Arthur Berry was described by Time as "the slickest second-story man in the East," truly one of the most famous jewel thieves of all times. In his years of crime, he committed as many as 150 burglaries and stole jewels valued between $5 and $10 million. He seldom robbed from anyone not listed in the Social Register and often did his work in a tuxedo. On an occasion or two, when caught in the act of a crime by a victim, he charmed his way out of being reported to the police. Like most people who engage in a life of crime, he was eventually caught, convicted and served 25 years in prison for his crimes. Following his release, he worked as a counterman in a roadside restaurant on the East Coast for $50 a week. A newspaper reporter found him and interviewed him about his life. After telling about the thrilling episodes of his life he came to the conclusion of the interview saying, "I am not good at morals. But early in my life I was intelligent and clever, and I got along well with people. I think I could have made something of my life, but I didn't. So when you write the story of my life, when you tell people about all the burglaries, don't leave out the biggest one of all... Don't just tell them I robbed Jesse Livermore, the Wall Street baron or the cousin of the king of England. You tell them Arthur Berry robbed Arthur Berry." Here are six terrific truths about time: First: Nobody can manage time. But you can manage those things that take up your time. Second: Time is expensive. As a matter of fact, 80 percent of our day is spent on those things or those people that only bring us two percent of our results.Read More »
Another fun hypothetical situation from Chuck Klosterman’s Hypertheticals. Leave your comment below!
Defying all expectations, a group of Scottish marine biologists capture a live Loch Ness Monster. In almost an unbelievable coincidence, a bear hunter in the Pacific Northwest shoots a Sasquatch in the thigh, thereby allowing zoologists to take the furry monster into captivity. These events happen on the same afternoon. That evening, the President of the United States announces that he may have thyroid cancer and will undergo a biopsy later that week.
You are the front-page editor of the New York Times: What do you run as the biggest story and why?
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What can we really control in life?
Individually, we can’t control the economy, the weather, the performance of our favorite sports team, or the actions of other people. They happen whether we like it or not.
Everything that we can control comes from within. There are two major factors we can control that will lead to greater success and achievement.
We decide how to utilize these factors every single day.
Our attitude is purely our own choice. No matter what people say or do to us, we have the decision of how we will react. Some people choose to just have a bad attitude about almost everything. You buy them a cake and they complain about the frosting. They get a raise and promotion and they complain about the increase in responsibility.…Read More »
A few years ago on a college campus, a ceramics professor decided to try an experiment on one of his classes. At the start of the semester he divided the class into two groups and explained that each group would be graded differently.
Group 1 would be graded on the total number of pots they could create throughout the semester, with a minor importance given to quality.
Group 2 would be graded on just one pot. They had all semester to work on just one pot so they better make it impressive.
At the end of the semester, the students all turned in their work for grading. To the professor’s amusement, the 5 highest quality pots all came from the group who was focused on quantity over quality.…Read More »
I just finished reading Dan Brown’s new book Inferno and as I read, the following hypothetical situation came to mind:
You are a brilliant scientist and expert in the area of infectious diseases. One day, a high-ranking official from the U.N. comes and convinces you that the human race will not survive another 50 years due to overpopulation and limited resources. The only hope for survival beyond that point would be to find a way to eliminate at least 1/3 of the human population as soon as possible. He has a design for creating a new virus that will spread through out the world and be fatal to about 1/3 of the people who contract it.
You are the only one with the expertise to produce and release it.…Read More »
This weekend I came across a video of kids breaking through wooden boards with their hands. I was curious about the technique that these kids were taught in karate class so I started researching it. The first page I found was at www.WikiHow.com, which had an article called "How to Break a Board with Your Bare Hand." As I read through the steps, I was amazed at how similar the steps for breaking a board are to the steps for overcoming all other obstacles in life. Here are the steps, word for word from the WikiHow website: How to Break a Board with Your Bare Hands #1. Empty your mind. Relax. Don't think about success or failure. Take a calming breath. Focus yourself first. Unless you are extremely weak or sick (in which case you shouldn't be breaking boards at all), mental preparation is the most important aspect of the technique.Read More »
You are offered a Brain Pill. If you swallow this pill, you will become 10 percent more intelligent than you currently are; you will be more adept at reading comprehension, logic, and critical thinking.
However, to all other people you know (and to all future people you meet), you will seem 20 percent less intelligent.
In other words, you will immediately become smarter, but the rest of the world will perceive you as dumber (and there is no way you can ever alter the universality of that perception).
Do you take this pill?
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Summer is here and in Arizona it means some really hot weather. Those of us who live here spend time moving from an air-conditioned house to an air-conditioned car to the air-conditioned store and back again. Or we end up in a swimming pool.
As soon as our kids are out of school, they start swim team. Every morning they go to one of the public pools for an hour and work on their swim strokes. Then, every Thursday night is the swim meet, where they can compete for a ribbon.
My oldest son is a really good swimmer. He learned to swim really young and he is just a natural in the water.
He also has a tough time wanting to go and compete.
He feels most comfortable staying at home where his world is predictable and there is little fear of failure.…Read More »