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Two married UNC grads were driving through Louisiana.
As they were approaching the town of Natchitoches,
they started arguing about the pronunciation of the
name. They argued back and forth until they stopped
for lunch. As they stood at the counter, one UNC grad
asked the manager, "Before we order, could you please
settle an argument for us? Would you please pronounce
where we are,...very slowly?"

The manager leaned over the counter and said,

"Life isn't fair to men, When we are born, our mother's
get the compliments and the flowers. When we are
married, our brides get the presents and the publicity.
When we die, our widows get the life insurance and
winters in Florida. What do women want to be liberated from?"
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Golf balls are covered with dimples for the same reason that tennis
balls are covered with fuzz -- it helps them fly farther.

When a ball travels rapidly through air, the air is pushed apart by
the ball. The air joins back together behind the ball, but the
joining is full of eddies and turbulence. The turbulent wake reduces
the pressure behind the ball, pulling it back and slowing it down.

The dimples on a golf ball (and the fuzz on a tennis ball) trap a
thin layer of turbulent air all around the ball, even wrapping it
around the trailing half. Because the turbulent layer is very thin,
the air joins together more smoothly behind the ball, creating a
smaller wake. The ball feels less backward drag, and it flies

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One of the reasons for the success of the internet is its open,
peer-to-peer nature. All computers on the internet are equal,
and in the past it hasn't mattered whether your computer is
a 386 in Nguru on the end of a satellite phone or a big monster
in a New York rack. If that ever changes, I think we will lose
part of the essential, vital character of the internet. Doug Winter


Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.

No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or

On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament
building is an American flag.

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

Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand;
lollipop" with your right.

The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.

The Bible does not say there were three wise men; it only says there
were three gifts.

The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel
that it burns.

The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube
and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every
letter of the alphabet.

The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely

The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are
read left to right or right to left (palindromes).

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

There are more chickens than people in the world.

There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous":
tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.

There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels
in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."

There's no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables Vitamins.

Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

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

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.

Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks;
otherwise it will digest itself.


"God's Instrument" : The Story of Squanto

Most of us know the story of the first Thanksgiving--
at least, we know the Pilgrim version. But how many
of us know the Indian viewpoint?

No, I'm not talking about some revisionist, p.c.
version of history. I'm talking about the amazing
story of the way God used an Indian named Squanto as
a special instrument of His providence.

Historical accounts of Squanto's life vary, but
historians believe that around 1608--more than a
decade before the Pilgrims arrived--a group of English
traders sailed to what is today Plymouth, Massachusetts.
When the trusting Wampanoag Indians came out to trade,
the traders took them prisoner, transported them to
Spain, and sold them into slavery.

It was an unimaginable horror--but God had an amazing
plan for one of the captured Indians--a boy named Squanto.

Squanto was bought by a well-meaning Spanish monk,
who treated him well and taught him the Christian
faith. Squanto eventually made his way to England and
worked in the stables of a man named John Slaney.
Slaney sympathized with Squanto's desire to return
home, and he promised to put the Indian on the first
vessel bound for America.

It wasn't until 1618--ten years after Squanto was first
kidnapped--that a ship was found. Finally, after a
decade of exile and heartbreak, Squanto was on his way home.

But when he arrived in Massachusetts, more heartbreak
awaited him. An epidemic had wiped out Squanto's entire village.

We can only imagine what must have gone through
Squanto's mind. Why had God allowed him to return
home, against all odds, only to find his loved ones dead?

A year later, the answer came. A shipload of English
families arrived and settled on the very land once
occupied by Squanto's people. Squanto went to meet
them, greeting the startled Pilgrims in English.

According to the diary of Pilgrim Governor William
Bradford, Squanto "became a special instrument sent
of God for [our] good . . . He showed [us] how to
plant [our] corn, where to take fish and to procure
other commodities." He "was also [our] pilot to
bring [us] to unknown places for [our] profit, and
never left [us] till he died."

When Squanto lay dying of a fever, Bradford wrote
that their Indian friend "desir[ed] the Governor to
pray for him, that he might go to the Englishmen's
God in heaven." Squanto bequeathed his possessions to
the Pilgrims "as remembrances of his love."

Who but God could so miraculously convert a lonely
Indian and then use him to save a struggling
band of Englishmen? It is reminscent of the biblical
story of Joseph, who was also sold into slavery--and
whom God likewise used as a special instrument for good.

