There are many answers ranging from the biblical Tower of Babel to other theories, but this is the one makes sense to me:
Can I use this example to explain? Some years ago I organised an event in Brisbane, Australia at which a deaf lady was to receive an award. I found someone to translate the speeches in deaf sign language, and afterwards to my horror I discovered that there was confusion. It appears that deaf people on one side of the Brisbane River, without contact with deaf people on the south side of the river had developed their own signs. (At that time there was no official Australian Deaf Sign language – there is now, called AUSLAN) People develop their own language by communicating with their “own” people. I often laugh when I see sparrows here in China – they look the same as our Aussie sparrows, but their bird call is different. They developed their own bird call over generations. I hope that helps.
Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates.
“In honor of this holy season” Saint Peter said, “You must each possess something that symbolizes Christmas to get into heaven.”
The first man fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on. “It represents a candle”, he said.
“You may pass through the pearly gates,” Saint Peter said.
The second man reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He jiggled them and said, “They’re bells.”
Saint Peter said, “You may pass through the pearly gates”.
The third man started searching desperately through his pockets and finally pulled out a pair of women’s thong panties.
Shocked, Saint Peter looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and asked, “And just how do thong panties symbolize Christmas?”
The man replied, “These are Carols.”
Quadruped with crimson proboscis —Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
5 p.m. to 6 a.m. without noise — Silent Night
Miniscule hamlet in the far east — O Little Town of Bethlehem
Ancient benevolent despot — Good King Wenceslas (or some believe in Jolly Old St. Nicholas)
Adorn the vestibule —Deck the Halls
Exuberance directed to the planet — Joy to the World
Listen, aerial spirits harmonizing — Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Monarchial trio — We Three Kings
Assemble, everyone who believes — Come All Ye Faithful
Hallowed post meridian — O Holy Night
Fantasies of a colorless December 25th — I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas
A dozen 24-hour Yule periods — The Twelve Days of Christmas
Befell during the transparent bewitching hour — It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Homo sapien of crystallized vapor — Frosty the Snowman
I merely desire a pair of incisors — All I want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth
I spied my maternal parent osculating a fat man in red — I Saw Mama Kissing Santa Claus
Perambulating through a December solstice fantasy — Walking Through a Winter Wonderland
It’s hard to sugarcoat the statistics: You’re more likely to die of a heart attack on Christmas or New Year’s than any other day of the year. Why? It could be a lot of things. Stress. A particularly high-fat meal. Shoveling snow. Substandard care in an emergency room staffed with a limited holiday crew. But my guess is that denial plays a big role.
Denial, after all, is pretty common over the holidays. We want lots of laughing, all the meals gourmet, and everyone a picture of health. In other words, we think life will take a holiday. But it won’t. You want to believe that slight pain in the chest is just heartburn and not worth making a fuss over. Right? Wrong.
Precisely because heart attacks are so common around the holidays, you should be especially alert to these warning signs:
• Chest discomfort, including pain, pressure, squeezing, or a feeling of fullness in the center of the chest. The symptoms may wax and wane.
• Pain or discomfort that radiates to one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
• Sudden onset of shortness of breath, even without chest discomfort.
• A cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.
If you think you’re having an attack, call 911. Then chew and swallow a regular-strength aspirin.
Of course, it’s even better to avoid heart attacks in the first place. So take these common-sense steps:
• Avoid overindulging in food or alcohol. The risk of an attack appears to double in the two hours after a particularly large meal.
• Get a flu shot and treat any respiratory illness immediately. In frail folks, those infections can sometimes precipitate an attack.
• Minimize emotional stress. Negative emotions, such as anger or stress, trigger the release of hormones that can threaten your heart.
• Bundle up outside, since cold temperatures can increase blood clotting and cause blood vessels to constrict.
And take it easy when exerting in the cold, too—whether it’s shoveling snow, or playing with the grandkids.
The original movie was narrated by, Woody Allen ; director of photography, Carlo Di Palma ; editor, Susan E. Morse, with Seth Green, Mia Farrow, Danny Aiello, Julie Kavner, Michael Tucker, Dianne Wiest, Diane Keaton.
