Wisdom from people in the news

October 4, 2016 at 1:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Question: If you could live forever, would you and why?

Answer: “I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever,” –Miss Alabama in the 1994 Miss USA contest.

“Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can’t help but cry. I mean I’d love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff.” –Mariah Carey

“Smoking kills. If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life,” — Brooke Shields, during an interview to become spokesperson for federal anti-smoking campaign

“I’ve never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body,”
–Winston Bennett, University of Kentucky basketball forward.

“Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country,” –Mayor Marion Barry, Washington , DC .

“That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass, and I’m just the one to do it,” — A congressional candidate in Texas .

“Half this game is ninety percent mental.” –Philadelphia Phillies manager, Danny Ozark

“It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it..” — Al Gore, Vice President

“I love California . I practically grew up in Phoenix .” — Dan Quayle

“We’ve got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?” –Lee Iacocca

“The word “genius” isn’t applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.” –Joe Theisman, NFL football quarterback & sports analyst.

“We don’t necessarily discriminate. We simply exclude certain types of people.” — Colonel Gerald Wellman, ROTC Instructor.

“Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992, because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances.” –Department of Social Services, Greenville , South Carolina

“Traditionally, most of Australia’s imports come from overseas.” — Keppel Enderbery, Government minister

“If somebody has a bad heart, they can plug this jack in at night as they go to bed, and it will monitor their heart throughout the night. And the next morning, when they wake up dead, there’ll be a record.” –Mark S. Fowler, FCC Chairman

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Painting written off as copy reassessed as £20m Raphael: “The National Trust for Scotland has discovered in one of its stately homes a painting that art historians believe is likely to be a work by the Italian renaissance artist Raphael. The painting, a Madonna composition, had been obscured by discoloured varnish and was attributed to a minor hand. Its potential as a work of one of the giants of art history, as revered as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, was initially spotted by the historian Bendor Grosvenor. The picture has been dated to between 1505 and 1510. By 1899 its valuation as a copy was just £20 – equivalent to about £2,000 in present-day prices. As a Raphael, its value on today’s market would be around £20m. Grosvenor was visiting Haddo House, the National Trust’s 18th-century stately home in Aberdeenshire, to examine some other paintings for a new BBC series when he was struck by a picture tucked away in a corner, high up over a door”

Video shows a ‘doctor’ puncturing a patient’s forehead in medieval bloodletting treatment… for HEADACHES: “A bizarre video has emerged of a man receiving medieval style treatment to drain his head of blood. According to reports, the procedure can be used to treat headaches in traditional Chinese medicine. But while the treatment has existed for hundreds of years, the video, which is believed to have been filmed in China, has shocked viewers on the country’s social media websites. In the footage, the man can be seen smiling and joking with a band wrapped around his neck. Another person, who appears to be the doctor, is then seen touching his forehead before puncturing it with what appears to be a tube or a needle. As soon as the puncture was made, the blood came pouring out of his head into a bucket”

Wise mother teaches empathy: “Video purports to show a mother shaving her daughter’s hair in punishment for bullying a bald cancer patient. The girl, sitting in a bath, screams and covers her eyes as the older woman shaves off large clumps of hair and throws them on the floor. The blonde-haired woman speaks calmly as she runs the electric razor up and down her daughter’s head. The footage went viral on social media with the caption, ‘This girl bullied another girl at her school who has cancer so her mum decided to shave her head’. The mother and daughter are speaking Portuguese, although it is not known in what country the footage was filmed”

Why you should NEVER make a toast: Tatler’s new etiquette guide claims that giving speeches ruins parties: “Very few of us will admit that we actually enjoy making speeches with the task leaving best men across the nation in a sweat. However, according to Tatler, it isn’t just the speech maker that would prefer to avoid the tradition. In the November edition of the society bible the magazine describes the process as a ‘vibe kill’ claiming that ‘boring speeches’ and ‘cheesy toasts’ ought to be avoided at all costs. Tatler says: ‘It is anti-conversation. We are virtually completely virtual anyway… we desperately need to practice normal human interaction.’ The magazine argues further that making a speech can actually ruin any potential romantic relationships with your dinner guests.”

How birds avoid mid-air collisions: Study finds they always veer right: “In a new study, researchers in Australia investigated the ways in which pairs of budgerigars avoid collisions when flying head-on, revealing the birds always veer right to prevent a crash. In the study, the researchers observed 102 flights of 10 male budgies – but not one collision occurred. High-speed footage of the interactions showed that the birds always veer right, allowing them to avoid a crash. And, they occasionally adjusted their altitude as well. The team from the University of Queensland observed the flight paths of numerous pairs of ‘budgies’ released at opposite ends of a tunnel. Each of the 10 male birds was trained to fly along the tunnel, but until the experiment, never encountered another bird in this setting.

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