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Did you know...

1) Debra Winger was the voice of E.T.
2) Pearls melt in vinegar.
3) It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a
year's supply of footballs.
4) Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are
already married.
5) The 3 most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and
Budweiser, in that order.
6) It's possible to lead a cow upstairs...but not downstairs.
7) Humans are the only primates that don't have pigment in the palms of
their hands.
8) Ten percent of the Russian government's income comes from the sale of vodka.
9) The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog," uses
every letter in the alphabet. (Developed by Western Union to test
10) The only 15-letter word that can be spelled without repeating a
letter is uncopyrightable. Stewardesses is the longest word that is
typed with only the left hand.
11) No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver,
and purple.
12) "I am" is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
13) Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.
14) A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
15) The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of
when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the
ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
16) The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the "American Pie." (Thus the
name of the Don McLean song.)
17) Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from
history. Spades - King David; Clubs - Alexander the Great; Hearts -
Charlemagne; and Diamonds - Julius Caesar.
18) 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
19) Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people
without killing them used to burn their houses down-hence the expression
to "get fired."
20) Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th:
John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.
21) Hershey's Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it's kissing the conveyor belt.
22) An ostrich's eye is bigger that its brain.
23) The longest recorded flight of a chicken is thirteen seconds.
24) The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the
"General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.
25) The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in
26) Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
27) If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have
$1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being
able to make change for a dollar.
28) The only two days of the year in which there are no professional
sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day
after the Major League All-Star Game.
29) Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
30) The mask used by Michael Myers in the original "Halloween" was
actually a Captain Kirk mask painted white.
31) If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating
to the top and sinking to the bottom.
32) Snails can sleep for 3 years without eating.
33) Actor Tommy Lee Jones and vice-president Al Gore were freshman
roommates at Harvard.
34) The fingerprints of koala bears are virtually indistinguishable from
those of humans, so much so that they could be confused at a crime
35) Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a "Friday the 13th."
36) James Doohan, who plays Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott on Star Trek, is missing the entire middle finger of his right hand.
37) The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every
five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in
times of war or other emergencies.
38) There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
39) All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.

I Am Thankful :

For the teenager who is not doing dishes but is watching t.v., Because
that means he is at home and not on the streets.

For the taxes that I pay,
Because it means that I am employed.

For the mess to clean after a party,
Because it means that I have been surrounded by friends.

For the clothes that fit a little too snug, Because it means I have
enough to eat.

For my shadow that watches me work,
Because it means I am out in the sunshine.

For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters
that need fixing,
Because it means I have a home.

For all the complaining I hear about the government, Because it means
that we have freedom of speech.

For the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot, Because
it means I am capable of walking and that I have been Blessed with

For my huge heating bill,
Because it means I am warm.

For the lady behind me in church that sings off key, Because it means
that I can hear.

For the pile of laundry and ironing,
Because it means I have clothes to wear.

For weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day, Because it means
I have been capable of working hard.

For the alarm that goes of in the early morning hours, Because it means
that I am alive.

And finally....... For too much e-mail,
Because it means I have friends who are thinking of me.

Send this to someone you care about.

Author unknown

Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me, either. Just leave me the heck alone!

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and a leaky tire.

It's always darkest before dawn. So if you're going to steal the neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it.

It's a small world. So you gotta use your elbows a lot.

We are born naked, wet, and hungry. Then things get worse.

No one is listening until you make a mistake.

Always remember you're unique, just like everyone else.

Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.

If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments.

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.

If you lend someone $20, and never see that person again; it was probably worth it.

If you haven't much education you must use your brain.

You can't strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

Who gossips to you will gossip of you.

When someone says, "Do you want my opinion?" - it's always a negative one.

The word listen contains the same letters as the the word silent.

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.

Scientists say 1 out of every 4 people is crazy. Check 3 friends. If they are OK, you're it.

Pain and suffering is inevitable, but misery is optional.

I've learned...
You cannot make someone love you.
All you can do is be someone who can be loved.
The rest is up to them.

I've learned...
that no matter how much you care,
some people just don't care back.

I've learned...
that it takes years to build up trust,
and only seconds to destroy it.

