Friday, December 29, 2006

Day with a Difference - Dec 29, 2006

Day with a Difference wishes all its readers a new year filled with happiness from good deeds, hard work, unconditional love and a better YOU. Happy New Year 2007 ! ... Priya

Today's Inspirational Quote:

The best things in life aren’t things - Art Buchwald

Control of Your Heart Author: Terri McPherson

A wise and understanding heart does not repay a hurt with a hurt. In doing so, the heart is diminished. Fissures form. Love leaks out. Every pain given in return for one received, changes the contents of the heart. It is no longer defined by love, wisdom and understanding. It is redefined by the bearers of hurt and hate, pain and prejudice, meanness and madness, sorrow and sadness. You give away control of your very own heart.

The despair of being hurt is healed by overcoming it, not clinging to the hurt and inflicting more of it on the world. When darkness is added to darkness, no one can see, no one can love. Everyone loses.

Love is not always warm and fuzzy. Sometimes it's the integrity we hold on to when we're tempted to strike back. Sometimes it's the honor that keeps us from exchanging the valuable contents of our heart for the harsh satisfaction of lashing back.

No, the way of love is not always easy, but when night falls, dawn is assured.

The integrity and honor of a wise and understanding heart, rises with the sun of a new day.

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A clean joke to sign off the week with laughter

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal and a bottle of wine they lay down for the night, and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend awake. "Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see." Watson replied, "I see millions and millions of stars." "What does that tell you?" Holmes questioned. Watson pondered for a minute. "Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you?" Holmes was silent for a minute, then spoke. "Watson, you idiot. Someone has stolen our tent."

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Day with a Difference - Dec 27, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

"Present-moment living, getting in touch with your 'now,' is at the heart of effective living. When you think about it, there really is no other moment you can live. Now is all there is, and the future is just another present moment to live when it arrives. One thing is certain, you cannot live it until it does appear."

THE TRAP (Cappucino success story)

There was a village that was attacked by wild boars. Everyday the wild boars would enter the village to rampage the whole village of their food. The villagers tried various means to fight and chase away the wild boars, but without much success.One day a wise man approached the village headman to offer his advice. He told the villagers that they will have to follow all his advice and directions. Out of desperation, the villagers agreed. The wise man told the villagers to gather all the food from every household and put it in the middle of a big empty field. They followed his advice, and immediately they saw hundreds of wild boars approaching the vicinity where the food was placed. The wild boars were apprehensive initially, but after a while they went for the food. Once the wild boars had a taste of the foodthey came back for the free food everyday.

And everyday the villagers would put more food in the field and the wild boars would come to have their free meals. After a while, the wise man asked the villagers to erect four poles at the four-corners of the field. The wild boars were too busy having their food that they did not take notice of what was happening. After a few weeks, the wild boars developed the habit of having free food. The wise man then asked the villagers to put fencing around the field, with a large gate through which the wild boars can enter to have their food. Finally once the fencing and the gate were completedthe villagers closed the gate and all the wild boars were trapped inside the field. The wild boars were finally defeated!

Habits are easily developed but difficult to get rid of. The wild boars were trapped because out of their greed, they developed the habit of having free food, and without having to work for their food. They became so comfortable, that they did not realize they were being trapped. Most of us are like the wild boars because we become too comfortable with our jobs and businesses that we do not realize we are in one way or another being “trapped”. We seek security rather thanfreedom!

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An antigram is an anagram which has a meaning opposite to its unscrambled version. Try these:


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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Day with a Difference - Dec 26, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."


Once upon a time there was a king who wanted to compile the “wisdom of ages”. He commissioned his wise men together and asked them to carry out the urgent task immediately, and condensed it into a book. The wise men
began their research and after one year they returned with a thick book on the “wisdom of ages”. The king was pleased, but requested them to condensed it further. The wise men later came back with one chapter, and yet
the king insisted that it was too long. Finally, they condensed it into a sentence. When the king read it he was very pleased and said, “This is truly the wisdom of ages.” The sentence simply said, “There are no free
lunch” – and there “aren’t”.

How true it is, “there are no f.ree lunch”. If you want success then you will need to invest your time, effort, money, etc. to get it. If you want good employees you will have to pay them more, so that they will stay with you. There is always a price to pay for everything! As the saying goes, “if you pay peanuts, you will get monkeys”. The Law of Compensation states that, “You will receive according to the effort you put in!”

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A clean joke to start your week with laughter

According to a recent article I just read on nutrition, eating right doesn't have to be complicated. Nutritionists say there is a simple way to tell if you're eating right. Colors. Fill your plate with bright colors: Greens, Reds, Yellows.
In fact, I did that this morning. I had an entire bowl of M&M's. It was delicious! I never knew eating right could be so easy.

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Monday, December 18, 2006

Day with a Difference - Dec 19, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.- Pearl S. Buck

Warren Edward Buffett (b. August 30, 1930, Omaha, Nebraska) is an American investor, businessman and philanthropist.

Nicknamed the "Oracle of Omaha" or the "Sage of Omaha", Buffett has amassed an enormous fortune from astute investments, particularly through the company Berkshire Hathaway, of which he is the largest shareholder and CEO. With an estimated current net worth of around US$46 billion, he is ranked by Forbes as the second-richest person in the world, behind only Microsoft chairman Bill Gates.

In June 2006, he made a commitment to give away his fortune to charity, with 85% of it going to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation ([3]). Buffett's donation was the largest act of charitable giving in United States history ([4]).

Despite his immense wealth, Buffett is famous for his unpretentious and frugal lifestyle. His children will not inherit a significant proportion of his wealth. The following two quotations from 1995 and 1988, respectively, highlight Warren Buffett's thoughts on his wealth and why he long planned to reallocate it:

"I personally think that society is responsible for a very significant percentage of what I've earned. If you stick me down in the middle of Bangladesh or Peru or someplace, you find out how much this talent is going to produce in the wrong kind of soil... I work in a market system that happens to reward what I do very well - disproportionately well. Mike Tyson, too. If you can knock a guy out in 10 seconds and earn $10 million for it, this world will pay a lot for that. If you can bat .360, this world will pay a lot for that. If you're a marvelous teacher, this world won't pay a lot for it. If you are a terrific nurse, this world will not pay a lot for it. Now, am I going to try to come up with some comparable worth system that somehow (re)distributes that. No, I don't think you can do that. But I do think that when you're treated enormously well by this market system, where in effect the market system showers the ability to buy goods and services on you because of some peculiar talent - maybe your adenoids are a certain way, so you can sing and everybody will pay you enormous sums to be on television or whatever -I think society has a big claim on that." (Lowe 1997:164-165)

"I don't have a problem with guilt about money. The way I see it is that my money represents an enormous number of claim checks on society. It's like I have these little pieces of paper that I can turn into consumption. If I wanted to, I could hire 10,000 people to do nothing but paint my picture every day for the rest of my life. And the GNP would go up. But the utility of the product would be zilch, and I would be keeping those 10,000 people from doing AIDS research, or teaching, or nursing. I don't do that though. I don't use very many of those claim checks. There's nothing material I want very much. And I'm going to give virtually all of those claim checks to charity when my wife and I die."

