Here are five miscellaneous items I came across recently or a while ago. I hope you find them worth pondering.
Item #1: Fortune 500 Companies
A recent issue of National Geographic reports that almost half of Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants or their children. Here are the names of some of those companies and the country from which the founders came: Apple (Syria), Amazon (Cuba), Home Depot (Russia), Bank of America (Italy), Intel (Hungary), Facebook (Brazil), Kraft Foods (Canada), Proctor and Gamble (England, Ireland), Walgreens (Sweden), Panda Express Restaurant chain (Myanmar), Zumba Fitness (Colombia), Capital One (England), Ebay (France), Pfizer pharmaceuticals (Germany), Kohl’s (Poland), Google (Russia), Colgate (England), Bell Telephone and AT&T (Scotland), J. P. Morgan Chase (Czechia), Tesla (South Africa), Yahoo! (Taiwan), Chobani yogurt (Turkey), Big Lots! (Russia), Honeywell (Switzerland), RadioShack (England).
Item #2: 10 Important Rules
Many years ago I came across this list entitled “Life’s Golden Rules”:
1) If you open it, close it.
2) If you turn it on, turn it off.
3) If you unlock it, lock it.
4) If you break it, fix it.
5) If you can’t fix it, call someone who can.
6) If you borrow it, return it.
7) If you use it, take care of it.
8) If you make a mess, clean it up.
9) If it belongs to someone else and you want to use it, ask them first.
10) If you don’t know how to operate it, leave it alone.
(Would you add anything to this list?)
Item #3: News from a Distant Galaxy
I read this in the paper a few years ago. I cut it out, because astronomy always fascinates me:
Astronomers have discovered a distant galaxy that spits out new stars at an astronomical rate. The galaxy (S P T – CLJ2344-4243) is creating about 740 new stars a year—compared to about one a year for our own galaxy, the Milky Way. Astronomers have nicknamed the galaxy Phoenix because, at 6 billion years old, it was thought to be dead, but it came back to life in a way that still puzzles and amazes scientists… (Whenever I read anything about astronomy, I always say, “Wow!” and “How little we know!” and “What must God be like?”)
Item #4: A Photo
Here’s a photo of two sunflowers… with a brief description. (Thank you Sr. Pat Newhouse, SC, for sending me this picture).
Item #5: Funny (or not!) Puns:
How does Moses make tea? Hebrews it.
England has no kidney bank. But it does have a Liverpool.
I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.
I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.
I know a guy who is addicted to brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.
I think it’s time for me to stop this week’s reflection…
Did any of these items cause you to ponder, be amazed, or smile? If so, which one(s) and why?
PS: I am giving a weekend retreat, September 13 to 15, at Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center in Fremont, OH. The theme is “Wonder, Love, Courage, and Hope: Four Essentials for Today’s Christian.” The retreat begins at 5:00 pm Friday with supper and ends at 1:00 pm Sunday. You can stay overnight or commute. Fremont is about 35 miles southeast of Toledo, a few miles south of the turnpike. Check out their website for details: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 419-332-6522. I’d love to see you there!
Here’s another Peter Mayer song called “All the World Is One.” Let me know what you think of it…
So what do you think? My other readers and I would all love to hear from you below!