Saturday, January 16, 2010

Million dollar question

Pam appeared on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” where Meredith Vieira was emcee.

Meredith: “Pam, you’re up to $500,000 with one lifeline left: phone a friend. If you get it right, the next question is worth one million dollars. If you get it wrong, you drop back to $32,000. Are you ready?”

Pam: “Yes.”

Meredith: “Which of the following birds does not build its own nest? Is it A) robin, B) sparrow, C) cuckoo, or D) thrush.”

Pam: “I’d like to phone a friend. I’d like to call Carol.”

Carol (no comment on hair color) answers the phone: “Hello?”

Meredith: “Hello Carol, it’s Meredith Vieira from Who Wants to be a Millionaire. I have your friend Pam here who needs your help to answer the one million dollar question. The next voice you hear will be Pam’s…”

Pam: “Carol, which of the following birds does not build it’s own nest? Is it A) robin, B) sparrow, C) cuckoo, or D) thrush?”

Carol: “Goodness, Pam. That’s simple. It’s a cuckoo.”

Pam: “Are you sure?”

Carol: “I’m sure.”

Meredith: “Pam, you heard Carol. Do you keep the $500,000 or play for the million?”

Pam: “I want to play; I’ll go with C) cuckoo.”

Meredith: “Is that your final answer?”

Pam: “Yes.”

Meredith: “Are you confident?”

Pam: “Yes; I think Carol’s pretty smart.”

Meredith: “You said C) cuckoo, and you’re right! Congratulations, you have just won one million dollars!”

To celebrate, Pam flew Carol to New York. That night they went out on the town. As they’re sipping champagne, Pam looks at Carol and asks her, “Tell me how you knew that it was the cuckoo that does not build its own nest?”

“That’s easy. Everybody knows they live in clocks.”

Jan 17

Last week, the Sunday school was cancelled and I did not get a chance to see you.  Look forward to seeing you tomorrow. It's been a while since we met as a class - almost 50 days.  Let's plan on meeting together tomorrow and get back on track with our class.

Just to recap what we learned this year, we covered, Love, Marriage and Prayer.  We will continue our discussion on Prayer and move on.

I received BRS questions in email.  There is a BBS on Jan 31.  Those are the other news I have.

See you tomorrow.


Few titles of computer books.  These are popular books, with words changed to mimic and sound like the original ones.  For example, there is a book called 1001 Arabian Nights, and here is it listed as 1001 Arabian Bytes.

Here is the list:

* 1001 Arabian Bytes
* 20 000 PCs Under the Sea
* A Call to RAMs (for dyslexic readers)
* A Midsummer Nights D-ram
* A Tale of Two CDs
* Aesop’s Folders
* Alice in Cyberland
* All Quiet on the Western Font
* Around the Web in 90 Days
* Brave New World Wide Web
* Cache-22
* Call of the Filed
* Charlotte’s Web-site
* Comedy of Error Mistakes
* Disk Doctor Zhivago
* Disk Wittington and his Cache
* DOS Kapital
* Email and the Night Visitors
* Fall of the Mouse of User
* FortrAn of Green Gables
* Gates of Wrath
* Gone With the Windows
* Green Eggs and RAM
* James and the Giant PC
* Jane Error
* Johnny Domaine
* Little Mouse on the Prairie
* Lord of the Files
* Moby Disk
* Motherboard Goose
* The Mouse of Several Cables
* Netscape from Alcatraz
* Of Mouse and Man
* Old Man and the C-Drive
* One Flew Over the Internet
* Ramlet
* ROMulus and RAMus
* Silas Monitor
* The Byte of the Ancient Mariner
* The Cache of Monte Cristo
* The Pit and the Pentium
* The Scarlet Font
* The Three Little Gigs
* The URLing
* The Wizard of OS
* Uncle Tom’s Cache
* WANS Upon a Time
* War and PC
* Watership Download
* Wuthering Bytes
* Zorba the Geek

