Your mind is a terrible thing to waste

Think a minute…Have you heard this expression, “It’s raining cats and dogs?” It was started in Europe in the 1500’s when many European houses had thatched roofs made from straw. At night time the animals would climb up on the roof to stay warm, including cats, dogs, and other small animals.

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“Just a spoonful”

Think a minute…In 1919, just after World War I, the cholera disease broke out all over Europe killing many thousands of people. The British government sent doctors all over the world to find a cure for cholera.

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“Tongue tamers”

Think a minute…Some big powerful horses can weigh up to 2,000 pounds. Yet if you put a bridle and bit in its mouth, a little 90-pound girl, who knows what she’s doing, can make that big horse do whatever she wants!

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Good Directions

Think a minute…A man from the city was taking a drive out in the country and got lost. He stopped to ask a farmer for directions: “Where’s the main highway to the city?” The farmer answered: “I don’t know.”

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The Truth Hurts

Think a minute…Henri Latour was the greatest detective in France during the 19th century. He was a mastermind at finding evidence and clues, then fitting it all together to find the criminal and bring him to justice. But mysteriously, this living legend’s career ended suddenly.

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Ignorance is not bliss

Think a minute…During World War II, an uneducated man who lived out in the hills hand-delivered this letter to the U. S. Army office in the city. Since he could not read or write, his wife had written it for him.

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Complain or change

Think a minute…A young woman named Cherie was telling about her childhood. Both her parents worked outside their home from the time she was a little girl. Her mother was an ambitious actress and only interested in her own career, so she spent very little time with her kids.

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The Invisible Father

Think a minute…A 58-year-old man was sharing his memories of his father. His father had been a workaholic who was always busy with his job and his own personal interests. He never came to his son’s sports games or activities.

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A better way

Think a minute…Virtually all of the world’s progress has come from people who were not satisfied to “leave well enough alone.” Sir Francis Bacon said: “Acorns and nuts were good until someone invented bread.”

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The End of the World

Think a minute…Not long ago the biggest-selling book in America was about the end of the world. Watching the world’s news is sometimes like watching a horror film. The 20th century had far more people killed in wars than any century in history.

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Live and Learn

Think a minute…You’ve heard the expression, “Live and learn.” Sadly, some of us just live. But we don’t learn much. “We all make mistakes, but it’s the wise person who learns not to repeat them.”

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Mr. Nice Guy

Think a minute…Bram Stoker was a successful theatre manager in England during Queen Victoria’s reign. Everybody who knew him said he was one of the most easy-going, kindest men they knew.

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No place like home

Think a minute…It is true: “There’s no place like home.” In fact, who we are, what we think about ourselves, others, and life, mostly comes from our family with whom we grew up as children and teenagers. That is why they say, “The apple does not fall far from the tree.”

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Survival skill

Think a minute…It is amazing how the Jewish people have survived thousands of years as slaves, outcasts, and the despised targets of Hitler’s attempted genocide of their entire race and culture.

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“Decide Your Destiny”

Think a minute…A man was cleaning his car with a special brush when a little girl who had been watching him said, “My daddy has a brush like that to clean his car too.” “Really!” said the man. “What kind of car does your daddy have?”

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“The truth hurts”

Think a minute…Henri Latour was the greatest detective in France during the 19th century. He was a mastermind at finding evidence and clues, then fitting it all together to find the criminal and bring him to justice.

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“Life’s surprises”

Think a minute…Remember Christopher Columbus, the great explorer from Europe? He planned to sail across the Atlantic ocean to find Asia, but failed. However, instead of Asia he found the New World, now called America.

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Bread and Butter

Think a minute…There was a baker who bought his butter from a local farmer. One day the baker decided to weigh the butter. He was surprised that the farmer had been giving him less butter but still charging him the same price.

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“Creatures of Habit”

Think a minute…You’ve probably heard the expression “A leopard can’t change its spots.” This, of course, is true of leopards. But is it true of people? Can people change? Are we humans just creatures of habit? Do we not have any control over our actions and habits?

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“A tricky problem”

Think a minute.Have you ever stood by a fire when the smoke was so thick you almost thought you could grab it with your hands. But if you try, the smoke just disappears right through your fingers. It’s like that when we try to be humble.

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Editorial

What an incredible waste of taxpayers money

The Controller and Chief Auditor, Fuimaono Camillo Afele, uncovered a couple of rather interesting developments in his report to Parliament for the financial years 2013 and 2014. We accept the incidents highlighted took place six years ago and that things might well be different now which we hope is the case.

Letters to the Editor

In support of Daniel Leo

Dear Editor, Re: Daniel Leo’s fight for justice He is exactly right. I was shocked when I saw the World Rugby Council’s last group photo, and practically every face was white (SA and Japan notwithstanding).

Street Talk

Faasisili Isaako, 58

Public against Government’s banana distribution decision

The decision made by Government to prioritise commercial farmers regarding the distribution of banana has received a backlash from members of the public. Our reporter, Adel Fruean asked the public about their opinion on the decision made by the Government and they responded:

Columns

“Se’i mai le mui’a’a; tau mai na o le pua e ulā”

There is a common Samoan saying: “Tau mai na o le pua e ulā; se’i mai le mui’a’a” – “Pick only the most fragrant of frangipani; harvest the royal roots”. It is both a directive and a gentle plea.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Those parking meters A lot has been said about the Government’s move to install parking meters - good and bad.

Sunday Reading

Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

The spears flew towards the youth on the hill, whistling as they cut through the air. Grinning, Queen Medb’s general drew his sword, eager to take back to his Queen the head of this warrior whom they called the Hound of Ulster. He had no doubt his spears would find their mark.

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