.
         o Candidate C - He is a decorated war hero. He's a
             vegetarian, doesn't smoke, drinks an occasional beer and
             hasn't had any extramarital affairs.
       Which of these candidates would be your choice?

                            Two Ethical Questions!

   1. If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had eight kids already, three
      who were deaf, two who were blind, one mentally retarded, and she had
      syphilis; would you recommend that she have an abortion?

       If you said yes, you just killed Beethoven!
   2. It is time to elect the world leader, and your vote counts. Here are the facts
      about the three leading candidates:
           o Candidate A - Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with
              astrologists. He's had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and
              drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.
           o Candidate B - He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon,
              used opium in college and drinks a quart of whisky every evening.
           o Candidate C - He is a decorated war hero. He's a vegetarian, doesn't
              smoke, drinks an occasional beer and hasn't had any extramarital
              affairs.


       Which of these candidates would be your choice?

          o   Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt
          o   Candidate B is Winston Churchill
          o   Candidate C is Adolph Hitler

                                  The Window

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One of them was
allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from
his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window. The other man had to spend
all his time lying flat on his back.

The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their
homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on
vacation and so on. And on every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window
could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he
could see outside the window.

The man in the other bed began to live for those one-hour periods where his world
would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and colour of the outside
world.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake, the man said. Ducks and swans
played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Lovers walked arm in
arm amid flowers of every colour of the rainbow. Grand old trees graced the
landscape, and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance. As the
man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side
of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by.
Although the other man couldn't hear the band, he could picture it in his mind as
the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words. Unexpectedly, an
alien thought entered his head:

Why should he have all the pleasure of seeing everything while I never get to see
anything?

It didn't seem fair. As the thought fermented, the man felt ashamed at first. But as
the days passed by and he missed seeing more sights, his envy eroded into
resentment and it soon turned him sour. He began to brood and he found himself
unable to sleep. He should be by that window - that thought now controlled his life.

Late one night as he lay staring at the ceiling, the man by the window began to
cough. He was choking on the fluid in his lungs. The other man watched in the dimly
lit room as the struggling man by the window groped for the button to call for help.
Listening from across the room he never moved, never pushed his own button
which would have brought the nurse running. In less than five minutes the coughing
and choking stopped, long with the sound of breathing. Now there was only silence -
deathly silence.

The following morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths. When
she found the lifeless body of the man by the window, she was saddened and called
the hospital attendants to take it away - no hassle, no fuss. As soon as it seemed
appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The
nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure that he was
comfortable, she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look. Finally,
he would have the joy of seeing it all by himself. He strained to slowly turn to look
out the window beside the bed.

It faced a blank wall.

The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who
had described such wonderful things outside this window. The nurse responded
that the man was blind and could not even see the wall. She said, "Perhaps he just
wanted to encourage you."

Epilogue. . . .

You can interpret the story in any way you like. But one moral stands out:
There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.
Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled. If you want
to feel rich, just count all of the things you have that money can't buy.

"Today is a gift, that's why it's called the present."

Author Unknown

				
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