I've learned...
that it's not what you have in life
but who you have in your life that counts

I've learned...
that you can get by on charm for about
fifteen minutes...
After that, you better know something.

I've learned...
that you shouldn't compare
yourself to the best others can do.

I've learned...
that you can do something in an instant
that can give you heartache for life.

I've learned...
that it's taking me a long time
to become the person I want to be.

I've learned...
that you should always leave loved ones
with loving words, it may be the
last time you see them.

I've learned...
that you can keep going
long after you thought you couldn't.

I've learned...
that we are responsible for what we do,
no matter how we feel.

I've learned...
that either you control your attitude
or it controls you.

I've learned...
that regardless of how hot and steamy
a relationship is at first, the passion
fades and there had better be something
else to take its place.

I've learned...
that heroes are the people
who do what has to be done
when it needs to be done,
regardless of the consequences.

I've learned...
that money is lousy way of keeping score.

I've learned...
that my best friend and I can do anything
or nothing and have the best time.

I've learned...
that sometimes the people you expect
to kick you when you are down
will be the ones to help you get back up.

I've learned...
that sometimes when I'm angry
I have the right to be angry,
but that does not give me
the right to be cruel.

I've learned...
that true friendship continues to grow,
even over the longest distance.
Same goes for love.

I've learned...
that just because someone doesn't love
you the way you want them to doesn't
mean they don't love you with all they have.

I've learned...
that maturity has more to do with
what types of experiences you've had
and what you've learned from them
and less to do with how many
birthdays you have celebrated.

I've learned...
that you should never tell a child
their dreams are unlikely or outlandish,
Few things are more humiliating, and what
a tragedy it would be if they believed it.

I've learned...
that no matter how good a friend is,
they are going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I've learned...
that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by
others. Sometimes you have to learn
to forgive yourself.

I've learned...
that no matter how bad your heart
is broken
the world doesn't stop for your grief.

I've learned...
that our background and circumstances
may have influenced who we are,
but we are responsible for who we
have become.

I've learned...
that just because two people argue,
it doesn't mean that they don't love each other,
And just because they don't argue,
doesn't mean they do.

I've learned...
that we don't have to change friends,
if we understand that friends change.

I've learned...
that you shouldn't be so eager to find out
a secret. It could change your life forever.

I've learned...
that two people can look at exactly the same
thing, and see something totally different.

I've learned...
that no matter how you try to protect
your children, they will eventually get hurt.
And you will hurt in the process.

I've learned...
that even when you think you have no more
to give, when a friend cries out to you,
you will find the strength to help.

I've learned...
that credentials on the wall
do not make you a decent human being.

I've learned...
that the people you care about most in life
are taken from you too soon.

I've learned...
that it's hard to determine where to draw
the line between being nice and not
hurting people's feelings, when standing up for what you believe in.

I've learned that people who know
absolutely nothing about you,
can change your life in an instant.

I've learned that your family can let you
down, and sometimes...
others can become your family,
teaching you it's "ok" to love again.

Elizabeth Tocarciuc RN

I Remember My Dad.... by ECU on 9.3.00 9:45 AM

I remember my dad saying things to my brothers and me over the years.
Things that really didn't make
a lot of sense..until now.
How many of these do you remember your dad saying?
How may do you catch yourself saying?

Don't ask me, ask your mother.
Were you raised in a barn? Close the door.
You didn't beat me. I let you win.
Big boys don't cry.

Don't worry. It's only blood.
Don't you know any normal boys?
Now you listen to ME, Buster!
I'll play catch after I read the paper.

Coffee will stunt your growth.
A little dirt never hurt anyone just wipe it off.
Get your elbows off the table.
I told you, keep your eye on the ball.

Who said life was supposed to be fair.
Always say please and thank you.
That way, you get more.
If you forget, you'll be grounded till the end of the world.
You call that a haircut?

"Hey" is for horses.
This will hurt me a lot more than it hurts you.
Turn off those lights. Do you think I am made of money?
Don't give me any of your lip, young lady.

You call that noise "music"?
We're not lost.
I'm just not sure where we are.
No, we're not there yet.
Shake it off. It's only pain.