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What does each word in each group have in common?

Group A

A baby
A cow
A shoe

Group B

A duck
A restaurant goer

Group C

A river
A cave
A face


Group A- a tongue
Group B- a bill
Group C- a mouth

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Day with a Difference - Dec 18, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

"Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was."


There was once a very famous motivational speaker. He had a driver who followed him to all his speaking engagements. The driver saw and heard the motivational speaker spoke so often that he knew word for word what
the motivational speaker was going to say. He became an expert too. The driver told the motivational speaker that he could speak just as well. One day when the motivational speaker was not feeling well, the driver
asked for a chance to speak in his place. The motivational speaker agreed and the driver went on stage confidently and gave the best motivational speech of his life. The motivational speaker was shocked because the driver spoke and moved exactly like him.

The driver got a standing ovation from the big audience at the end of his speech. After the speech, it was question time. One of the audiences asked a very difficult question. The driver knew that there was no way he could answer the question. He paused for a moment and confidently told the audience that the question was too easy for him so he will ask his driver (the motivational speaker) to answer it instead.

It is easy to be successful if you find a successful person as a mentor to follow. To be successful you have to be a good “copycat” and follow what successful people do. Let them be your role model. Follow what they do, what they believe in, how they move, how they talk, and what they think about most of the time. If they succeed in what they do, you can also have the same degree of success if you role model them. Successful people have developed a pattern of

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A clean joke to start your week with laughter

Q: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for pulse?
A: No.
Q: Did you check for blood pressure?
A: No.
Q: Did you check for breathing?
A: No.
Q: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
A: No.
Q: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
A: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
Q: But could the patient have still been alive nevertheless?
A: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law somewhere.

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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Day with a Difference - Dec 15, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

It requires less character to discover the faults of others than is does to tolerate them. - J. Petit Senn

Pickup in the Rain

One night, at 11:30 PM, an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her - generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxi cab. She seemed to be in a big hurry! She wrote down his address, thanked him and drove away.

Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached. It read: "Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes but my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others."


Offer help to anyone who needs it
Thank others for helping you.
If you help someone. Someone will help you.
If everyone does just these, the whole world will live in happiness.

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A clean joke to sign off your week with laughter

Three engineers and three accountants are traveling by train to a conference. At the station, the three accountants each buy tickets and watch as the three engineers buy only a single ticket. "How are three people going to travel on only one ticket?" asks an accountant. "Watch and you'll see," answers an engineer. They all board the train. The accountants take their respective seats but all three engineers cram into a restroom and close the door behind them. Shortly after the train has departed, the conductor comes around collecting tickets. He knocks on the restroom door and says, "Ticket, please." The door opens just a crack and a single arm emerges with a ticket in hand. The conductor takes it and moves on. The accountants saw this and agreed it was quite a clever idea. So after the conference, the accountants decide to copy the engineers on the return trip and save some money (being clever with money, and all that). When they get to the station, they buy a single ticket for the return trip. To their astonishment, the engineers don't buy a ticket at all. "How are you going to travel without a ticket?" says one perplexed accountant. "Watch and you'll see," answers an engineer. When they board the train the three accountants cram into a restroom and the three engineers cram into another one nearby. The train departs. Shortly afterward, one of the engineers leaves his restroom and walks over to the restroom where the accountants are hiding. He knocks on the door and says, Ticket, please."

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Day with a Difference - Dec 14, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

If evil be said of thee, and if it be true, correct thyself; if it be a lie, laugh at it. - Epictetus

BUS 54 - Funny stories for all ages

A blonde was visiting Washington, DC for the first time. She wanted to see the Capitol building. Unfortunately, she couldn't find it, so she asked a police officer for directions."Excuse me, officer, how do I get to the Capitol building?"The officer replied, "Wait here at this bus stop for the number 54 bus. It'll take you right there." She thanked the officer and he drives off.Three hours later the police officer returned to the same area and, sure enough, the blonde is still waiting at the same bus stop. The officer got out of his car and said, "Excuse me, but to get to the Capitol building, I said to wait here for the number 54 bus. That was three hours ago. Why are you still waiting?" The blonde replied, "Don't worry, officer, it won't be long now. The 45th bus just went by!"

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As you are reading this message, you will notice some spelling errors. Do not be frigtened, however. This is how you must anelyze: First, find al of the missing, repeated, or incorrect lettersSecond, alow yurself to look at these and look at the wword that is represintedFinally, tell me a numbur that most commonnly is associated with the word

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Missing, Repeated, and Incorrect Letters:H-A-L-L-O-W-E-E-NWord: HalloweenNumber: 31 (Halloween is the 31st of October)

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Day with a Difference - Dec 13, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

The more you say, the less people remember. - François Fénelon

Heart Prints

Whatever our hands touch...we leavefingerprints on.On walls, on furniture, on door knobs,dishes and books.As we touch we leave our identity..Oh please where ever I go me leave heart prints.Heart prints of compassion,understanding and love.Heart prints of kindness and genuine concern.May my heart touch a lonely neighbor...or a runaway daughter...or an anxious mother...or perhaps a dear friend!I shall go out leave heart prints...and if some one should say..."I felt your touch!"

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If you balanced a broom horizontally on your finger, so that your finger was exactly on the broom's center of gravity, marked that spot and cut the broom in two, then you would have a long and a short piece. The long piece being most of the handle and the short piece being the bristle end and a small part of the handle. Now what will happen if you weigh both pieces? (pick all that apply)

A) The short piece will weigh more.
B) The long piece will weigh more.
C) Both will weigh the same.
D) Your mom will find out and hit you with both pieces!

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A) The short piece will weigh more! This is due to the torque needed to hold the long piece up. It is the same reason a heavy kid has to sit closer in on a see-saw when he is on it with a lighter friend. Oh yeah, D) may also be correct depending on your mother's temperament.

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Day with a Difference - Dec 12, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

Arguing with a fool proves there are two. - Doris M. Smith


May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your window pane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

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Can you find the eleven hidden colours in the following paragraph: Many injured animals are invited to live at the 'Toronto Range'. Stop in kangaroo corner and marvel at the lovely creatures within. Dig over the potato patch to find small furry caterpillars, but don't yell! Owls can be found swooping for edible rodents, earwigs or perhaps bluebottles in the undergrowth. The brown bear, Rob, lacks grace and may look like an ogre, enter at your own risk! Peacocks can be found showing their colourful wares, which look fantastic when viewed with our ultraviolet torch.

