Over 11 million people sell their blood annually in the US?
Benjamin Franklin was the first head of the United States Post Office..
Sir Walter Scott wrote the words to the American presi- dential anthem, "Hail to the Chief."
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The hippopotamus has skin an inch-and-a-half thick, so solid that most bullets cannot penetrate it.
Richard Nixon was the first president to visit all 50 states.
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Margaret Gorman was the first Miss America. She was 16.
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An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
Butterflies taste with their feet.
Cats h ave over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.
"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon
In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.
It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
If you stop believing what your professor told you had to be true and if you start thinking for yourself you may come to some conclusions you hadn't expected. You may find the Bible makes more sense than you thought or were told to think. Allow yourself to be ruined, ruined with regard to what you always thought could be true. Can you believe what you don't understand? You and I believe everyday what we don't understand unless it comes to the issue of salvation. - - - Dr. Woodrow Kroll
A man was walking along a California beach and stumbled across an old lamp. He picked it up and rubbed it and out popped a genie.
The genie said "OK, OK. You released me from the lamp, blah blah blah. This is the fourth time this month and I'm getting a little sick of these wishes so you can forget about three. You only get one wish!"
The man sat and thought about it for a while and said, "I've always wanted to go to Hawaii but I'm scared to fly, and I get very seasick. Could you build me a bridge to Hawaii so I can drive over there to visit?"
The genie laughed and said, "That's impossible. Think of the logistics of that! How would the supports ever reach the bottom of the Pacific? Think of how much concrete...how much steel!! No.... think of another wish."
The man said OK and tried to think of a really good wish. Finally, he said, "I've been married and divorced four times. My wives always said that I don't care and that I'm insensitive. So, I wish that I could understand women....know how they feel inside and what they're thinking when they give me the silent treatment....know why they're crying, know what they really want when they say 'nothing'....know how to make them truly happy...."
The genie said, "You want that bridge with two lanes or four?"
Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand? If a word were misspelled in a dictionary, how would we ever know? Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack? Why does "slow down" and "slow up" mean the same thing? Why does fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing? Why do 'tug' boats push their barges? Why do we sing 'Take me out to the ball game', when we are already there? Why are they called 'stands' when they're made for sitting? Why is it called 'after dark', when it is really after light? Doesn't 'expecting the unexpected' make the unexpected expected? Why are wise man and wise guy opposites? Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things? Why is phonics not spelled the way it sounds? If work is so terrific, how come they have to pay you to do it? If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting? If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular? If you're cross-eyed and have dyslexia, can you read all right? Why do we put suits in a garment bag and put garments in a suitcase? How come abbreviated is such a long word? Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle? Why do they call it a TV set when you only get one?
It has been years since I've been to a fair, but I have fond memories of the allurement known as the house of mirrors. In contrast to more sophisticated and elaborate attractions, a house of mirrors works on the simple assumption that to be surrounded by mirrors is a disorienting experience. If you walk through a house of mirrors with companions, you'll find it difficult to tell which images are reflections and which are actual people. To make matters more complicated, the designers exploit the distortive powers of curved glass. One mirror will make you appear short and squat, while another gives a long, lean reflection.
Sadly, the house of mirrors is all too similar to the disorienting experience of real life. We constantly seek self-understanding by measuring ourselves against other people, but this will provide us with as many different and conflicting reflections as a house of mirrors.(1) If I compare myself to one person, I may find that I fall short in many categories, only to realize that I fall short in an equal number of different categories when I compare myself to someone else. Measuring myself against someone I perceive as flawed may make me feel good about myself, but the feeling lasts only until a superior person comes along to turn my self-image upside down.
Women are especially prone to make physical comparisons; I came upon an article online that counseled women not to play the comparison game. Yet the sidebar ad that accompanied the article (hosted by the site of a well-known women's magazine) flashed pictures of beautiful women along with products designed to help the reader look like them. The dissonance would have been ironic if it weren't so common.
The comparison trap extends to areas beyond physical categories. Your sense of your own intelligence, success, happiness, and even godliness has a lot to do with the people you compare yourself to. While it would be nice to smash all of the mirrors so that we wouldn't be always confronted with distorted images of ourselves, this is not an option. We live in a world of mirrors, and we cannot run from them.
Mirrors exist because we can't see ourselves; we need them. But the problem with the comparison game is that it doesn't provide a true reflection of who we really are. God's Word is the only mirror that accurately reflects our true identity.
The apostle James wrote, "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like" (James 1:22-24). It is possible that this man fails to remember what his own face looks like not because he is forgetful, but because he is bombarded with images that are not accurate reflections. When I begin comparing myself to others, I quickly forget my true identity, the identity which God has made plain in his Word.
Though I may tell myself that I should be as attractive as the women I see in magazines or as successful as the people who graduated with me from school, God's Word tells me that, by the grace of God, I am what I am (1 Corinthians 15:10). It tells me I am a new creation, God's work of art, the salt of the earth and the light of the world (2 Cor. 5:17, Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 5:13-14). For me, reading God's Word once or twice a day isn't enough to keep sight of these truths. I have found that I have to memorize it so that it is with me throughout the day as I am assaulted by distorted images in the glass of the world. When I'm tempted to compare myself to others, I cannot do better than call to mind the true reflection that is presented in the mirror of God's Word.
Betsy Childs is associate writer for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.
(1) I'm indebted to John Piper for this metaphor.
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