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THE PENIS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD

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What happens when the head of a global accountancy partnership sends out a media release with a grammatical error? What happens when a hospital’s website has a spelling mistake in a headline? Or an airline’s website contains typographical errors? Consciously,…

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YOUR CHAOTIC BRAIN

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Imagine that your brain is a room with a hundred billion mousetraps. Now drop a ping pong ball into that room. What happens? Well, what follows is total chaos. Hundreds of thousands of mousetraps spring wildly into the air. They…

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IDEAS ABOVE YOUR STATION

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“She has ideas above her station.” Have you heard this old English phrase? It was a way to keep people in their social classes, to stop them from daring to entertain thoughts that were seen to be the exclusive right…

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AN OPTIMIST FALLS OFF A HORSE

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There are some excellent reasons for being optimistic. For starters, optimists live longer than pessimists. Psychological analysis of patients at the Mayo Clinic showed that optimists live 19% longer than pessimists – a statistic sure to make pessimists miserable. In…

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Welcome Screw A and Screw B

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I love self-assembly items. Probably just as well because we live in a flatpack world. It’s not so much the assembly that I love. It’s the instructions. The wackier the better. Maybe it’s because most of my career has been…

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Never paint a nursery yellow

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Did you know that people who work in predominantly green environments have fewer stomach aches? Too much exposure to red creates anxiety, increases your heart rate and provokes anger. That’s why you see red. If grey is a dominant colour…

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Too many adjectives

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A new apartment building boasts ‘quality Miele appliances’. I guess that’s to differentiate them from the other sort of Miele appliances. A news headline announces, ‘Astronomers set to make groundbreaking black hole announcement’. Is groundbreaking physically possible in a black…

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A prisoner of your mind

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Two students. Michael believes he was born with the gift of intelligence. He believes his intelligence is fixed and there’s nothing he can do to change that. Tania believes intelligence is a mindset. She feels she has the power to…