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Many injured animals are invited t(o live) at the 'Toront(o Range)'. Sto(p in k)angaroo corner and marvel at the lovely creatures with(in. Dig o)ver the potato patch to find small furry caterpillars, but don't (yell! Ow)ls can be found swooping fo(r ed)ible rodents, earwigs or perhaps (blue)bottles in the undergrowth. The (brown) bear, Ro(b, lack)s grace and may look like an o(gre, en)ter at your own risk! Peacocks can be found showing their colourful wares, which look fantastic when viewed with our ultra(violet) torch.

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Day with a Difference - Dec 11, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

A good deed is never lost: he who sows courtesy reaps friendship; and he who plants kindness gathers love. Basil

How Do You Think

If you think you are beaten, you are;

If you think you dare not, you don't!
If you'd like to win, but you think you can't, It's almost certain you won't.
If you think you'll lose, you're lost;

For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow's will;
It's all in the state of mind!

If you think you're outclassed, you are;
You've got to think high to rise.
You've got to be sure of yourself
Before you 'll ever win the prize.

Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the person who thinks he can!

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A clean joke to start your week with laughter

Envelopes: Morris had just been hired as the new CEO of a large high tech corporation. The CEO who was stepping down met with him privately and presented him with three envelopes number 1, 2 and 3. "Open these if you run up against a problem you don't think you can solve," the departing CEO said. Things went along pretty smoothly, but six months later, sales took a downturn and Morris was really catching a lot of heat. About at his wit's end, he remembered the envelopes. He went to his drawer and took out the first envelope. The message read, "Blame your predecessor." Morris called a press conference and tactfully laid the blame at the feet of the previous CEO. Satisfied with his comments, the press -- and Wall Street -- responded positively, sales began to pick up and the problem was soon behind him. About a year later, the company was again experiencing a slight dip in sales, combined with serious product problems. Having learned from his previous experience, the CEO quickly opened the second envelope. The message read, "Reorganize." This he did, and the company quickly rebounded. After several consecutive profitable quarters, the company once again fell on difficult times. Morris went to his office, closed the door and opened the third envelope. The message said, "Prepare three envelopes." ...

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Friday, December 08, 2006

Day with a Difference - Dec 08, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness. George Santayana

My "Operator's Manual"

1. WHEN THINGS GO BAD, always remember: It could be worse.
2. NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP. Keep working on your speech and your life.
3. NEVER LOSE YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR. Laugh at yourself, laugh with others.
4. STEM DEPRESSION by thinking of, reaching out to and helping others.
5. DO UNTO OTHERS as you would have them do unto you.
6. PRAY, not for God to cure you but to help you help yourself.

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Funny answering messages to sign off your week with laughter

Thanks for calling Dial-An-Idiot. Right now, all our idiots are busy. After the tone, leave your name and number, and we'll have an idiot return your call as soon as possible.

This is the Literacy Self Test Hotline. After the tone, leave your name and number and recite a sentence using today's vocabulary word. Today's word is supercilious

"Hello, is this the person to whom I am speaking?"

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Day with a Difference - Dec 07, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business--or almost anywhere else for that matter. - Lee Iacocca

Financial Freedom and Freedom of Time --- Copyright © 2006 Azman Taher -

When I was still going to school I had a simple dream. I just wanted my own space. You see, I am the eldest in a family of six siblings. We grew up in a two-bedroom flat. We actually lived in this flat for more than 20 years.

Imagine this: My parents and my brother, the youngest in the family who was still a baby at the time, in one room and the rest of us in the other room. So, naturally I needed some space of my own. I couldn't complain because that was all my father could afford. So, I kept thinking … where in this world I could get my own space, go to a good school and have the chance to continue my studies overseas?

I really wanted to go to a university in England but I thought that a chance to go to a university in the United States was equally fantastic. Remember that this was in the 1970's. The formula, "study hard, get good grades, go to a good school, get a college degree, get a good job and you are all set to conquer the world" very much applied back then. But more importantly, at the tender age of 13, I had a dream and was ready to put tangible actions in place.

Sure I did well in school, got a place in a boarding school where I actually got my own space. I did well in high school and earned a place to pursue my degree and masters in the United States. But it all started with a simple dream. With the right choices and the right actions, dreams do come true.

I will continue to hope and pray for a lot of things in life because I am a firm believer in the powers of prayers and I am also a firm believer that every single thing that takes place has its reasons. God never works in coincidences. Since we can't explain certain incidences logically and scientifically, the term "coincidence" seems to be the most appropriate response and the best excuse to get ourselves out of the cobweb of helplessness. It is just that our knowledge and ability to understand is confined to our own interpretations.

Things never happen for the fun of it nor do things happen for the sake of it. The intricate network of the if-then-else equation and the possibilities of events are so huge that it is mind-boggling. We are mere pawns of our own decisions and destiny.

Yes, the future is still wide open although I do not expect miracles. We just have to learn to knock on the right door. With sheer perseverance and steadfast courage, the right door will open and there we are "standing in the eyes of the world".

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Find five geographical terms by adding one of the given letters to each word and rearranging the letters. Each letter will be used only once.


1. Steep + ? =
2. Raven + ? =
3. Store + ? =
4. Along + ? =
5. Serge + ? =

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1. Steppe
2. Ravine
3. Forest
4. Lagoon
5. Geyser

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Monday, December 04, 2006

Day with a Difference - Dec 04, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them. - Henry David Thoreau

It's your life

Life is like a song,
So sing it loud and clear
As we move along
What's important, we keep near

Each turn we take is another chance
And opens up another door
It's up to us if we get up and dance
Or choose to sit on the floor

You see, life is what we make it
Nothing more and nothing less
Trust is strong but once you break it
Everything becomes a mess

There will be times when pain is all we feel
The clouds are all we can see
It will seem to be too much for us to deal
But in the end, God will set us free

Open up your mind
And just live for today
Each of us, our paths will wind
As we search and find our way

You'll remember the sun that always came out
After the passing of the rain
It wouldn't allow you to doubt
That the joy was worth the pain

--- Copyright © 2006 Molly Mae Miller

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If you're good at solving puzzles, these will be easy. Every answer is a two-word phrase in which the first word begins with "BE" and the second with "ST".

1.)What separates Alaska from Russia.
BE _ _ _ _ ST_ _ _ _

2) A fairy tale is a popular one.
BE_ _ _ _ _ ST_ _ _


1. Bering Strait
2. Bedtime Story

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Friday, December 01, 2006

Day with a Difference - Dec 01, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. Thomas Jefferson

The Most Destructive Illusion about Success (--- Copyright © Michael R. Norwood, D.C., C.C.N. )

Have you ever put your heart and soul into a project, just to see your very first attempts to make it succeed miserably fail? If you have, you are no different than most other successful people.
Despite that we all are attracted to the "overnight success stories" we see on television and in the news, for most people, these stories can ultimately be more disillusioning than inspiring. Rather than fortifying us for the long and bumpy but ultimately joyous and successful journey ahead whenever you launch a new endeavor, having the image that it's all going to happen overnight for you very likely will be your undoing.