30 books

This is a most remarkable puzzle. It was found by a gentleman in an airplane seat pocket on a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu, keeping him occupied for hours. He enjoyed it so much; he passed it on to some friends. One friend from Illinois worked on this while fishing from his john boat. Another friend studied it while playing his banjo, Elaine Taylor, a columnist friend, was so intrigued by it, she mentioned it in her weekly newspaper column. Another friend judges the job of solving this puzzle so involving, she brews a cup of tea to help her nerves. There will be some names that are really east to spot. That’s a fact. Some people, however, will soon find themselves in a jam, especially since the book names are not necessarily capitalized. Truthfully, from answers we get, we are forced to admit it usually takes a minister or a scholar to see some of them at the worst. Research has shown that something in our genes is responsible for the difficulty we have in seeing the books in this paragraph. During a recent fund raising event, which featured this puzzle, the Alpha Delta Phi lemonade booth set a new record. The local paper, The Chronicle, surveyed over 200 patrons who reported that this puzzle was one of most difficult they had ever seen. As Daniel Humana humbly puts it, “The books are all right here in plain view hidden from sight.” Those able to find all of them will hear great lamentations from those who have to be shown. One revelation that may help is that books like Timothy and Samuel may occur without their numbers. Also, keep in mind, that punctuation and spaces in the middle are normal. A chipper attitude will help you compete really well against those who claim to know the answers. Remember, there is no need for a mad exodus, there really are 30 books of the Bible lurking somewhere in this paragraph waiting to be found.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Happy family

Take a closer look at the picture above (click on it to enlarge it).
Now, pay attention to the following:
the condition of the house,
the crammed space in which all of them have to sleep,
the room they have made for their pets,
the way they managed a leaky roof,
the way the window is covered by a newspaper,
the method they used to support their only bed,
the manner in which their only blanket is being shared,
and finally:
how all of them have a peaceful smile on their face, even while sleeping.

The happiest people in the world are not those who have no problems, but those who learn to live with things that are less than perfect.  Each one of us is responsible in making our life a happy one.


Have you ever been on the receiving end of kindness and mercy?  Being on the receiving end, makes you think a lot and teaches you valuable lessons of life.  Here is a story of kindness:

One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thin dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door.

Instead of a meal, he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry and so she brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, "How much do I owe you?"

"You don't owe me anything," she replied. "Mother has taught us never to accept pay for a kindness." He said, "Then I thank you from my heart." As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strengthened also. He had been ready to give up and quit.

Years later, that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease.

Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, he went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor's gown, he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day, he gave special attention to the case.

After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested from the business office to pass the final billing to him for approval. He looked at it, then wrote something on the edge, and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally she looked, and something caught her attention on the side of the bill. She read these words:

Dr. Howard Kelly."

Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: "Thank You, God, that Your love is shed abroad through human hearts and hands."

Return to the heart

At a country side, a man went to a lady's house to buy some vitamins. Upon entering the house, he noticed that there was an electronic keyboard on the stand, leaning against the wall. Being a piano music lover and player, he asked if the woman played. She said "Yes" and added that she had been taking lessons - at age 54! He told her that that was very impressive for her to pursue her passion to play the piano.

"I have been playing for 8 years now." he said.

"Then you must play a song for me before you leave." she requested.

THe man thought she was kidding and he simply smiled. By the end of purchase of the vitamins, she reminded him of their musical "deal." She then showed him to an old upright piano in the living room and asked him to play a song for her. The man thought for a moment and decided to play David Lanz's "Return to the Heart", since she had much passion for music, and it was one of his soul-searching songs.

He played the song with his best ability, with much emotions pouring into it as possible. She loved it. As he was about to step out of the door, he heard a weak voice calling out. "Young man!"

The man turned around. And there was an old lady taking one little step at a time with the help of another woman.

