BBC Radio Leicester

Thought for the Day broadcast 14 March 2006

© John Denney 22 february 2006




Did you know that on average:

        The length of a wire coat hanger is 44 inches.But donít take it apart to measure it: your trousers will fall off in your wardrobe.

        A gallon of milk takes 345 squirts from a cowís udder when milked by hand.If the milkmaidís hands are warm, of course.

        A lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long.So long as you donít press too hard and break it, of course.

        A mature oak tree sheds approximately 700,000 leaves every autumn, providing ample excuses for the train companies.

        Cats sleep for 16 hours a day, more than any other mammal.I can vouch for this.

        Cats eat 28 times their own weight in food each year, and the same amount again in liquids.I can vouch for this too.

        Women say 7,000 words per day.Men manage just over 2000.I darenít vouch for this at all.

        The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.Or less than that, if itís a dull sermon from the vicar.


The thing is, though, that you and I are anything but average.Weíre unique.Not just our fingerprints and our DNA.I know a set of triplets; oneís smaller than the other two, but they look absolutely identical.However, you soon get to recognise each one by their different, matchless personalities.


God knows us like that. He even said Look, I've written your names on the backs of my hands.[1]For God, youíre special.

[1] Isaiah 49:16a MSG