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A Thought for Today

We cannot close out the cold, especially if it lies within ourselves.


Friday comes around every week, you can depend on it. Just as you can be sure that every week around here we finally get to the dregs of the e-mail box. To help speed you on your way toward the weekend with a smile or two, here’s some of what was lurking in the far corners of the postbox.


Here’ Hugs & Molly’s latest collection.


Women should not have children after 35. Really... 35 children are enough.

I live in my own little world, but it's ok, they know me here.

Nobody is perfect until you fall in love with them.

Home is where you can say anything you like 'cause nobody listens to you anyway.

If God had intended for man to use the metric system, Jesus would have only had ten disciples!

"I saw a woman wearing a sweatshirt with 'Guess' on it. I said, 'Thyroid problem?'"

Sign In Oriental Pet Store: "Buy one dog, get one flea..."

Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.

I don't have a big ego, I'm way too cool for that.

Dyslexia means never having to say that you're sorry.

If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the 'terminal'?

I see your IQ test results were negative.

Regular naps prevent old age. Especially if you take them while driving.

When I was born, I was so surprised I couldn't talk for a year and a half.

Sex is hereditary. If your parents never had it, chances are you won't either.

The most precious thing we have is life. Yet it has absolutely no trade-in value.

"I was on a date recently, and the guy took me horseback riding. That was kind of fun, until we ran out of quarters."

After all is said and done, usually more is said than done.

I am a nobody, nobody is perfect, therefore I am perfect.

Two peanuts were walking down the street. One was a salted.

Give your kids a hint. Post this sign on their door, “CHECKOUT TIME IS 18."

How come we choose from just two people for president and 50 for Miss America?"

Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the joy.

Isn't having a smoking section in a restaurant like having a peeing section in a swimming pool?

I earn a seven-figure salary. Unfortunately, there's a decimal point involved.

The next time you feel like complaining, remember: Your garbage disposal probably eats better than thirty percent of the people in this world.

Snowmen fall from Heaven - unassembled.


SharonAnn is just back from a trip down South.


A football coach noticed that his star tackle, Bubba, had so many women hanging around that he couldn't possibly handle all of them. So one day he asked Bubba, "Just what the hell is your secret?"

So Bubba replies, "Well, Coach, whenever I'm about to have sex, I always whip it out and bang it on the dresser like a hammer. This numbs it and I can screw 'em forever!"

The coach went home early one day and went to his bedroom. He heard his wife in the shower and started banging it on the dresser.

His wife stuck her head out of the shower and said, "That you Bubba?"


It’s nice now and again to let our minds stray back to reality and away from the superficial that we’re surrounded by daily. I call it being grounded. Here, thanks to Edward Gohn, is a perfect illustration of what I term being grounded.


1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.

2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.

3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest.

4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.

5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for Best
Actor and Actress.

6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series Winners.

How did you do?

The point is, none of us remembers the headliners of yesterday.

These are no second-rate achievers. They're the best in their
fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements
are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.

Now here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:

1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.

2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.

3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.

4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated
and special.

5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.

6. Name a half dozen heroes whose stories have inspired you.

Easier? The lesson?

The people who make a difference in your life aren't the ones
with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards.

They're the ones who care. When you have a chance, pass this on to people who've made a difference in your life. I just did.



Ellen brings us up to date.


A boy and a girl were behind a barn one day. The girl told the boy, "I have to quit eating chicken, because I am growing chicken hair. The boy in disbelief said, "Let me see." So the little girl pulls down her pants and panties and shows the little boy her chicken hair. "You sure do! " the boy says.

Then he says, "I have to quit eating chicken because I am growing chicken hair too." The girl says, "Let me see." The boy then pulls down his pants and underwear and the girl says, "It's too late for you, you already have the neck and the gizzards!"


Kyletta has been grading Test Papers.


These comments come from test papers and essays submitted to science and health teachers by elementary, junior high, high school, and college students and compiled at the NEA Life Sciences Symposium in Kansas City, Kansas.

As the originator noted, "It is truly astonishing what weird science our young scholars can create under the pressures of time and grades." Please note that the original spelling has been left intact.