Summary: A look back at radio from the late 1930s to the mid-1940s, focusing on an extended Jewish family, all avid radio listeners. In this clip a woman does her imitation of Brazilian Bombshell, Carmen Miranda.
If you remember this you’re no spring chicken:
Here is a way to calm your mind when upsetting thoughts invade. This sometimes goes by the fancy name of …stress management.
Simply visit the playhouse section of your brain and envision a scene that is relaxing or peaceful to you.
I live in Florida, so for me, I am at the beach almost every day, but sometimes I mentally visit the beach and you can too. I see the ocean in multi-colors of green and blue. I try to listen for the soft sound of small waves as they break against the shore; I smell the freshness of the air; I see the patterns of the white clouds in a cobalt blue sky.
And then I see and feel the joy of watching two small children chasing a pigeon on the sand.
Of course, they can never catch it, but they delight in watching it trot tanatalizingly just ahead of them; the pigeon seems to be joining in their little game. I am a spectator to their fun that nobody else even notices.
After a minute or two of imaging all that in my mind, I am rejuvenated and all is well with the world.
On Sunday, December 7th, 1941 the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the U.S. Forces stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. By planning his attack on a Sunday, the Japanese commander Admiral Nagumo, hoped to catch the entire fleet in port. As luck would have it, the Aircraft Carriers and one of the Battleships were not in port. (The USS Enterprise was returning from Wake Island, where it had just delivered some aircraft. The USS Lexington was ferrying aircraft to Midway, and the USS Saratoga and USS Colorado were undergoing repairs in the United States.)
In spite of the latest intelligence reports about the missing aircraft carriers (his most important targets), Admiral Nagumo decided to continue the attack with his force of six carriers and 423 aircraft. At a range of 230 miles north of Oahu, he launched the first wave of a two-wave attack. Beginning at 0600 hours his first wave consisted of 183 fighters and torpedo bombers which struck at the fleet in Pearl Harbor and the airfields in Hickam, Kaneohe and Ewa. The second strike, launched at 0715 hours, consisted of 167 aircraft, which again struck at the same targets.
At 0753 hours the first wave consisting of 40 Nakajima B5N2 “Kate” torpedo bombers, 51 Aichi D3A1 “Val” dive bombers, 50 high altitude bombers and 43 Zeros struck airfields and Pearl Harbor Within the next hour, the second wave arrived and continued the attack.
When it was over, the U.S. losses were:
US Army : 218 Killed In Action, 364 Wounded In Action.
US Navy: 2,008 Killed In Action , 710 Wounded In Action.
USMC: 109 Killed In Action, 69 Wounded In Action.
Civilians: 68 Killed In Action, 35 Wounded In Action.
TOTALS: 2,403 Killed In Action, 1,178 Wounded In Action.
USS Arizona (BB-39) – total loss when a bomb hit her magazine.
USS Oklahoma (BB-37) – Total loss when she capsized and sunk in the harbor.
USS California (BB-44) – Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired.
USS West Virginia (BB-48) – Sunk at her berth. Later raised and repaired.
USS Nevada – (BB-36) Beached to prevent sinking. Later repaired.
USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) – Light damage.
USS Maryland (BB-46) – Light damage.
USS Tennessee (BB-43) Light damage.
USS Utah (AG-16) – (former battleship used as a target) – Sunk.
USS New Orleans (CA-32) – Light Damage..
USS San Francisco (CA38) – Light Damage.
USS Detroit (CL-8) – Light Damage.
USS Raleigh (CL-7) – Heavily damaged but repaired.
USS Helena (CL-50) – Light Damage.
USS Honolulu (CL-48) – Light Damage..
USS Downes (DD-375) – Destroyed. Parts salvaged.
USS Cassin – (DD-37 2) Destroyed. Parts salvaged..
USS Shaw (DD-373) – Very heavy damage.
USS Helm (DD-388) – Light Damage.
USS Ogala (CM-4) – Sunk but later raised and repaired.
USS Curtiss (AV-4) – Severely damaged but later repaired.
