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    How much money does happiness cost?

    February 29th, 2012

    Study after study shows that inhabitants of richer countries are, on average, significantly happier than those in poorer ones — but there are clear limits to what money can buy. Read the rest of this entry »


    How digital revolution was launched

    February 28th, 2012

    Sometimes it is the most unassuming people who launch the world’s most revolutionary developments. Read the rest of this entry »


    Too bad about that great story

    February 27th, 2012

    For years, motivational speakers have told the inspirational story of a 1953 survey of graduating Yale students. The seniors were asked whether they had specific, written goals for the future. Three percent of them answered affirmatively. Twenty years later, the researchers surveyed the surviving students of the class of 1953 and found that the three percent who had graduated with written goals had amassed more money than the other 97 percentcombined.

    It’s a perfect illustration of the value of setting concrete goals. Unfortunately, as First Company magazine discovered when checking the story out, it’s not true. While such professional speakers as Tony Robbins and Zig Ziglar often cite the study in books and speeches, a study of the Yale alumni archives unearthed no evidence of any such study.

    Notes from Fast Company, January 1997.


    Harlan Sanders cooks success with fried chicken

    February 27th, 2012

    At age 65 when most fry cooks retire broke and unfulfilled, Harlan Sanders didn’t just shuffle off to the Lard Manor Retirement Home. Read the rest of this entry »


    A blind climb to the top of the world

    February 26th, 2012

    “Blind people have to take chances in order to grow up,” says  Erik Weihenmayer (1968- ), the first blind person to climb Mt. Everest. Read the rest of this entry »


    Bill Gates rules for life, work, success

    February 25th, 2012

    Rule 1: Life is not fair; get used to it.

    Rule 2: The world won’t care about Read the rest of this entry »


    The peasant girl who rallied a demoralized France

    February 24th, 2012

    Faith in the sacred voices she heard enabled an illiterate, peasant teenager, Joan of Arc, to rally a demoralized France and successfully lead its armies into battle against Read the rest of this entry »


    Debt collector’s thumb persuasion

    February 23rd, 2012

    The unique employee relations policies of Daniel Provenzano (1965- ) of Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, might have been the inspiration for his debut as a filmmaker. In pleading guilty to two counts of racketeering and Read the rest of this entry »


    Famous chicken job that no one wanted

    February 22nd, 2012

    It is March, 1974, the Friday before the Easter break at San Diego State University.  A local radio station can’t find any of its staff members willing to don a chicken costume and Read the rest of this entry »


    Bladder-busting college students

    February 21st, 2012

    I.U. is a very good academic school. But some companies won’t want to hire a guy who comes from the biggest party school. They’ll think all I did was drink. Read the rest of this entry »


    A vision of music

    February 20th, 2012

    You must have a vision, to believe in something. You must also have perseverance. There were times when my better sense wondered whether I should Read the rest of this entry »


    Birthday parties of the rich, famous, and infamous

    February 19th, 2012

    Concerts at Carnegie Hall, polo with Britain’s Prince Charles, basketball with star athletes, and a week-long party that featured an ice sculpture of Michelangelo’s David peeing vodka, are a few Read the rest of this entry »


    Absolute wisdom

    February 18th, 2012

    An angel appears at a faculty meeting and tells the dean that in return for his unselfish and exemplary behaviour, the Lord will reward him with his choice of infinite wealth, wisdom or beauty. Without hesitation, the dean selects infinite wisdom.  “Done!” says the angel, and disappears in a bolt of lightning. Now all heads turn towards the dean, who sits surrounded by a faint halo of light. At length, one of his colleagues whispers, “Say something!” The dean looks at them. “I should have taken the money.”

    From Absolute Zero Gravity (1992), by U.S. journalist Betsy Devine (1946- ), and mathematical biologist Joel E. Cohen (1944- ).


    Amelia Earhart’s blast for gender equality

    February 17th, 2012

    It’s time biology and sex are squeezed out of accomplishment and we are all looked at as persons. Why, the Senate of Canada has actually established that women Read the rest of this entry »


    The $8 billion car

    February 16th, 2012

    Television and film actor Don Johnson — who starred in the 1970s TV series “Miami Vice” — had just crossed the border from Switzerland into Germany in his black Mercedes, headed for the Maybach car factory of Daimler Chrysler near Stuttgart, when he was stopped by German customs officials. Read the rest of this entry »


    Successful failures

    February 15th, 2012

    A few examples of successful failures, culled from Ed Lucaire’s book, Celebrity Setbacks: 800 Stars Who Overcame the Odds (1994). Read the rest of this entry »


    How to save a drowning nation

    February 14th, 2012

    Tuvalu is expected to be the first nation to disappear under the Pacific Ocean, because of rising ocean levels caused by global warming. The prime minister doesn’t seem too concerned. He has a plan. Read the rest of this entry »