"I wanted to come out to thank you for the beautiful song that you played. I have been very sick, and it's very hard for me to get off my bed, but I really wanted to thank you for the song. It made me feel good...", she said.

With that, she turned around and walked slowly back to her room.

The man was deeply touched by her appreciation, felt a deeper understanding for the song, and was so happy that he could make a sick person feel better. It served its purpose beautifully, returning to one's heart for peace and joy.

The joy of making someone feel better have to be experienced by your self.  Every time you make someone feel better, you are pouring out the goodness within you, and are acting on behalf of God.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Holding hands

A little girl and her father were crossing a bridge.

The father was kind of scared so he asked his little daughter,
"Sweetheart, please hold my hand so that you don't fall into the river. "

The little girl said,
"No, Dad. You hold my hand."

"What's the difference?"
Asked the puzzled father.

"There's a big difference", replied the little girl.

"If I hold your hand and something happens to me, chances are that I may let your hand go. But if you hold my hand, I know for sure that no matter what happens, you will never let my hand go."

In any relationship, the essence of trust is not in its bind, but in its bond.

So hold the hand of the person whom you love rather than expecting them to hold yours.

A lifelong friend

Horror gripped the heart of a World War-I soldier, as he saw his lifelong friend fall in battle.

The soldier asked his Lieutenant if he could go out to bring his fallen comrade back

"You can go," said the Lieutenant, "but don't think it will be worth it .

Your friend is probably dead and you may throw your life away."

The Lieutenant's words didn't matter, and the soldier went anyway.

Miraculously, he managed to reach his friend, hoisted him onto his shoulder and brought him back to their company's trench.

The officer checked the wounded soldier, then looked kindly at his friend.

" I told you it wouldn't be worth it," he said. "Your friend is dead and you are mortally wounded."

"It was worth it, Sir," said the soldier.

"What do you mean by worth it?" responded the Lieutenant." Your friend is dead."

"Yes Sir," the soldier answered, "but it was worth it because when I got to him, he was still alive and I had the satisfaction of hearing him say.......

" Man...I knew you would come ! "

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Handling misunderstanding

A small misunderstanding can easily ruin friendship of years. It is thus necessary to prevent it from occurring in your precious relationship. As misunderstanding is like a slow poison which can slowly ruin your long term friendship and make your friends turn into strangers. Given below are some helpful tips that can help us to effectively deal with a misunderstanding.

The best way to deal with a misunderstanding is by preventing it from occurring itself.

Your friendship should be strong enough to withstand any such storm of adversity.

Friendship demands transparency and when everything is crystal clear between friends, misunderstanding cannot sow its poisonous seeds in it.

If you find anything wrong in your friendship, you should openly discuss about it and avoid formation of any misunderstanding.

Keep your ego aside and openly discuss your problem and your views with your friend instead of assuming things.

The best way to deal with a misunderstanding is to talk it out.

Talk it out over lunch or dinner and you can also go to your favorite hang out place to openly discuss and sort out your problems.

If you find your friend behaving differently than usual, then you must try to find out the reason behind it.

Many times there are small things that trouble us and which may be caused by some gap in communication.

As friends, you must try out to sort out such minor differences so as to avoid a small gap in communication from becoming a major misunderstanding that disrupts your friendship.

Ending a good friendship is not the solution.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Origin of words:

1. ALMANAC is really from the Saxon term ‘al-mon-aght’ meaning ‘all moon heed’, which was the record of new and full moons.

2. APPLE-pie order is from the practical joke of bed-sheets folded so tight that it prevented the person from getting in. While assumed to be derived from the apple-turnover pastry, it is from the French ‘nappe pliee’, meaning ‘folded sheet’

3. ASSASSIN was originally a tribe of Carmathian warriors based in Mount Lebanon around the eleventh century. Know for terrorizing the Middle Eastern world for two hundred years, they were high on hashish most of the time, particularly prior to battle.