Squanto's life story is remarkable, and we ought to
make sure our children learn about it. Sadly, most
books about Squanto omit his Christian faith. But I'm
delighted to say my former associate Eric Metaxas has
just written a children's book called "Squanto and
the Miracle of Thanksgiving. I highly recommend it.

It will teach your kids about the "special instrument
sent of God"--who changed the course of American history.

Charles Colson


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Question on UNC Physical Science test: Tell which is more important,
the sun or the moon and defend your answer in 50 words or less.

UNC Senior: The moon is more important than the sun, because it is
already light in the day making the sun useless.


Pythagorean theorem : 24 Words

The Lord's Prayer : 66 Words

Archimedes' Principle : 67 Words

The 10 Commandments : 179 Words

The Gettysburg Address : 286 Words

The Declaration of Independence : 1,300 Words

The U. S. Government regulations on the sale of cabbage : 26,911 Words


Many voices have been heard in the last few centuries speaking of
Christianity, if not religion in general, as a psychological crutch. The
idea is that time has moved forward such that we have outgrown the
superstition, and along with it, the need to explain life and comfort
ourselves with archaic religious myth. And though by equating religion
with "myth" some mean to suggest that religion is fanciful and untrue, the
comparison between Christianity and the genre of myth is absolutely
fascinating. In fact, it is a comparison C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton
found altogether fitting, altogether revealing.

Lewis recognized the great Greek, Roman, and Nordic myths as being a genre
of narrative that wrestled as fiercely as the human heart can wrestle with
its yearning to know the gods. In this, he reasoned that what we glean
from the myth is not truth but reality, as myths concern themselves with
questions of ultimate reality and theological inquiry. One pictures
Sisyphus rolling the great stone up the hill, only to find it tumbling
down the hill before he reaches the top, and then having to roll it back
up again—endlessly. Through myth we ask profoundly, does life have
meaning? Do the gods hate us? Do they even care? Is life worth living?
As Chesterton comments in Everlasting Man, "In a word, mythology is a
search; it is something that combines a recurrent desire with a recurrent
doubt, mixing a most hungry sincerity in the idea of seeking for a place
with a most dark and deep and mysterious levity about all the places
found." Indeed, myth has concerned itself with the great and impenetrable
questions of life, questions that every worldview must answer.

And yet of the parallels between myth and Christianity, the modern mind
argues that Jesus is just one more attempt at explaining what we merely
wish were true. And that is partially correct. There are elements in
myth that we want to believe: Namely that the gods do reveal themselves
to us, that heavenly mysteries can be known on some real level, that life
is saturated with purpose and meaning. Indeed, such qualities reach the
deepest thirsts and longings of mankind; they are things we want to be
true. But Christianity would take this one step further. It would argue
that these are actually the stories that we knew on some real level had to
be true. In myth, mankind has revealed what is engraved deeply on our

You see, within the great myths life is lived under that which is beyond
us. There is an understanding that there is something to which we must
bow, that we are required to answer to someone. There is awareness that
our stories are lived alongside and touched by stories of the
transcendent, of the ultimate. And we were right. What man has somehow
always known has in fact happened. Or as Lewis remarks, "Myth became
Fact." For the Christian story is exactly that. God did show Himself.
He stepped through the unseen and came to dwell within the seen. The
Eternal reached into time and touched real and datable history. In our
creed it is stated that Jesus, "suffered under Pontius Pilate…" A reminder
that what man has longed for most has really happened: "The Word became
flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of
the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."
(Footnote 1: John 1:14)

Lewis' words provide a fitting conclusion. "For this is the marriage of
heaven and earth: Perfect Myth and Perfect Fact, claiming not only our
love and our obedience, but also our wonder and delight, addressed to the
savage, the child, and the poet in each one of us no less than to the
moralist, the scholar, and the philosopher." (Footnote 2: God in the Dock
(Grand Rapids: Eerdman's, 1970) 67.) May the One who was, and is, and is
to come be to you all things this day and always. Jill Carattini

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a roof overhead and a place to sleep...
you are richer than 75% of this world.

If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare
change in a dish someplace...
you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.

If you woke up this morning with good health...
you are more fortunate than the million who will not
survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle
unfolding all around you, the loneliness of imprisonment,
the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation...
you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you can attend a church meeting without fear of
persecution, harassment, arrest, torture, or death...
you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

If your parents are still alive and still married...
you are very rare, even in the United States.

If you can read this message...
you are more blessed than over two billion people in the
world that cannot read at all.

Remember to count your blessings.


