Thursday, June 5, 2008

Tenacity of Life


It is one of the wonders of everyday life how long the lower forms of created creatures retain their vitality under certain conditions. Microbes of various sorts, that seem dependent on moisture for existence, have been dried half a score of times, put away and kept dry for a long period, and have, under favorable conditions, revived, apparently none the worse for their hibernation. They have been heated to 150 degrees F., then kept in a vacuum for a month. Notwithstanding all this, they revived upon being placed in a warm, moist atmosphere. Even snails may be deprived of oxygen, water, food and heat, but will merely curl up and go to sleep, awakening when conditions are favorable. — New York Ledger.

The Fork Fad

Marker — The spread of the opium habit is something terrible. I am told that women of the highest class have been seen going into opium joints.
Parker — Oh, that's all nonsense. Ladies of fashion go to such places to watch the Chinamen use chopsticks. They want to learn how to eat soup with a fork. — New York Weekly.


Wear your learning like your watch, in a private pocket, and do not pull it out and strike it merely to show that you have one. If you are asked what o'clock it is, tell it, but do not proclaim it hourly and unasked like the watchman.

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