Despite that illusion, are you continuing to take one small but enthusiastic step ahead at a time?And by doing that, have you also discovered that not only are you gradually changing your own life, you are changing others lives, as well?Don't let your dreams be destroyed by shallow illusions.The greatest of lives are made all in the same way:One challenge . . . one hurdle . . . one step . . . and one small victory at a time.

Dr. Michael Norwood is the best-selling author of "The 9 Insights of the Wealthy Soul," which has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and The Atlanta Journal & Constitution. Interviews of him have been broadcast on more than 300 radio and television stations worldwide.
You can read his book 21 days for free now

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Take seven matchsticks and arrange them on a table to make two adjacent squares of the same size. The matchsticks should look like the number 8.Now, moving only two matchsticks, can you make....200?

You cannot:

Stack the matchsticks.
Bend or break the matchsticks.
Remove the matchsticks. Scroll down for the answer ......


Assuming that the matchsticks are upright (forming an 8), take the upper-right match and place it horizontally above the 8. Next, take the match on the lower-left of what now looks like a 6, and place it vertically just above the match you last put down. What you should have is 1/5, or .200 . Ellipses only consist of three points, not four. In other words, I asked you for .200, not 200.

(Ellipses - series of dots (...) following a command, indicating that more choices are available through a dialog box.)

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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Day with a Difference - Nov 30, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life. - Joan Lunden

Ad In The Paper

The local newspaper funeral notice telephone operator received a phone call. A woman on the other end asked, "How much do funeral notices cost?"

"$5.00 per word, Ma'am," came the response.

"Good, do you have a paper and pencil handy?"

"Yes, Ma'am."

"OK, write this: 'Fred dead.'"

"I'm sorry, Ma'am; I forgot to tell you there's a five-word minimum."

"Hmmph," came the reply, "You certainly did forget to tell me that." A moment of silence. "Got your pencil and paper?"

"Yes, Ma'am."

"OK, print this: 'Fred dead, Cadillac for sale.' "

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Every clue below can be answered with a two word phrase in which each word contains OR. Your job is to figure out what they are. Good luck.

1. Listing in the Guiness Book
2. Piece of fiction not as long as a novel Scroll down for the answer ...


1. World Record

2. Short Story

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Day with a Difference - Nov 29, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

"Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast, you also miss the sense of where you are going and why."


There was a man who worked for the railroad. One day as he went into the freezer compartment to do his routine work, the door accidentally closed and he found himself trapped in the compartment. He shouted for help but no one heard him since it was past midnight. He tried to break down the door but he could not. As he lay in the freezer compartment, he began to feel colder, and colder. Then he began to feel weaker, and weaker, andhe wrote on the wall of the compartment, “I am feeling colder, and colder; and I am getting weaker, and weaker. I am dying, and this may be my last words”. In the morning when the other workers opened up the compartment they found him dead. The sad twist to the above story is that the freezing apparatus in the compartment had broke down a few days earlier. The poor worker did not know about the damaged freezing apparatus and in his mind the freezing apparatus was working perfectly. He felt cold, got weaker and literally willed himself to die.

Our sub-conscious mind can be cheated. The sub-conscious mind can only accept and act on information passed to it by the conscious mind. It has no capacity to reject or decline any instructions or information passed to it by the conscious mind. In the case of the poor worker, he consciously thought that he was getting colder, weaker and dying and the sub-conscious mind accepted the above instructions and affected his physical body. That was how he willed himself to die.

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Liz, Blondulla, and Fred were talking to each other. Blondulla and Liz have been friends for many years, but they just met Fred a week ago and were trying to get to know him. They started talking about computers, and after Fred had repeated the word, "Chip" a few times while talking about computer chips Blondulla told him to stop saying it, as it tastes bad. Fred thought she was full of it, but Liz knew she was telling the truth. How could Blondulla taste the word? Scroll down for the answer ...

AnswerBlondulla has a very rare ability called Synaesthesia. It is where people are "Wired" a different way, and two senses come together. In her case, she tastes what she hears. There have also been cases where people feel what they hear, people hear what they smell, etc. In fact, the majority people who have this case are usually unaware that they even have it. Some of you may be shocked to learn as you read the answer that you have this condition.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Day with a Difference - Nov 28, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in virtuous activities. Aristotle

Count Your Blessings

I've never made a fortune,
and it's probably too late now.
But I don't worry about that much,
I'm happy anyhow.

And as I go along life's way,
I'm reaping better than I sowed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

I remember times when things went wrong,
My faith wore somewhat thin.
But all at once the dark clouds broke,
and the sun peeped through again.

And may I never be too busy,
to help others bear their loads.
When I think of how many peoplein this world
have it worse than I do.
I realize just how blessed most of us really are.

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Bob was having a big party. He decided on a technique to get lots of people to come. He invited his five closest friends and said that they could each invite 4 people.Each of those could invite 3.Each of those could invite 2.Each of those could invite 1.Overall, how many people did Bob invite to his party? Scroll down for the answer ...


Just 5.

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Monday, November 27, 2006

Day with a Difference - Nov 27, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

One who understands much displays a greater simplicity of character than one who understands little. - Alexander Chase

The Shipwreck

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements and to store his few possessions. But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky.

The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stunned with grief and anger. "God, how could you do this to me!" he cried. Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him. "How did you know I was here?" asked the weary man of his rescuers. "We saw your smoke signal," they replied.It is easy to get discouraged when things are going badly. But we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and suffering. Remember, next time your little hut is burning to the ground--it just may be a smoke signal that summons The Grace of God.

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A clean joke to start your week with laughter

Three sons left home, went out on their own and prospered. Getting together for Christmas, they discussed the gifts they were able to give their elderly mother.The first said, "I built a big house for our mother." The second said, "I sent her a Mercedes."The third smiled and said, "I've got you both beat. You remember how mom enjoyed reading the Bible? And you know she can't see very well. So I sent her a remarkable parrot that recites the entire Bible. It took elders in the church 12 years to teach him. He's one of a kind. Mom just has to name the chapter and verse, and the parrot recites it." Soon thereafter, Mom sent out her letters of thanks:"Dear Milton," she wrote one son, "The house you built is too huge. I live in only one room, but I have to keep the whole house clean!" "Dear Gerald," she wrote to another, "I am too old to travel. I stay at home most of the time, so I rarely use the Mercedes." "Dearest Donald," she wrote to her third son, "You have the good sense to know what your Mother likes. The chicken was Dee-licious!"

