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Catherine Booth was known as the “Mother of The Salvation Army.” Wherever she would go, large cross sections of society – princes and paupers alike – would gather to hear her speak. One night as she shared a message, many people came to Christ. After the meeting, a wealthy family entertained her at their home.
Two young men were walking down the road one day when they saw an elderly woman pass by. One of them said, “That’s Mrs. Jones. She always has something good to say about people. In fact, I’ve never heard her say a bad word about anyone.”
Early in his inventing career, Thomas Edison invented a vote-tallying machine that could be used in legislative chambers. Simply by moving the switch from right to left, one could vote for or against a proposal without leaving his or her desk. Edison was thrilled about his prospects, so he headed for Washington, D.C.
There was a missionary in China who rode the bus every day. This gave her a great chance to meet new people and get into conversations about Christianity. She would sometimes hand out Bibles – but she only did so to those who asked because she could be deported if it was discovered.
In the late 1800s, the Louisiana State Lottery rose to prominence, as well as to infamy, as it was plagued with scandal after scandal when rumors and evidence surfaced that its leaders were illegally pocketing money.
One day, a pig was fervently eating acorns under an oak tree. When the supply started waning, the pig became so enamored with finding more acorns that he began rooting around in the dirt, exposing the roots of the tree.
A high-school golfer named Chelsee Richard was competing in a qualifying round for the state finals. On the second hole, she hit her tee shot into the rough. Then, without realizing it, she mistakenly played another golfer’s ball out of the rough and finished the hole.
A rich businessman once held a dinner party to which Calvin Coolidge had been invited. After Coolidge left, the man remarked that he thought Coolidge would one day make a good president of the United States. Some disagreed, feeling Coolidge lacked the personality and charisma needed to hold such a high office.
There’s a story about a student at Cambridge University in England who entered the classroom on exam day and asked the proctor to bring him cakes and ale. The proctor refused, and couldn’t believe the young student’s audacity.
Veteran American League baseball umpire Bill Guthrie was working behind the plate one afternoon, and the catcher for the visiting team was repeatedly protesting his calls. Guthrie endured this for a number of innings, and then he spoke up.
Lady Nancy Astor was the first woman ever to be seated in the British House of Commons. She predictably encountered a good amount of male antagonism, but she was also capable of giving it back in turn.
Think about all the incredible inventions man has created over the generations. Which ones are the best? Perhaps you’re partial to the flushing toilet – a great one – or the telephone, which would be hard to live without these days. Both of those have made our lives a lot easier!
Robert Wood Johnson, former chairman of Johnson & Johnson, had a reputation for being especially stringent when he inspected his manufacturing plants. One day, a plant manager got a tip that Johnson was on his way and would arrive at the plant in 30 minutes.
A man was sitting beside his young son’s bed. His son had been diagnosed with a fatal kidney disease, and his time was growing short. As the boy lay dying, the man picked up his journal and wrote…
Pastor Joseph Parker ministered for years at City Temple in London, England. One morning, an elderly woman walked up to him after a service and thanked him for shedding some much-needed light on a particular Bible story.
A man and his wife were walking through a park in Miami one afternoon when they saw a Cuban family enjoying a picnic. The family was tossing scraps of bread to a raccoon and saying repeatedly, “Oye, chico, ven aca” (Come here, boy!)....
Dick Wade, a sportswriter in Kansas City, wanted to find out how much “action” really occurred in a regular baseball game. So he took a stopwatch to a game and counted the time it took the ball to leave the pitcher’s hand and reach the plate, as well as the time the ball was actually in play.
A new member of the bridge club showed up one afternoon wearing a beautiful gold locket. Another player approached her and said, “That’s such a lovely piece. Do you keep a memento in it?”
For centuries, well-educated and literate people thought it to be of the utmost importance to get out of bed on the right side. The thought was that to get out of bed on the left side provided easy access for evil spirits. And to this day, people will still ask those who seem to be having a bad day if they “got out on the wrong side of the bed.”
When her father was President, Amy Carter came home from school one Friday night with an assignment to write a paper answering a tough question about the Industrial Revolution. Amy sought help from her mom, Rosalynn, who was also baffled and decided to seek clarification from the Labor Department.
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