The Reward That
Keeps On Giving
His name was Fleming and he was a
poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to eke out a living, he
heard a cry from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog.
There, mired to his waist in muck, was a boy, screaming and struggling
to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been
a slow and terrifying death.
The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse
surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced
himself as the father of the boy that Farmer Fleming had saved.
"I want to repay you," said the nobleman. "You saved my son's life."
"No, I can't accept payment for what I did," the farmer replied, waving
off the offer. At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of
the family hovel.
"Is that your son?" the nobleman asked.
"Yes," the farmer replied proudly.
"I'll make you a deal. Let me take him and give him a good education. If
the lad is anything like his father, he'll grow to a man you can be
And that he did. The farmer’s son graduated from St. Mary’s Medical
School in London, and went on to become the noted Sir Alexander Fleming,
the discoverer of Penicillin.
Years afterward, the nobleman's son (the one rescued from the bog) was
stricken with pneumonia and was saved by Penicillin. The nobleman’s
son’s name? Sir Winston Churchill.
You never know what effects
you’ll have on the world tomorrow by your actions today.
- Elisa McNinch
Fall Into October
United Nations Day is
celebrated internationally on October 24th for the purpose of informing
the people of the world as to the aims, goals, and achievements of the
UN. It commemorates the origin of the United Nations Organization on
October 24, 1945 when the UN Charter was ratified by almost all
permanent members of the Security Council.
World Teachers Day is
celebrated every year on October 5th to commemorate teachers’
organizations throughout the world. It celebrates the essential role of
teachers in providing quality education at all levels and focuses
attention on teacher preparedness worldwide. It also commemorates the
anniversary of the 1966 signature of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendation
Concerning the Status of Teachers.
Halloween (a shortening of
All Hallows’ Evening) also known as Hallowe'en or All Hallows' Eve, is a
holiday observed around the world on October 31, the night before All
Saints' Day. The Christian feast of All Hallows' Eve, according to some
scholars, incorporates traditions from pagan harvest festivals and
festivals of the dead, like the Celtic Samhain. Other scholars maintain
that the feast originated independently of Samhain.
nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells. ~Dr. Seuss
He thrusts his fists against
the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts.
Creepy crawler critters crawl
through creepy crawly craters.
Dracula digs dreary, dark
Ghostly ghouls gather
gleefully to golf on ghostly golf courses.
Gobbling gargoyles gobbled
Horribly hoarse hoot owls hoot
howls of horror in Halloween haunted houses.
If big black bats could blow
bubbles, how big of bubbles would big black bats blow?
6 Weird Facts
To have your picture taken by
the very first camera you would have had to sit still for 8 hours!
The technology contained in a
single game boy unit in 2000 exceeds all the computing power that
was used to put the first man on moon in 1969.
The cigarette lighter was
invented before the match.
Surgeons who grew up playing
video games make 37 percent fewer mistakes.
Windmills always turn
anti-clockwise. Except for the windmills in Ireland!
Technically speaking, crystal
glass is actually a liquid that flows very slowly.
Do you realize
if it weren't for Edison we'd be watching TV by candlelight? ~Al
Cold season is coming. Most colds
begin in late August or early September, increasing slowly for a few
weeks, then remaining high until March or April. The increase may be due
to the opening of schools and to cold weather, which prompts people to
spend more time indoors and increase the chances that viruses will
spread from person to person. Also the most common cold-causing viruses
survive better when humidity is low—during the colder months of the
year. Cold weather also may make the nasal passages' lining drier and
more vulnerable to viral infection entering the body.
Hand washing is the simplest and
most effective way to keep from getting rhinovirus colds. Not touching
the nose or eyes is another. Other than breathing in someone else’s
sneeze—hand to face contact is the most common way of transferring the
virus into your body.
Individuals with colds should
always sneeze or cough into a facial tissue, and promptly throw it away.
Also, because rhinoviruses can survive up to three hours outside the
nasal passages on inanimate objects and skin, cleaning surfaces with a
disinfectant might help if someone in the house has a cold.
If you tend to procrastinate, or
drag your feet getting a task done, here's a simple technique that might
help: Start using a timer.
