Lifestyles have changed since the first Earth Day

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-- Aunt Bee

Happy Earth Day.

I remember the first one in 1970. It was a Wednesday, and they had several posters up at my high school challenging us not to litter.

Thirty-eight years later, we worry about the fuel efficiency of our vehicles, and we recycle cans, plastic bags, newspapers (thank you) and other things we would have probably just thrown out the window decades ago.

Things have changed, but we still seem to have a way to go. At least, I don't think people litter as much.

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THANK YOU: The Community Ministry of North Augusta invited me for lunch Monday, and I think we all had a good time. The meal was great. So was dessert. And that Wesley Center is amazing.

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NUTRITIONAL MOMENT: Bill Wood , of Hephzibah, shares the following observations.

1. Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

2. Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

3. Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

4. Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

5. Germans drink beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

6. The French eat foie gras, full fat cheese and drink red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

Conclusion: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

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TODAY'S JOKE: Three men were hiking through a forest when they came upon a large raging, violent river. Needing to get to the other side, the first man prayed: "God, please give me the strength to cross the river."

A clap of thunder rang out and he suddenly had big arms and strong legs and was able to swim across in about two hours, having almost drowned twice.

After witnessing that, the second man prayed: "God, please give me strength and the tools to cross the river."

Another clap of thunder and he found a nearby rowboat, and he was able to row across in about an hour after almost capsizing once.

Seeing what happened to the first two men, the third man prayed: "God, please give me the strength, the tools and the intelligence to cross the river."

A third clap of thunder and the man was turned into a woman. She checked the map, hiked 100 yards upstream and walked across the bridge.


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