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Monday, November 20, 2006

Day with a Difference - Nov 20, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

The future depends on what we do in the present. - Mahatma Gandhi

Lessons from an Oyster

There once was an oyster Whose story I tell,
Who found that some sand Had got into his shell.
It was only a grain, but it gave him great pain.
For oysters have feelings Although they're so plain.

Now, did he berate the harsh workings of fate
That had brought him To such a deplorable state?

Did he curse at the government, Cry for election,
And claim that the sea should Have given him protection?

'No,' he said to himself As he lay on a shell,
Since I cannot remove it, I shall try to improve it.

Now the years have rolled around, As the years always do,
And he came to his ultimate Destiny ­ stew.

And the small grain of sand That had bothered him so
Was a beautiful pearl All richly aglow.

Now the tale has a moral, for isn't it grand
What an oyster can do With a morsel of sand?

What couldn't we do If we'd only begin
With some of the things That get under our skin.

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You are enjoying your breakfast after having put some salt on your scrambled eggs when your nerdy brother presents you with an ice cube floating in a glass of water and a short length of string. He challenges you to remove the ice cube from the glass using the string without tying any knots. What strategy do you use to remove the ice cube from the water glass? Scroll down for the answer ...


Take the string and soak it in the water. Let the string rest across the ice cube. Reach across the table and get the salt that you used on your eggs; pour the salt over the string and the ice cube. The salt causes the ice to melt. However, when you stop pouring the salt, the water that formed on the top of the cube will refreeze with the string embedded in it. Now you can lift it.

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Day with a Difference - Nov 16, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

"So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable."


There was a wealthy man who wanted to choose a husband for his only daughter. One day he invited the eligible young men from the whole town. During the occasion, when everyone was present he made an announcement, "Today, I am going to choose a husband for my daughter. Anyone who can swim across this pool can have my daughter's hand in marriage and inherit half of my wealth. The only challenge is that the pool is full of alligators." With that announcement everyone present was silent. Suddenly, there was a loud splash, and in a matter of seconds a young man swam across the pool to the other side. Everybody cheered at the heroic feat of the young man. The wealthy man walked towards the young man and congratulated him. The young man said, "Sir, I am not interested in marrying your daughter. What I want to know is the name of the person who pushed me into the pool?"

There are various types of motivation, and the one that is related to the above story is "fear" motivation. Sometimes, to bring out the best in us or in others, we have to use fear motivation. We have potentials within us but we need to stir it up with motivation and inspiration. However, fear motivation will only work in the short term, because people will get accustomed to it in the long run.
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A simple riddle you behold,
All that glitters is not gold.

My first is second in line,
I'll send shivers up your spine.

Though I'm not quite shining bright,
I seem to glitter in the light.

What am I?


Ice, of course!

My first letter, 'I', is the second letter in the word, 'LINE'. In daylight, ice seems to glitter.

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Day with a Difference - Nov 14, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend. - Laertius Diogenes

Life is the coffee

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. The conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and in life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the coffee. When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: "If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. "What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups and were eyeing each other's cups.Now consider this: Life is the coffee and the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and do not change the quality of Life. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee God has provided. So, don't let the cups drive you ... enjoy the coffee instead."

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Can you interpret what these sentences mean?

1. It requires a number of people greater than one to perform a terpsichorean series of low dips and twisting steps on the toes.
2. Emanating from a culinary vessel into a site of pyrogenic activity.Scroll down for the answer ...


1. It takes two to tango.

2. Out of the frying pan and into the fire.

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Day with a Difference - Nov 09, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. - J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter books and After

In 1995, Rowling completed her manuscript for
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone on an old manual typewriter. Upon the enthusiastic response of Bryony Evans, a reader who had been asked to review the book's first three chapters, the Fulham-based Christopher Little Literary Agents agreed to represent Rowling in her quest for a publisher. The book was handed to twelve publishing houses, all of which rejected it. A year later she was finally given the greenlight (and a £1500 advance) by editor Barry Cunningham from the small publisher Bloomsbury. The decision to take Rowling on was apparently largely due to Alice Newton, the eight-year-old daughter of the company's chairman, who was given the first chapter to review by her father, and immediately demanded the next. Although Bloomsbury agreed to publish the book, Cunningham says that he advised Rowling to get a day job, since she had little chance of making money in children's books. [
Harry Potter has made Rowling a well known and a very successful author, but after Rowling finishes the final Harry Potter book, she plans to continue writing. Rowling declared, in a recent interview, that she will most likely not use a new pen name as the press would quickly discover her true identity.

In 2006, Rowling revealed that she had completed a few short stories and another children's book (a "political fairy story") about a monster, aimed at a younger audience than Harry Potter readers.
She is not planning to write an eighth Harry Potter book, but has suggested she might publish an "encyclopedia" of the Harry Potter world consisting of all her unpublished material and notes. Any profits from such a book would be given to charity.

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A spoonerism is a pair of words that can have their initial sounds switched to form new words. The pairs need only sound the same, not necessarily be spelled the same (power saw & sour paw, horse cart & coarse heart). There may sometimes be one or two connecting words (kick the stone & stick the cone, king of the rats & ring of the cats). Given the following definitions, what are the spoonerisms?

1) overweight dam builder & symptom of a sick flying mammal
2) bottom of the ocean & an insect-bitten dog has this Scroll down for the answer ...

1) fat beaver & bat fever

2) sea floor & flea sore

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Day with a Difference - Nov 08, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle. - Kahlil Gibran

DREAM OF FLIGHT (Cappucino Success Story)

In the late 1800s, a well-known bishop was travelling the United States, speaking to religious and academic leaders. At one of his stops, he was invited to have dinner with some prominent leaders. During the dinner he was asked, "What do you think the future holds for us?" After a moment's pause, he replied, "The future is bleak, and in my opinion, we have discovered all there is to discover, created all there is to create, and invented all there is to invent." One of the leaders commented, "I think someday, man shall learn to fly like the birds." To this, the bishop replied, "You are mad, flight is only reserved for the angels." With that statement he stormed out of the room. The good news was that the bishop's last name was Wright! Years later, his two sons Orville and Wilbur, made the dream of flying real on the windswept salt marshes of Kitty Hawk.

We live in a world full of riches. We have to be open to the idea of change. What is needed to tap into the vast potential of this world are new and better "ideas". Never under rate yourself and others. Others will ridicule and laugh at your ideas but you will have the last laugh at the end.

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Each group of words has one four letter prefix that fits in front of them to form another word or phrase. Can you figure out which word it is for each group?

1. Nail, man, out, ten
2. Sick, work, room, plate

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1. Hang
2. Home

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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Day with a Difference - Nov 06, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

Never live in the past but always learn from it


The secret to a genuinely peaceful world is within us.

We can make it so, if we all start now.
Right now, pledge to do acts of kindness each and every day
Be gentle, kind, caring, and loving
Always smile. Laugh! Learn.
Teach. Above all, be patient.
Share, be part of a team, and be fair.
Listen. Sing. Play.
Be the music.
Hug someone.
Remember the ultimate goal of true unity...
And the world will live as one."