If you avoid tasks like cleaning
the house, set the timer on your stove or phone for 15 minutes, then
make an agreement with yourself to clean like mad for just those 15
minutes. The timer has a way of making the task more bearable because it
has an end time. You can "bear" it for 15 mintutes. It's likely that
you'll keep going after that 15 minutes.
Likewise, if you drag your feet
finishing projects like writing an article, you can set your timer and
promise to go at 100% effort for that time, then reward yourself with a
When you write
down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few
if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time.
Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools.
Transfer Your Design: Use a
pumpkin template or draw your own design on a piece of paper. Affix it
to the pumpkin, and trace the design by poking holes with a sharp awl,
needle tool, or T-pin.
Carve the Features: Remove
the template and carve along the pattern with a miniature saw or
linoleum carving tool. If you want to make holes in the pumpkin for
eyes, use a drill with a 1/2-inch or 3/4-inch spade bit. You can start
with holes, then shape the holes into different designs
Light the Pumpkin: Use
string lights (white Christmas lights) wrapped around a glass jar, and
secure the wires with tape. Cut a hole in the hollowed-out pumpkin for
the cord, and place jar inside. If using a candle, place it in a glass
or votive holder, and cut a hole in the back of the pumpkin for
ventilation (or leave the top off). Prevent exposed areas of the
pumpkin's flesh from turning brown by applying a film of Vaseline.
Success breeds more success, or so
they say. But a study reported in the Journal of Experimental Social
Psychology seems to suggest that watching other people succeed
lowers the motivation to strive for success on your own.
In an experiment, a group of test subjects watched videos of people
completing a series of puzzles. Another group was shown videos where the
puzzles were not solved, and a third group watched no videos at all.
Then the groups were asked to complete similar puzzles themselves.
Subjects who had watched the puzzles get completed actually had the
lowest rate of completion, compared with the other groups. Scientists
call this “vicarious goal satiation,” explaining that watching others
achieve goals can provide a sense of achievement that drains the
motivation to accomplish goals on one’s own.
The lesson (with some skepticism): To prime yourself for success, focus
on what you need to do, and don’t get distracted by others’ efforts,
successful or not.
Much good work
is lost for the lack of a little more.
~Edward H. Harriman
More people are living alone,
according to sociologist Eric Klinenberg's book, "Going Solo: The
Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone." Ray Suarez
and Klinenberg discuss the emerging demographic, so-called "singletons,"
and what he calls the "biggest unnamed social change of the last 50
According to Klinenberg, “Now the
most privileged people on earth use their resources to separate from one
another, to buy privacy and personal space.”
Who’s living alone? Some are young
professionals who are in relationships, but prefer separate living
spaces. Others report that after the death or divorce of a spouse, they
prefer to live alone, often purchasing a home on their own and enjoying
the benefits of not having to defer to someone else about vacation
plans, or other things.
Your Body Is A
What if you could shoot a laser
out of your body? The concept isn’t as crazy as it sounds (although it
may not ever be practical for use in hand-to-hand combat). Two Harvard
physicists have manipulated human cells to produce a concentrated beam
of light like a laser.
The scientists took cells from a human kidney and engineered them to
produce molecules of GFP (green fluorescent protein), which enables
jellyfish to glow naturally. Then they positioned the cells between two
very tiny mirrors, and triggered them with bursts of low-energy blue
light. The little mirrors forced the light produced into a coherent
beam, which is more or less the definition of a laser.
These minuscule lasers could ultimately prove useful in enabling humans
to control electronic implants in their brains, the scientists say, and
may end up be used to destroy cancer cells—from the inside.
We never really grow up. We
only learn how to act in public.
I thought I wanted a career.
Turns out I just wanted paychecks.
You do not need a parachute to
skydive. You do need a parachute to skydive twice.
I used to be indecisive. Now
I’m not so sure.
Do not argue with an idiot. He
will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
How is it one careless match
can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a
If I agreed with you, we’d
both be wrong.
I always take life with a
grain of salt. Then a slice of lemon and a shot of tequila.
Whenever I fill out an
application, on the line that says, “In case of emergency, please
notify_____,” I write doctor.
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guy bet his neighbor $100 dollar his dog could jump higher
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Because a house can't jump.
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The person who makes it, sells it. The person who buys
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