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Shame of failure


Lots of things prevent us from reaching our full potential. One of these is our aversion to failure. It isn’t something we were born with. Babies feel no shame at failing something new, such as getting food to their mouths….

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The opposite of truth


Everyone wants to be right. Nobody wants to be wrong. The desire to be right is wrong. Here’s what’s wrong with wanting to be right. Firstly, the desire to be right keeps us from trying something new. New things come…

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The Whisky Experiment


The host places a rack of test tubes in front of each participant in the experiment. In each test tube is whisky. The participants are instructed to add a specified amount of water to 3 of the tubes – 2…

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The curious child


Kids wonder. Kids imagine. Kids ask questions. Lots of questions. Questions we adults can’t imagine asking. “What happens if you throw a tomato at the sun?” “Why can’t I see my eyes?” “Why did swear words get invented if we’re…

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Bird set free


The sheriff gallops into town. He slides his horse to a stop and dismounts. He doesn’t exactly tie the horse’s lead to the hitching rail, but hastily and casually drapes it over the rail. He enters his office. The horse…

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Einstein in the barn


Every home has a space where things are stored. The attic. The basement. The garage. The barn. We put things there we no longer use. We don’t toss them out because we think we might use them in the future….

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Dr Alder’s Miracle Cure


Bonnores Electro Magnetic Bathing Fluid cures cholera, neuralgia, rheumatism, paralysis, measles, female complaints, necrosis, chronic abscesses, mercurial eruptions, epilepsy and scarlet fever. And that’s just for starters. Clark Stanley’s Snake Oil Liniment cures bruises, sore throat, frost bites, animal and…

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How to build a committee


A committee is a rugby team designed by a committee. Here’s how a committee would go about selecting their team. The props are an easy pick. Kent Gerber and Tim Smith were the fattest kids in their year in school. Kent…

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Mr Ed wins Melbourne Cup!


It’s 1965. You’re 5 years old. You’re watching your favourite TV show, Mr Ed. You know that Mr Ed is a horse because your parents told you he is. Horses look like really intelligent animals. They talk. They read. They…