Sometimes, you read a story, that is just so profound that it’s a story that you’ll never forget. This is such a story. A story to remember.
Once there was a man who lost one of his arms in an accident. He became very depressed because he had been an avid golfer. One day, in despair, he decided to commit suicide. He got on an elevator, went to the top of a building and prepared to jump.
As he was standing on the ledge looking down, he saw a man skipping along, whooping and hollering, and kicking up his heels. He looked closer and saw that the man didn’t have ANY arms. He started thinking… what am I doing up here feeling sorry for myself, I still have one good arm to do things with. There goes a man with no arms skipping down the sidewalk. He’s happy and is going on with his life.
He hurried down and caught up with the man with no arms. He told him how glad he was to see him because he had lost one of his arms and felt useless and was going to kill himself. He thanked him again for saving his life and said he knew he could make it with one arm if that guy could go on with no arms at all.
The man with no arms began dancing and whooping and kicking up his heels again. He asked, ‘Why are you so happy anyway?’
He said, “‘I’m NOT happy………My balls itch.”
A motorist who was texting on her mobile phone when she hit and killed a cyclist has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Jordan Wickington, 19, died from head injuries when he went through a red light and was struck by Kiera Coultas’s car in Southampton in February 2007. The 25-year-old from Hythe, Hampshire, was driving at 45mph in a 30mph zone.
Miss Coultas had earlier been found guilty at Southampton Crown Court of causing death by dangerous driving.
OK , she shouldn’t have been using her cellphone while driving. There is way too much of that goes on; talking with only one hand on the wheel is bad enough, let alone texting, where people have to take their eyes off the road to read and reply to such messages.
She shouldn’t have been driving at 45mph in a 30mph zone. She might have had time to stop before hitting the cyclist if she’d not been playing with the phone, and if she’d have been driving slower.
However, the one question remains. Why do many cyclists totally ignore all road signs? Time and time again, I’ve witnessed cyclists riding through red lights; or going the wrong way up a one way street, or up and down the sidewalk or other erratic behavior. They surely need some education, and to pay some due care and attention on the road as well as drivers of motorized vehicles.
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Allan Pinkerton (1819-1884), famous for creating the Pinkerton detective agency and developing investigative techniques such as unveiling a suspect and doing undercover work, died of an infection after biting his tongue when he slipped on a sidewalk!