Israel – the little Country that does a Lot

Land of Israel at dusk with flag

Israel, the 100th smallest country, with less than 1/1000th of the world’s population, can lay claim to the following:

The Middle East has been growing date palms for centuries.  The average tree is about 18-20 feet tall and yields about 38 pounds of dates a year. Israeli date trees are now yielding 400 pounds/year and are short enough to be harvested from the ground or a short ladder.

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4 Short American Stories

Dean Rusk, Secretary of State

-- Unproven

When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by
the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example
of 'empire building' by George Bush. Powell answered by saying, "Over
The years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and
Women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders.
The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough
to bury those that did not return." You could have heard a pin drop.

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Meanings of Famous Phrases

picture of George Washington

In George Washington's days, there were no cameras. One's image was either sculpted or painted.  Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms.  Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are 'limbs,' therefore painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence the expression, 'Okay, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg.'   

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Story of a Misfit

— A True Story by Amorelle (remembered from the 3rd grade) We all make mistakes. And sometimes an eraser will do the trick. You can rub it across the page, wipe away the dust, and all it leaves behind is an ugly smudge. But sometimes you can’t erase your words or …

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The Insults Story

Anglo-Chinese School (Primary)

-- Author Unknown

It was in Primary 4. A class was having a science lesson in a school called Anglo-Chinese School (Primary). All of the students in the class were quietly doing their schoolwork with the strict science teacher in the class. At a certain time period, the teacher walked out of the classroom, leaving no one to take care of the class. Knowing that the teacher will be gone for a few minutes, a majority of the students in the class began to chat with one another.

"Hey John," Keithon called out.

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