Trust in yourself and you are doomed to disappointment;
trust in money and you may have it taken from you;
but trust in God, and you are never to be confounded in
time or eternity. - D.L. Moody


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He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we
might die to sins and live for righteousness, by His wounds you
have been healed. --1 Peter 2


To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who
gave birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a
weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who
are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who
missed the train.
To realize the value of ONE-SECOND, ask a person who
just avoided an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the
person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.
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Journalism or Advocacy?
The Times Strikes Out on Abortion

May 22, 2006

Dr. Ted Joyce, an economist at Baruch College at the City University of New York, says that parental notification laws have little effect on teenage abortion rates.

Dr. Joyce also says that parental notification laws have a significant effect on teenage abortion rates.

Well, which Dr. Joyce is talking? Or is there something else going on here? Apparently, it all depends on what you read.

The New York Times recently conducted its own study on parental notification laws. The paper reported that it had found "no evidence that the laws had a significant impact on the number of minors who got pregnant, or, once pregnant, the number who had abortions." And then the Times quoted Dr. Ted Joyce as saying, "There are ongoing trends that are pushing both birth rates and abortion rates down significantly, and those larger trends are more important than the effect of these laws." The paper added, "[Joyce] found that they had limited effects on small subgroups of minors but little impact over all."

How strange that just two days later, the Dallas Morning News reported on a new study by—you guessed it—Dr. Ted Joyce, which showed that abortion rates among teenagers in Texas experienced a major drop after the passing of a notification law.

The paper stated that, according to Joyce, "the authors of the study tried to overcome flaws in previous work. . . . For example, the scientists pinned the analysis to a girl's age at [time of] conception, not just at delivery or abortion. Other studies also have not effectively accounted for girls traveling to neighboring states for abortions." Joyce's new study showed that such factors alone cannot account for the drop. The Texas law is clearly causing more teenage girls to carry their babies to term. (As Joyce himself is pro-choice, and was not sure that this was a positive outcome, it would be hard to argue that his bias affected the study.)

We can only assume from all of this that the flawed "previous work" Joyce mentioned would include the New York Times study. Could it be that the Times quoted Joyce out of context—and that the Times's own researchers were not as objective or thorough as Joyce and his team? Given the fact that the Times has very rarely managed to maintain neutrality on abortion, I'd say there's a distinct possibility.

As the Heritage Foundation reports, "This continues the newspaper's trend of poor reporting on abortion statistics over the last decade. For example, during the 2004 election season, the Times reported Glen Harold Stassen's erroneous finding that abortions had increased [under] George W. Bush's presidency. When the Alan Guttmacher Institute later released more comprehensive data showing that abortions had actually declined since President Bush's inauguration, the Times was among the media outlets that failed to report the finding."

This kind of advocacy journalism casts serious doubts about the Times's reputation for veracity. If only the Times were able to show the same objectivity as this pro-choice scientist, we might actually be able to have an honest dialogue in this country about how to help young girls and reduce the number of abortions.

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But these are written so that you may
believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the
Son of God, and that by believing in
Him you will have life. Jn 20:31

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call on Him while He is near. Let the
wicked forsake his way and the evil
man his thoughts. Let him turn to the
Lord, and He will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for He will freely
pardon. "For My thoughts are not
your thoughts, neither are your ways
My ways," declares the Lord. "As the
heavens are higher than the earth, so
are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down
from heaven, and do not return to it
without watering the earth and making
it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed
for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is My word that goes out from My
mouth: It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth
in peace; the mountains and hills will
burst into song before you, and all the
trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the
pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle
will grow. This will be for the Lord's
renown, for an everlasting sign, which
will not be destroyed." Is 55

O Lord, you have searched me and you
know me. You know when I sit and when
I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying
down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know
it completely, O Lord. You hem me in -
behind and before; you have laid your
hand upon me. Such knowledge is too
wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where
can I flee from your presence? If I go up
to the heavens, you are there; if I make
my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide
me and the light become night around
me," even the darkness will not be dark
to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. For you
created my inmost being; you knit me
together in my mother's womb. I praise
you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know
that full well. My frame was not hidden
from you when I was made in the secret
place. When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth, your eyes saw my
unformed body. All the days ordained
for me were written in your book before
one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts,
O God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would
outnumber the grains of sand. When
I awake, I am still with you. Search me,
O God, and know my heart; test me
and know my anxious thoughts. See
if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ps 139

But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up,
that I may show My power in you, and that My
Name may be declared in all the earth. Ex 9:16

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
- - Isaac Watts

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