Alexander de Seversky, U.S. aviator and engineer, was once visiting a fellow flyer in
the hospital. The young man had just lost his leg. De Seversky, who had had an artificial
leg for some time, tried to cheer him up. "The loss of a leg is not so great a
calamity," he said. "If you get hit on a wooden leg, it doesn't hurt a bit! Try
it!" The patient raised his walking stick and brought it down hard on de Seversky's
leg. "You see," he said cheerfully. "If you hit an ordinary man like that,
he'd be in bed for five days!" With that he left his friend and limped into the
corridor, where he collapsed in excruciating pain. It seems the young man had struck de
Seversky on his good leg!
Today in the Word, October 29, 1992.
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