USS Vestal (AR-4) – Severely damaged but later repaired.
USS Sotoyomo (YT-9) – Sunk but later raised and repaired.
188 Aircraft destroyed (92 USN and 92 U.S. Army Air Corps.)
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Neither gunfire nor two days in a refrigerator could slay this duck.
When the wife of the hunter who shot it opened the refrigerator door, the duck lifted its head, giving her a scare.
The man’s wife “was going to check on the refrigerator because it hadn’t been working right and when she opened the door, it looked up at her,” said Laina Whipple, a receptionist at Killearn Animal Hospital. “She freaked out and told the daughter to take it to the hospital right then and there.”
The 1-pound female ring-neck ended up at Goose Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, where it has been treated since Tuesday for wounds to its wing and leg.
Sanctuary veterinarian David Hale said it has about a 75 percent chance of survival, but probably won’t ever be well enough to be released back into the wild.
He said the duck, which has a low metabolism, could have survived in a big enough refrigerator, especially if the door was opened and closed several times. And he said he understands how the hunter thought the duck was dead.
The guy flying the 3 kites is in his 80’s, and he’s from Canada. He flies 2 kites with his hands and the 3rd one is attached to his waist. He comes to the Washington State International Kite Festival every year. His skin is like leather as he normally flies with his shirt off. He is deaf, so when he flies we hold our hands up and wave them for applause.
Benjamin Franklin once observed, if you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten…either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.
A man asked an American Indian
what was his wife’s name.
He replied, “She is called Five Horses.”
The man said, “That’s an
unusual name for your wife.
What does it mean?”
The Old Indian answered,
“It old Indian Name. It mean…
NAG, NAG, NAG, NAG, NAG!
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Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end. He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there.
Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled him out. When the Head Nurse Director became aware of Edna’s heroic act she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable.
When she went to tell Edna the news she said, ‘Edna, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you’re being discharged, since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of the person you love. I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness. The bad news is, Ralph hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he’s dead.’
Edna replied, “He didn’t hang himself, I put him there to dry.”
Women are like apples on trees. The best ones are at the top of the tree. Most men don’t want to reach for the good ones because they are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they sometimes take the apples from the ground that aren’t as good, but easy.
The apples at the top think something is wrong with them, when in reality, they’re amazing. They just have to wait for the right person to come along, the one who is brave enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree.
Now Men…. Men are like a fine wine. They begin as grapes, and it’s up to women to stomp them until they turn into something acceptable enough to have dinner with.
Some children say only adults are happy. Some adults say only children are happy. If we don’t learn to laugh at our troubles when we are young, we won’t have anything to laugh at when we grow old.
Some of the unfortunate living say only the dead are happy. These people are probably the ones who prompted Martin Luther King to say, “If you’re not allowed to be happy in heaven, I don’t want to go there.”
Finally, there are a fortunate few among us who need no external stimulation to be happy. We achieve it as a result of a good conscience, good health, gratifying work and freedom in our just pursuits. We therefore define happiness as being independent of society, because we create our own happiness from within.
Excerpt from an essay by Dr. Meyer M. Marvald, (rabbi, psychologist)
By JEFF DOUGLAS
Five neighbors at a central Missouri retirement community who are all centenarians get asked all the time: “How did you live to be 100?
If you want to live to 100 or more, this rare group of five golden girls says the key to longevity is working hard at a job you love and taking care of your body while you’re at it. Even though an estimated 70,000 people in the country are currently at the century mark or beyond in age; to find five 100-year-olds living in one place is unusual.
The average life span of Americans is about two or three years short of an 80th birthday party. And most people don’t want to cut out coffee, soda, alcohol, cigarettes and eat healthy.
“People tell me all the time, ‘I don’t want to live to be 100,’” said Mildred Leaver, who turned 100 in June.
Her four centenarian friends at the Rolla Presbyterian Manor retirement community shook their primped gray heads in agreement. They hear it too: “Who wants to live to 100?”
When centenarian Mildred Leaver was asked that queston …she replied, “A person that’s 99.”