4. Take a BACK seat is not a car metaphor, but originally a parliamentary expression derived from the relative low influence of persons and issues from the back benches (the bench-seats where members sit in the House of Commons), as opposed to the front benches, where the leaders of the government and opposition sit.

5. Got out on the wrong side of the BED is an ancient superstition which held it to be unlucky to touch the floor first with the left foot when getting out of bed. Earlier versions of the expression with the same meaning were: ‘You got out of bed the wrong way’, and ‘You got out of bed with the left leg foremost’

6. BIG cheese (boss, kahuna) came into English via colonial India where Urdu ‘chiz’, meaning ‘good thing’ was adopted by the British to mean the best.

7. To the BITTER end (’til the last dog dies) is a maritime expression, from the metaphor of a rope being played out all the way to the ‘bitts’, which were the posts on the deck of a ship to which ropes were secured. It is still used to describe the last link of the anchor chain secured to the vessel’s chain locker.

8. BLACKMAIL (they found the pictures) ‘mail’ is from Saxon ‘mal’ (rent); ‘black’ is from the Gaelic, to cherish or protect – it was used to describe an early form of protection money, paid in the form of rent, to protect property against plunder by vagabonds.

9. BOBBY (an English policeman) IS a policeman. Sir Robert Peel introduced the first police force in London in 1830 and these men were first known as ‘peelers’!!

10. The BUCK stops here is a gambling term when poker players passed a piece of buckshot from player to player to signify whose responsibility it was to deal the cards or to be responsible for the pot or bank, It took on an expanded meaning with US President Harry Truman who kept a sign on his desk in the Oval Office to remind him ‘The Buck Stops Here’


BUS is any passenger vehicle, an abbreviation from the original 18th century horse-drawn ‘omnibus’ (Latin = ‘for all’)

BEDLAM (chaos with the grandkids) really comes from ‘Bethlehem Hospital for Lunatics’ in London by King Henry VIII. Bethlehem was shortened to Bedlam.

Few antimetaboles

I was quite busy the past couple of days (among other things!!).  Let's look at few antimetaboles today.

In rhetoric, antimetabole is the repetition of words in successive clauses, but in transposed grammatical order (ex: “I know what I like, and like what I know”).

"The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath." Jesus (Mark 2:27)

"Eat to live, not live to eat" - Attributed to Socrates

"Live to fly, fly to live" - Iron Maiden's 1984 song Aces High

Latin: Miser ex potente fiat ex misero potens Seneca the Younger, Thyestes, Act I.10 (let it make misery from power and power from misery).

The Latinate expression of Parmenides philosophical thesis of immutability is rendered "Ex nihilo nihil fit" (from nothing nothing comes).

When a dog bites a man that is not news, but when a man bites a dog that is news. (Charles Anderson Dana, "What is News?" The New York Sun, 1882)

"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961.

"Johnson having now explicitly avowed his opinion of Lord Chesterfield, did not refrain from expressing himself concerning that nobleman with pointed freedom: 'This man (said he) I thought had been a Lord among wits; but, I find, he is only a wit among Lords!' " James Boswell Life of Johnson

"Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end, but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." Winston Churchill, The Lord Mayor's Luncheon, Mansion House, November 10, 1942.

"We didn't land on Plymouth Rock, the rock was landed on us." Malcolm X, The Ballot or the Bullet, Washington Heights, NY, March 29, 1964.

"I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful, one hundred percent!" Dr. Seuss, Horton Hatches an Egg.

To be kissed by a fool is stupid; To be fooled by a kiss is worse. Ambrose Redmoon.

"Nice to see you, to see you nice" Bruce Forsyth

"All those who are merciful with the cruel will come to be cruel to the merciful," Talmud Kohelet Rabbah 7:16.[1]

"Not all schooling is education nor all education, schooling." Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom.

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going." Joseph Kennedy

"You win to play, and you play to win." origin unknown, common phrase in sports

"Truth is beauty, beauty truth." John Keats

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