Why Salespeople Want You To “Act Now”

When was the last time you saw some type of sales ad? It’s hard to go 5 minutes without being bombarded by some sales pitch. After hearing them for a while, patterns start to show up. For example, the ads almost always tell you to “Act Now!” It should come as no surprise this is…

The Snake Bite

Baburam Jakhar watched the religious ceremony intently. After all, a part of this ceremony involved a snake charmer and a live cobra. Part of the ceremony involved wrapping the cobra around Jakhar’s neck, to which he stood like a statue. However, when this was attempted, the snake struck the side of Jakhar’s head, injecting deadly…

The Flood of Neglect

In 1992, Chicago was every bit as busy as it is today. In a growing and thriving city like this, often times repair projects get put on the back burner. The problem started when the city approved the replacement of support pillars on the Kinzie Street Bridge. Unknown to the workers, there was an old…

Diaper Thieves

I get it. Being the father of two young children who have filled diapers with the best of them, I understand the unending, insatiable need for diapers. The thought of stealing diapers, however, is about as petty as it gets. Nevertheless, over the weekend the Diaper Bank of North Carolina had 13,000 diapers stolen. Apparently…

The Straw that Broke the Camel’s Back

So what is the straw that broke the camel’s back?  1907 pounds is the heaviest load a camel has ever carried (Yare Camel Camp), so it seems 1908 pounds would be the preverbal “final straw.” Most of us are familiar with and have even experienced this expression.  We have all had times in our lives…

The Frayed Rope

A tourist wanted to visit a beautiful monastery.  The problem was, it was located 3,000 feet up a cliff.  The only way to reach it was by a terrifying ride in a basket with several men pulling it up with a single rope.  Reluctantly, the tourist and a monk climbed into the basket.  About half…