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What is represented here?

Spring - Hola
Summer - Bonjour
Fall - Hello
Winter - Aloha

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Season's Greetings.

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Friday, November 03, 2006

Day with a Difference - Nov 03, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

Great changes may not happen right away, but with effort even the difficult may become easy. - Bill Blackman

YOU CAN SURVIVE - YOU HAVE IT WITHIN YOU --- Copyright © 2004 Tammy Clancy

When the ocean empties and the land turns blue, When my path is blocked and I can't make it through, When the stars fall down one by one and it rains snow, When my car breaks down and I can't find a tow, I will still stand on my own feet proud and tall, I will get back up on my feet after the hardest fall, I will find my way home through the foggiest dim path, I will always have the strength for a smile and a good laugh. We walk each day down a narrow and winding road, We struggle and always seem to survive each life turn, No matter how big and heavy we always carry the load, I may fall and crash but I won't lie there to burn, Each moment of life contains a lesson to be learnt.

Whenever something gets you down and all those bad feelings return you have to remember you're the soldier and this life is your war. Are you going to let life beat you down and keep you there or are you going to fight for your rights?

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A clean joke to sign off your week with laughter

The supervisor of my work section recently made a casual comment about my shaggy mane of hair. He then went on to extol the virtues of a good haircut, which, he insisted, makes an elderly man look younger and a younger man seem more mature. "How would a haircut make a middle-aged man like me appear?" I asked. "Still employed," was his answer.

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Day with a Difference - Nov 02, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

"It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated... it is finished when it surrenders."

HOW TO BOIL A BULLFROG? (Cappucino Success Story)

Years ago some scientists did a simple experiment on a bullfrog. They threw a bullfrog into a container of boiling water, and the bullfrog instantly popped out of the boiling water. Next they put the bullfrog into a container of cold water. The bullfrog liked it and stayed in the container. The scientists then turned on the heat at the bottom of the container. As the water got warmer, the bullfrog relaxed and took a nap. The bullfrog was so comfortable that it stayed in the container and was "cooked".

Most of us are in the "comfort zone". We have a house to go home to, a nice bed to sleep on, food in the fridge, a group of friends to mingle with, along with some basic necessities of life. We have worked hard to get to where we are now. So why should we change this? The truth is most of us are like the bullfrog, because we feel warm and comfortable, we refuse to get out of our comfort zone, and prefer to stay where we are. In life we are either creating or disintegrating. There is no such thing as "staying where we are", because there is always movement. So if we are not moving ahead in life, we must by nature, be moving in the opposite direction.

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Brain Teaser

Follow these steps and see if you can figure this out.

1) Get a brown, cardboard box.
2) Get purple, orange, and turquoise paints.
3) Paint the box orange.
4) Paint on purple spots.
5) Paint on turquoise stripes.
7) Turn it upside down.
8) Lie on your side.

Answer :

Step 6!!!!!

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Day with a Difference - Nov 01, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

You're happiest while you're making the greatest contribution. Robert F. Kennedy

Why not you?

Today, many will awaken with a fresh sense of inspiration. Why not you?

Today, many will choose to leave the ghost of yesterday behind and seize the immeasurable power of today. Why not you?

Today, many will rise above their believed limitations and make contact with their powerful innate strength. Why not you?

Today, many will choose to free themselves from the personal imprisonment of their bad habits. Why not you?

Today, many will decide to no longer sit back with a victim mentality, but to take charge of their lives and make positive changes. Why not you?

Today, many will take the action necessary to make a difference. Why not you?

Today is a new day! Many will seize this day. Many will live it to the fullest. Why not you?
--- Copyright © 2004 Steve Maraboli

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What is the meaning of this rebus?ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQUSTRVWXYZ Scroll down for the answer ...


You are out of order (the letters "U" and "R" have traded places; U R out of order).

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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Day with a Difference - Oct 31, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. George Patton

Heart Prints

Whatever our hands touch...we leave
fingerprints on.
On walls, on furniture, on door knobs,
dishes and books.

As we touch we leave our identity..
Oh please where ever I go today...
help me leave heart prints.

Heart prints of compassion,
understanding and love.
Heart prints of kindness and genuine concern.

May my heart touch a lonely neighbor...
or a runaway daughter...
or an anxious mother...
or perhaps a dear friend!

I shall go out today...
to leave heart prints...
and if some one should say...
"I felt your touch!"

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The blanks in the following sentences will be filled in with three different homonyms (words that are spelled differently but sound alike) to make valid sentences. The dashes indicate the number of letters in the words. Can you fill in the blanks?

1. The cut on his _ _ _ _ won't _ _ _ _ in time for the race, so _ _ '_ _ have to drop out.


1. The cut on his HEEL won't HEAL in time for the race, so HE'LL have to drop out

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Day with a Difference - Oct 30, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others. - Anne-Sophie Swetchine

Beauty Tips

A dear old lady was asked what she used to make her complexion so beautiful and her whole being so bright and attractive.

She answered:

"I use for my lips, truth
I use for my voice, kindness
I use for my ears, compassion
I use for my hands, charity
I use for my figure, uprightness
I use for my heart, love
I use for any who do not like me, prayer."

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Anagrams - Each of the following sentences has three missing words. The first missing word of each sentence is 6 letters long, the second missing word is 5 letters long, and the third missing word is 4 letters long. All the 6 letter words are anagrams of each other, as are all the 5 letter words, and all the 4 letter words. Can you fill in the blanks?

1) Nobody would ______ to the old pirate any more, because his _____ were far too ____.
2) The fans were ______ as the opposition managed to _____ the game from the home ____.

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1) Nobody would LISTEN to the old pirate any more, because his TALES were far too TAME.
2) The fans were SILENT as the opposition managed to STEAL the game from the home TEAM.

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Day with a Difference - Oct 27, 2006

Today's Inspiratonal Quote:

I am only one, But still I am one. I cannot do everything, But still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. - Edward Everett Hale


About ten years ago, a young and very successful executive named Josh was traveling down a Chicago neighborhood street. He was going a bit too fast in his sleek, black, 12 cylinder Jaguar XKE, which was only two months old.

He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something. As his car passed, no child darted out, but a brick sailed out and - WHUMP! - it smashed Into the Jag's shiny black side door! SCREECH..!!!! Brakes slammed! Gears ground into reverse, and tires madly spun the Jaguar back to the spot from where the brick had been thrown. Josh jumped out of the car, grabbed the kid and pushed him up against a parked car. He shouted at the kid, "What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing?!" Building up a head of steam, he went on. "That's my new Jag, that brick you threw is gonna cost you a lot of money. Why did you throw it?"

