~Voting Power Of
A survey of
voting habits in an area of Chicago some two decades ago showed:
99 percent of
the tavern keepers voted.
of the gamblers and their employees voted.
16 percent of
the housewives voted.
17 percent of
the Protestant ministers voted.
29 percent of
the Protestant laymen voted.
~Blank Pages For
a college publication, came out in its first issue a few years ago with
most of the pages blank. The few columns that were printed included an
editorial denouncing student apathy and an item calling a meeting for
“those who can possibly force themselves to display interest in their
Near Yet So Far
relates how, in his boyhood days, he walked nearly seven hundred miles
to see Niagara Falls. When he was about seven miles from the spot he
thought he had heard what might be the thunder of the great cataract,
and inquired of a man who was working on the roof if it were so. The man
replied that it might be, but he could not say since he had never been
Wilbur Wright had tried repeatedly to fly a heavier-than-air craft.
Finally one December day, off the sand dunes of Kitty Hawk, North
Carolina, they did what man had never done before. They actually flew!
Elated, they wired their sister Katherine, “We have actually flown 120
feet. Will be home for Christmas.”
ran down the street, shoved the telegram—the news scoop of the
century—at the city editor of the local paper. He read it carefully
and smiled, “Well, well! How nice the boys will be home for
Fact” About Titian
A group of
distinguished thinkers and writers had gathered in the Royal Academy for
a discussion. The talk turned to Titian, the painter. One member of the
company pointed out Titian’s sense of form; another spoke of his
artistic feeling for color. Among those present was Thomas Carlyle. He
was bored with the discussion so he blurted out: “And here sits a man
made in the image of God, who knows nothing about Titian, and cares
nothing about Titian, and that is another fact about Titian.”
~ What On
Earth’s The Matter?
Scott, attending her first ball game, listened patiently to her
husband’s brief explanations. But when he sprang from his seat and
waved his hat madly, Mrs. Scott exclaimed: “What on earth’s the
answered, “didn’t you see the fielder catch the ball?”
course,” said Mrs. Scott quietly. “I thought that was what he was
out there for.”
—Daily News, Ontario
A teacher gave
a subject for composition class. The subject given was “WHAT?” For
an hour, the whole class busily elucidated, expanded, and defined this
word and related concepts in pages of paper. A mischievous boy submitted
his paper in 1 minute and left the class. On his sheet, he had written:
~Truth Outraged By
John A. Howard, president of Rockford College, said: “I invite you to
take a little card and put it on your mirror or display it in some
prominent place where it can serve as a daily reminder. I suggest that
you inscribe on that card that phrase, ’Truth is outraged by silence.
~ Pearl Harbor’s
The morning of December 7, 1941, found 353 Japanese airplanes swarming
all around the Harbor site. Within a couple of hours, America lost 8 big
battleships, 6 major airfields, almost all planes, and 2,400 men. That
happened at 7:50 AM in what was supposedly a surprised attack. But these
are the startling facts:
at 7 AM, while the Japanese warplanes were 137 miles (50 minutes) away,
two US soldiers on a small radar station in the Pacific scanned the
screen and saw dots and dots appearing, until the whole screen was
filled. These soldiers notified their youthful supervisor, a lieutenant.
No other officer was around, that being a Sunday.
thought these must be planes from California, and without another
thought, said these crucial words: “Don’t worry about it.” There
would have been time to scramble the planes at Pearl Harbor, prepare the
battleships and shelter the men, but this lieutenant, at the most
responsible moment of his career, failed the nation.
~ Of Mules And
Robert Ripley, a mule named Boston Curtis was elected Republican
committeeman from Wilton, Washington, by a 51-vote plurality in 1938.
The mule was sponsored by the Democratic mayor of the town—to prove a
theory that many voters are careless. The filing notice was signed with
the candidate’s hoofprints and his sponsor signed as a witness.
again: A cigar store Indian was elected Justice of the Peace in
Allentown, New Jersey, in 1883. The statue clothed with the fictitious
name of Abner Robbins was duly placed on the ballot and elected with a
plurality of seven votes over the incumbent Sam Davis. Judge Davis, who
held office many years, resigned in indignation when he learned his
successful opponent was a wooden Indian.
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