When I was your age, I treated MY father with respect.
As long as you live under my roof, you'll live by my rules.
I'll tell you why. Because I said so. That's why.
Do what I say, not what I do.

So you think you're smart , do you?
What's so funny? Wipe that smile off your face.
Young ladies perspire, they do not sweat.
If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times.

C'mon, you throw like a girl.
You want something to do?
I'll give you something to do.
You should visit more often. Your mother worries.
This is your last warning.

Your mother worries.
I'm not sleeping, I was watching that channel.
What keeps those jeans of yours from falling off?
I'm not just talking to hear my own voice!

I'm trying to see things from your point of view, but I can't get my head that far up my behind!
What do you use your head for - a hat rack?
Pain is temporary, Wounds heal, and Chicks dig scars.
You're going out like THAT?

Life's tough all over more than it is anywhere else.
With a head like that it ought to ache.
Stop running around like a pissed ant on a hot griddle!
Well, when you're a parent, you can do it too.

Are you trying to air condition the house.....close the refrigerator.
Young lady - you'd better straighten up - and don't roll those eyes at me.
If you fall off that wall and break your legs then don't come running to me.
DON'T wipe your hands on your pants!

You need to have your haircut before I get home from work, or I'll cut it for you.
Be a leader not a follower.
Why the malice?
A little pain never hurt anybody.

I knew how to cook when I was your age, young lady!
When I was a kid we were so poor, I ate dirt and was glad to have it.
Don't take yourself so seriously, take what you do seriously!
Laugh at yourself first, you'll take the bite out of others doing it to for you.

You're always a winner if you lose with a smile.
Go tell your mother she wants you.
Any fights, I win!
That's the best way I know to put out an eye!

You could drive a wooden man nuts!
In MY day......
Eat it! It will grow hair on your chest!
Don't forget to check your oil.

Four things come not back: time past, the spoken word, the sped arrow and a missed opportunity.
You can want in one hand and spit in the other and see which one fills up first.
Come here, pull my finger.
If your friend jumped off a bridge would you?

If I didn't love you so much I wouldn't punish you! I would let you do whatever you wanted.
Stop crying or I'll give you a reason to cry.
You have things so easy! When I was your age I had to walk to school in 10 feet of snow up hill both ways!
You're only young once.

You're gonna like it, whether you like it or not!
The early bird gets the worm.
Rise and shine!
Don't take any wooden nickels!

Life is a journey and you've just reached one of many speed bumps to come.
Don't look at me in that tone of voice!
How many times do I have to drill that into your head?
I'm not lost, it's just over the next hill!

If you want to do something, do it because you want to.
Don't do it because someone else did.
As long as you tried your hardest, that's all that matters.
What do you think this is, your birthday?

Don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you see.
What do you think I am, a bank?
What part of NO don't you understand?
I don't care what other people are doing! I'm not everybody elses father!

You're not leaving my house dressed like that! What will other parents think?
Could those sleeves be any longer? You look like a bag lady!
Headache remedy: Put your head through the window and the pain will be gone.
Worrying about things you can't change is like a rocking chair...
it gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere.

Hurt much? I didn't feel a thing.
I feel for you, but I can't reach you from here.
If you're gonna be dumb, you've gotta be tough.
Didn't your teacher learn you anything?!

You can marry a rich guy just as easily as you can a poor guy.
It's hard to be good, and easy to be bad.
If you're going to steal a car, at least make it a Cadillac
(but don't call me asking for bail.)
I got my tongue wrapped around my eye-tooth and couldn't see what I was saying.

Men are like buses. Just wait on the corner and another one will come along.
Don't tell on anybody unless you tell on yourself first.
Hey, did you hear me talking to you?
You know you're always gonna be Daddy's little girl.

I'm not watching television. I'm resting my eyes.
Don't use that tone with me!
Am I talking to a brick wall?
If I catch you doing that one more time, I'll..
If ifs and buts were candy and nuts then we'd all have a merry Christmas.

Act your age.
Two wrongs do not make a right.
Wipe your feet!
Enough is enough!

Don't make me stop the car!
What did I just get finished telling you?

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