"Please, mister, please. . . I'm sorry! I didn't know what else to do!" Pleaded the youngster. "I threw the brick because no one else would stop!" Tears were dripping down the boy's chin as he pointed around the parked car. "It's my brother, mister," he said. "He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up." Sobbing, the boy asked the executive, "Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me."

Moved beyond words, the young executive tried desperately to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. Straining, he lifted the young man back into the wheelchair and took out his handkerchief and wiped the scrapes and cuts, checking to see that everything was going to be OK. He then watched the younger brother push him down the sidewalk toward their home.

It was a long walk back to the sleek, black, shining, 12 cylinder Jaguar XKE -a long and slow walk. Josh never did fix the side door of his Jaguar. He kept the dent to remind him not to go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at him to get his attention. . . Some bricks are softer than others. Feel for the bricks of life coming at to you. For all the negative things we have to say to ourselves, God has positive answers.

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A clean joke to sign off your week with laughter

A husband, the owner of a new car, was somewhat reluctant to allow his wife to drive his prize possession, even to the grocery store, which was a few blocks from the house. After she insisted, he finally relented, cautioning her as she departed, "Remember, if you have an accident, the newspaper will print your age."

One night at the dinner table, the wife commented, "When we were first married, you took the small piece of steak and gave me the larger. Now you take the large one and leave me the smaller; You don't love me any more..." "Nonsense, darling," replied the husband, "you just cook better now."

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Day with a Difference - Oct 26, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

Nature does nothing uselessly. - Aristotle


I know a lot of people feel really uncomfortable when people stare at them, but it doesn't bother me so much. I guess I assume people are just friendly and curious. Personally, I'm always curious about the people around and I know I would stare at others more if it wasn't "against the rules". In Asia, it's not culturally impolite to stare and as a white person, people really do tend to stare at you. I know that a lot of travelers find it very offensive, but in Nepal, I learnt that the best thing to do was to stare back at the person staring at you. The results were amazing. Sometimes it would take a full 10 seconds or more of staring and smiling but eventually the other person would start to smile and you felt a real connection. Actually it's really amazing what you can say with your eyes alone. For instance have you ever wondered what happens if you do break the eye contact rules?One day in Stockholm, I was feeling so lonely that I decided to find out. It was a pretty funny experience. I was on the train about eight minutes from my station, and opposite me sat a young guy about the same age as me. So I looked at him and when he looked back at me I didn't do what was expected - I just keep looking, and of course smiling. Well, what happened? After a short time, it occurred to me that he thought I was "checking him out". Oops, so that's what happens if you break this rule. The last few minutes to my station were a little uncomfortable and I couldn't get off that train fast enough! So wherever you go in the world you can say a lot without even opening your mouth. The problem is that sometimes what you are saying with your eyes depends on where in the world you are. One thing is for sure though, wherever in the world you end up, a friendly look and a smile can open doors. So I challenge you to go out there and let your eyes do the talking!

--- Written in 2006 by Clare McLennan --- Sweden

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Bob was having a big party. He decided on a technique to get lots of people to come. He invited his five closest friends and said that they could each invite 4 people.Each of those could invite 3. Each of those could invite 2.Each of those could invite 1.Overall, how many people did Bob invite to his party?

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Just 5

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Day with a Difference - Oct 25, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

"A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."


A long time ago there was a great General who was faced with a situation which made it necessary for him to make a drastic decision to insure his success on the battlefield. He was about to send his army on shore to face a powerful enemy, whose men outnumbered his. He loaded his soldiers into boats, and sailed to face the enemies on shore. When they reached the shore, he ordered them to unload the soldiers and cargoes. He then ordered for all the ships and boats to be burned. Addressing his men before the battle, he said, "You see the ships and boats going up in smoke. That means that we cannot leave these shores alive unless we win! We now, have no choice – either we win, or we perish." They WON!

Just like the General, we have to burn all our bridges if we want to achieve success. There can be no room for retreat and we must have an attitude of, "Whatever it takes", taking into consideration that we can have anything we desire provided we do not violate Universal Laws and the rights of our fellow human beings. Do not dwell on the past. Move forward with confidence and we will surely see success, unexpected in common hours.

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Every clue below can be answered with a two word phrase in which each word contains OR. Your job is to figure out what they are.

Person on an assembly line

Whiskey made from ears of a certain vegetable
1970s-'80s tennis champ from Sweden
Listing in the Guiness Book .... Scroll down for the answer ....


1. Factory Worker

2. Corn Liquor
3. Bjorn Borg

4. World Record

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Day with a Difference - Oct 24, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else's can shorten it. - Cullen Hightower

Climb Every Mountain In Life - By: Sean Swarner

I'm actually the first (and only) cancer survivor to summit the world's highest mountain... Mt. Everest. When I was only 13, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease and given three months to live. When I was 15, I was diagnosed with Askin's Sarcoma. The prognosis was much worse as the doctors gave me only two weeks to live. Again, I survived.

Being the only person in the world to have ever had these two cancers, I really felt I should share my story to help motivate others and influence lives. On May 16th, 2002 at 9:32am, I became the first cancer survivor to summit Mt. Everest.

Since then, I have been lucky enough to reach the summits of three more of the world's seven highest peaks and have spoken internationally about my life and adventures to countless people and organizations. On the summit of Everest I brought a flag adorned with names of people who have been affected by cancer and left it on the top of the world forever commemorating the struggle of cancer patients worldwide.

I did the same to the highest point in Africa, Europe and just recently returned from 23,000-foot Aconcagua in South America! My ultimate goal is to climb the highest mountain on each continent AND trek to the North and South poles.

I am covering the globe with inspiration. There are plans for live chat sessions during the expeditions as well as TV spots and live summit bids from a number of the mountains! The reason for these expeditions is to inspire those affected by cancer (as well as anyone with a pulse!) to dream big and never give up.

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What expression is represented below?

+ DEEF Scroll down for the answer ....

Positive Feedback !!!

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Friday, October 20, 2006

Day with a Difference - Oct 20, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning. - Albert Einstein


The average cost of rehabilitating a seal after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska was $80,000. At a special ceremony, two of the most expensively saved animals were released back into the wild amid cheers and applause from onlookers. A minute later, in full view, a killer whale ate them both.

A woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen, shaking frantically with what looked like a wire running from his waist towards the electric kettle. Intending to jolt him away from the deadly current she whacked him with a handy plank of wood by the back door, breaking his arm in two places. Until that moment he had been happily listening to his Walkman.

Two animal rights protesters were protesting at the cruelty of sending pigs to a slaughterhouse in Bonn Germany. Suddenly the pigs, all two thousand of them, escaped through a broken fence and stampeded, trampling the two hapless protesters to death.

