Nuggets from Art
Nuggets of wisdom and wit from a kindly old
mystic cloistered in
a fire proof building on the Cuyahoga.
Three nuggets from Art: 1. Thinking outside the
box, PERSPECTIVE, 2.
History of the Middle finger, 3. The Dash
HERE’S A LITTLE SOMETHING T0 CRANK
Thinking outside the box
You are driving down the
road in your car on a wild, stormy night, when you pass
a bus stop and you see three people waiting for the bus:
- An old lady who looks as if she is about to
- An old friend who once saved your life.
- The perfect partner you have been dreaming
Which one would you choose
to offer a ride to, knowing that there could only be one
passenger in your car?
Think before you continue
reading. This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once
actually used as part of a job application. You could
pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and
thus you should save her first. Or you could take the
old friend because he once saved your life, and this
would be the perfect chance to pay him back. However,
you may never be able to find your perfect mate again.
The candidate who was hired
(out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with
his answer. He simply answered: "I would give the car
keys to my old friend and let him take the lady to the
hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with
the partner of my dreams."
Sometimes, we gain more if
we are able to give up our stubborn thought limitations.
Never forget to "Think Outside of the Box."
However, the correct answer
is to run the old lady over and put her out of her
misery, have sex with the perfect partner on the hood of
the car, then drive off with the old friend for some
At one time in my life, I thought I had a handle on the
meaning of the word "Service -- The act of doing things
for other people."
Then I heard these terms: Internal Revenue Service,
Postal Service, Telephone Service, Civil Service,
City/County Public Service, Customer Service, Service
Stations, and I became confused about the word
This is not what I thought "service" meant.
Then today, I overheard two farmers talking and one
said he had hired a bull to "service" a few of his cows.
BAM! It all came into perspective.
Now I understand what all those "service" agencies
are doing to us. I hope you are now as enlightened as I
I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning...to the end.
He noted that first came her date of birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years.
For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth..
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not, how much we own;
The cars...the house...the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.
So think about this long and hard....
Are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough
To consider what's true and real,
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we've never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile..
Remembering that this special dash
May last only a little while.
So, when your eulogy's being read
With your life's actions to rehash...
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?
NUGGETS FROM ART:
History of Middle Finger
now......here's something I never knew before, and
now that I know it, I feel compelled to send it on
to my more intelligent friends in the hope that
they, too, will feel edified. Isn't history more fun
when you know something about
Giving the Finger
Before the Battle of
Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory
over the English, proposed to cut off the middle
finger of all captured English soldiers. Without
the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the
renowned English longbow and therefore they would be
incapable of fighting in the future. This famous
weapon was made of the native English Yew tree, and
the act of drawing the longbow was known as
"plucking the yew" (or "pluck yew"). Much to the
bewilderment of the French, the English won a major
upset and began mocking the French by waving their
middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, See,
we can still pluck yew! "PLUCK
YEW!" Since 'pluck yew' is rather difficult
to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the
beginning has gradually hanged to a
'F', and thus the words often used in conjunction
with the one-finger-salute! It is also because of
the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the
longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as
"giving the bird." IT IS STILL AN APPROPRIATE SALUTE
TO THE FRENCH TODAY! And yew thought yew knew
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