1. "The body consists of three parts - the branium, the borax, and the abominable cavity. The branium contains the brain, the
borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abominable cavity
contains the bowels, of which there are five - a, e, i, o, & u."

2. "Nitrogen is not found in Ireland because it is not found in a
free state."

3. "H2O is hot water, and CO2 is cold water."

4. "To collect fumes of sulphur, hold a deacon over a flame
in a test tube."

5. "When you smell an odorless gas, it is probably carbon monoxide."

6. "Water is composed of two gins, Oxygin and Hydrogin. Oxygin is pure gin. Hydrogin is gin and water."

7. "Three kinds of blood vessels are arteries, vanes and

8. "Blood flows down one leg and up the other."

9. "Respiration is composed of two acts, first inspiration, and
then expectoration."

10. "The moon is a planet just like the earth, only it is even

11. "Artificial insemination is when the farmer does it to the cow instead of the bull."

12. "Dew is formed on leaves when the sun shines down on them and makes them perspire."

13. "A super saturated solution is one that holds more than it
can hold."

14. "Mushrooms always grow in damp places and so they look like umbrellas."

15. "The pistol of a flower is its only protections against insects."

16. "The skeleton is what is left after the insides have been taken out and the out-sides have been taken off. The purpose of the skeleton is something to hitch meat to."

17. "A permanent set of teeth consists of eight canines, eight cuspids, two molars, and eight cuspidors."

18. "The tides are a fight between the Earth and moon. All water tends towards the moon, because there is no water in the moon, and nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight."

19. "A fossil is an extinct animal. The older it is, the more extinct it is."

20. "Equator: A menagerie lion running around the Earth through Africa."

21. "Germinate: To become a naturalized German."

22. "Liter: A nest of young puppies.

23. "Magnet: Something you find crawling all over a dead cat."

24. "Momentum: What you give a person when they are going away."

25. "Planet: A body of Earth surrounded by sky."

26. "Rhubarb: A kind of celery gone bloodshot."

27. "Vacuum: A large, empty space where the pope lives."

28. "Before giving a blood transfusion, find out if the blood
is affirmative or negative."

29. "To remove dust from the eye, pull the eye down over the

30. "For a nosebleed: Put the nose much lower then the body
until the heart stops."

31. "For dog bite: put the dog away for several days. If he
has not recovered, then kill it."

32. "For head cold: use an agonizer to spray the nose until it
drops in your throat."

33. "To keep milk from turning sour: Keep it in the cow."

See you tomorrow with something for Saturday. Sleep warm.

RM 12/06/2001 Previously unpublished.


Today it belongs to ‘the Marines’ courtesy of Sharonann.

"It’s God’s responsibility to forgive Bin Laden. It’s our responsibility to arrange the meeting!" - United States Marines

notable birthdays Fay Bainter o Johnny Bench o Larry Bird o Ellen Burstyn o Aaron Carter o Willa Cather o Harry Chapin o Rudolf Frimi o Edd Hall o C. Thomas Howell o Ted Knight o Tino Martinez o Mary, Queen of Scots o Gary Morris o Gordon Parks, Jr. o Louis Prima o Tom Waits o Eli Wallach, Jr.
Rod's random thoughts If we kept Christmas every day apologies would be unnecessary.

On deceit: once a philanthropist, twice a fool.

Buy love by giving it away.


I'll walk you
just as far
as Christmas Day
and not one hour further,
leaving you to make your way
through the winter and the springs ahead.

A gift I give you
with no ribbon or bright bow
attached to me
or a Christmas contract.
A present of reality
is made from truth
as much as it is shaped from love.

Go forward; straight ahead.
There are no limits on your life
but those barricades
you'll build yourself.

Though I give you only words
to unravel on this Christmas day
and words may not seem
such a pretty present,
if you let them work for you
one day you'll thank me
with a shinning smile
brighter than the one I'm sending
                         out and over
to your young face now.

- from "The Carols of Christmas," 1969, 1971

© 1969. 1971, 1999, 2001 by Stanyan Music Group & Rod McKuen. All Rights Reserved
Birthday research by Wade Alexander o Poetry from the collection of Jay Hagan o Coordinated by Melinda Smith
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