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The Tower Of Pisa!




What makes the Tower of Pisa lean?

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Professor Howdy said...

Q. What makes the Tower of Pisa lean?
A. It never eats.

Professor Howdy said...

OBSCURE AND UNUSUAL WORDS
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1) sansculotte sanz-kyoo-LOT (noun)
: an extreme radical republican during the French Revolution.
: any revolutionary with extremist views.

From French, literally, without knee breeches. In the
French Revolution, this was the aristocrats' term of
contempt for the ill-clad volunteers of the Revolutionary
army who rejected knee breeches as a symbol of the upper
class and adopted pantaloons. As often happens with such
epithets, the revolutionaries themselves adopted it as a
term of pride.

"Figaro for example is too delicate to bear the weight
of a 'concept,' especially if it encourages the producer
to illustrate the corruption of the period or to repre-
sent the hero as a sansculotte manque who knows
that his master's days are numbered."
--Jonathan Miller; Doing Opera; The New York Review of
Books; May 11, 2000.

2) scry skry (intransitive verb)
: to predict the future by crystal-gazing

Shortening of descry (discover), from Middle English
descrien, from Old French descrier (to call or cry out),
from dis- + crier (to cry out).

"Also, the Reserve Bank will release its quarterly
Statement on Monetary Policy, which the market will
scry for clues on the timing of possible rate rises."
--Stocks' 10th Day of Gold; The Daily Telegraph (Sydney,
Australia); Nov 8, 2004.

Professor Howdy said...

Human blood is 83% water. Human bones are 25% water.

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Water was the first word that Helen Keller learned. Water
was the last word spoken by President Ulysses S. Grant.

Professor Howdy said...

I am of the mindset that Sunday afternoons are meant for wandering. At
least for me it is a hallowed task. There seems nothing more Sabbath-like
than exploring for the sake of exploration, and I am content to do so by
car or on foot, in a busy mall or in my mind. On Sunday, the journey is
not the means but the end--and it changes my perspective completely.

One Sunday on our way home from church something different caught my
husband's eye, though we were on a road we both use daily. It was a small
cemetery, contained by a fence that was deteriorating, and concealed by a
tiny forest spared by contractors. The cemetery was old; the grave stones
were toppled or badly weathered, some dating as far back as the 1800's.
The place seemed like it had been forgotten--or perhaps like someone was
hoping it would be forgotten. It was a lost plot of history hidden
inconspicuously between large hotels and office buildings.

Scripture often speaks of the omnipresent character of God, and it is this
attribute that struck me as I walked among the stones of the hidden
cemetery. "He is Lord of both the dead and the living," Paul writes in
Romans 14:9. For God there is no forgotten grave or child lost; there is
no place we can flee from his presence. Whether we are running from his
voice or crying out from the depths, our frames are never hidden from the
one who formed them.

It was a striking contrast: I had driven past this cemetery a thousand
times and never seen it. But God knew each one buried there by name.

Yet as I walked away, I was seized by the thought that my oversight was
not accidental. It was a plot of land that had been concealed on purpose,
and then hidden by my own expectation of what belonged there. Contractor,
consumer, or neighbor--we don't want to see cemeteries beside our hotels
or grave stones beside our office parking lots. The cemetery was "lost"
because we had hidden it from ourselves. It was forgotten by our own
doing.

I wonder how often I behaved similarly with life, drawing fences around
questions that haunt or convictions I don't want to see, hiding sin or
sorrow until it is forgotten. How often are we the cause of our own
blindness or the hands that work to conceal the thing we need most to see?
We are so easily misled by own distractions, lost by our own
intentions--while our truest thoughts are like hidden cemeteries in the
great worlds we build for ourselves.

For centuries, God has been calling us out of these hidden worlds and lost
ways. Since Eden, God has been positing the question to people hiding
behind trees: "Where are you?" (Genesis 3:9). As with Adam, it is not for
God's sake that God inquires--it is you and I who need to be asked. The
Father knows precisely where we are, and yet He seeks the lost, longing to
gather them unto Himself like a hen gathers her chicks. To those who are
hiding from themselves and from Him, He calls them to love with all their
heart, soul, and mind. To those who have forgotten, He urges them to
remember. To those who do not see, He moves them to sight. And to those
who are lost, the Father sends the Son to save. "For the Son of Man was
sent to seek and to save what was lost" (Luke 19:10).

Our inability to flee from the presence of God is not a statement about us
but a promise about his faithfulness. "'Am I only a God nearby,' declares
the LORD, 'and not a God far away? Can anyone hide in secret places so
that I cannot see him?' declares the LORD. 'Do not I fill heaven and
earth?'" (Jeremiah 23:23-24). However disoriented or distanced from the
Father we have become, it is not far for the one who longs to save.
However lost we have managed to make ourselves, the Son has already found
us. However thorough our attempts to hide or great the distance we have
run, it is nothing to the one who never lets us out of his sight. Being
found is only a matter of turning around.

Jill Carattini is managing editor of A Slice of Infinity at Ravi
Zacharias International Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia.


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Professor Howdy said...

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was
without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the
Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. And God saw the
light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God
called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and
the morning were the first day.

Then God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and
let it divide the waters from the waters." Thus God made the firmament, and
divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were
above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. So
the evening and the morning were the second day.

Then God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into
one place, and let the dry land appear"; and it was so. And God called the
dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And
God saw that it was good. Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass,
the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to
its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth"; and it was so. And the
earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind,
and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its
kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the
third day.

Then God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to
divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and
for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the
heavens to give light on the earth"; and it was so. Then God made two great
lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the
night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens
to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night,
and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So
the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

Then God said, "Let the waters abound with an abundance of living
creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the
firmament of the heavens." So God created great sea creatures and every
living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their
kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was
good. And God blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the
waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth." So the evening
and the morning were the fifth day.

Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to
its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according
to its kind"; and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth according
to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the
earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;
let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air,
and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that
creeps on the earth." So God created man in His own image; in the image of
God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them,
and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue
it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and
over every living thing that moves on the earth."

And God said, "See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is
on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you
it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of
the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life,
I have given every green herb for food"; and it was so.

Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So
the evening and the morning were the sixth day.



Genesis 1 - From The Bible

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