In the Jan. 6, 2002 edition of Parade magazine, Kirk Douglas wrote the following that I think applies well to anybody struggling with any adversity: My "Operator's Manual": To help people understand and recover from a stroke, I constructed the following guidelines. Then, I had an epiphany: Dealing with a stroke---dealing with any ailment or misfortune---is no different than the way we all should live our lifes.
1. WHEN THINGS GO BAD, always remember: It could be worse.

2. NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP. Keep working on your speech and your life.

3. NEVER LOSE YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR. Laugh at yourself, laugh with others.

4. STEM DEPRESSION by thinking of, reaching out to and helping others.

5. DO UNTO OTHERS as you would have them do unto you.6. PRAY, not for God to cure you but to help you help yourself.

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A clean joke to sign off your week with laughter

I burned a CD with some multimedia stuff on it for a friend of a friend. He couldn't get them working, because, it turned out, he had a 486 with 8 megs of RAM.

Him: "How come they don't work?"
Me: "You need a new motherboard, CPU, case, power supply, lots more RAM, and maybe a new video card."
Him: "Can you download them for me?"

Have a meorable day and a fun-filled weekend!

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Day with a Difference - Oct 18, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

I long to accomplish a great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker. - Helen Keller

FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT (Cappucino Success Story)

She was born normal on 27th June 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. When she was 19 months old she had a severe fever and illness which left her blind and deaf. As a result she could not speak. Over the next five years she was a problem child, always in uncontrollable rage and violence. When she was seven years old her parents sought help for the young girl.

Help came in the form of Annie Mansfield Sullivan. With love, patience, and understanding given by Annie, the little girl gradually awaken her intellectual faculty and was "born again". The stubborn, headstrong, self-willed, and almost unmanageable child became patient, gentle and obedient. She developed an eagerness to learn. At 16 years old she could speak well enough to enter college, and she later graduated from Radcliffe College.After her graduation Helen Keller dedicated her life to bringing messages of hope and courage to the handicapped people everywhere. Helen Keller's books were translated into more than 50 languages. She lectured in over 25 countries and raised millions of dollars for the benefit of the blind.

The success of Helen Keller is the story of Annie Sullivan. She was the one who believed in the hidden potential of Helen Keller. With love, patience, understanding and encouragement Annie Sullivan managed to help Helen Keller awaken the sleeping giant within her. A successful person is a person who is willing to give of himself for the betterment of another human being. Practice giving! Helen Keller on the other hand had to overcome challenges to be a blessing to others.

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Corpus Callosum

The corpus callosum is the part of the brain the connects the left and right hemispheres of the
cerebral cortex. Most of the communication between the two halves of the brain is carried over the corpus callosum. Some studies have shown that women have more fibers in the posterior portion of the corpus callosum. This added ability for cross-talk within the brain may account for the tendency for women to be more intuitive and better multitaskers. This interconnect is also very important for reading. This may be why dyslexia is five times more common in men versus women.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Day with a Difference - Oct 17, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them


"There are plenty of teams in every sport that have great players and never win titles. Most of the time, those players aren't willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the team. The funny thing is, in the end, their unwillingness to sacrifice only makes individual goals more difficult to achieve. One thing I believe to the fullest is that if you think and achieve as a team, the individual accolades will take care of themselves. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships."

-- Michael Jordan

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Clean joke Philosophies to Ponder

If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
Success always occurs in private, and failure in full view.
The light at the end of the tunnel is the headlight of an approaching train
No one is listening until you make a mistake.

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Monday, October 16, 2006

Day with a Difference - Oct 16, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

If a profound gulf separates my neighbor's belief from mine, there is always the golden bridge of tolerance.

There is no joy in easy sailing

"There is no thrill in easy sailing
When the skies are clear and blue.
There is no joy in merely doing
Things which anyone can do.
But there is some satisfaction
That is mighty sweet to take,
When you reach a destination
That you never thought you'd make."
--- Spirella

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What king can you make if you take

the head of a lamb
the middle of a pig
the hind of a buffalo and
the tail of a dragon? Scroll down for the answer ...


A LION, king of the jungle! (the head of a Lamb, the middle of a p Ig, the hind of a buffalO and the tail of a dragoN)

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Day with a Difference - Oct 12, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

Economics is not about things and tangible material objects; it is about men, their meanings and actions. - Ludwig von Mises

The Tone of Voice

It's not so much what we say
As the manner in which we say it.
It's not so much in the language we use
As the tone in which we convey it.
"Come here!" I sharply ordered;
And a child cowered and wept.
"Come here," I softly whispered;
And into my arms he crept.
Words may be mild and fair,
But the tone pierces like a dart.
Words may be soft as summer air,
But the tone can break a heart.

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The group of three definitions describes three words that are spelled the same, except for one letter Example: king, ring, wing.

A small territorial division of a country
An artillery piece
A deep valley with high steep sides

Scroll down for the answer .....

canton, cannon, canyon

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Day with a Difference - Oct 11, 2006

Today's Inspirational Quote:

"When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way you will command the attention of the world."

TWENTY YEARS COMMITMENT (Cappucino Success Story)

Oliver Napoleon Hill was born to a poor family in 1883. He fought his way out of his backwoods Virginia town with a burning desire to be successful. He was always searching for ways to improve himself and was involved in numerous ventures, including managing a coal-mine, practicing law, and becoming a business journalist. His big break came when he had the opportunity of meeting Andrew Carnegie, the "Steel King". Andrew Carnegie asked Napoleon Hill if he would take up the challenge of devoting 20 years of his life in order to prepare a formula of success for helping others to become successful. Andrew Carnegie would provide him with letters of reference to meet hundreds of successful people in the likes of Woodrow Wilson, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Theodore Roosevelt, John D. Rockefeller, to name a few. Napoleon Hill made his decision to take up the challenge in less than 60 seconds. Later he came to know that Andrew Carnegie had given him 60 seconds to make up his mind, failing which he would have lost his chance of undertaking the important assignment.

After 20 years of dedicated research in 1937 he came out with his best seller, "Think And Grow Rich", which has helped countless of people around the world to achieve success. One of his famous saying was, "Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve". Successful people make up their mind fast, but are slow at changing their mind once they make their decision. On the other hand those who are not too successful tend to be slow at making up their mind and quick to change after the decision is made. In actual fact most people do not make their own decisions at all, because their decisions are made for them or influenced by others. It is also true that whatever your mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve. The key word here is "believe".

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Lateral Thinking Puzzle

There are two very poor boys. The first is 18 and the second is 14. They live on their own. They are so poor they live in a small, strange house with only one bed. They both sleep in this bed every night, however, they sleep in separate rooms. How is this possible? Scroll down for the answer ...


The bed was very thin, about 3/4 of a meter wide, but it was very long, about 6 meters long. It fits in the doorway connecting two rooms. One of the boys sleeps at one end of the bed in one room, and the other sleeps at the other end in a different room. (I told you it was a strange house.)

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