Bird set free - image for article by Greg Alder

Bird set free

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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…

Einstein in the barn - image for article by Greg Alder

Einstein in the barn

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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

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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…

How to build a committee - image for article by Greg Alder

How to build a committee

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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…

Mr Ed wins Melbourne Cup - image for article by Greg Alder

Mr Ed wins Melbourne Cup!

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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…

Why do cows live longer than birds - image for article by Greg Alder

Why do cows live longer than birds?

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Is your circle of friends killing your business? Where did your childhood go wrong? And what do these questions have to do with innovation in regional communities? Let’s start. About 100 years ago, scientist Max Kleiber discovered a mathematical pattern….

Love comes first - image for article by Greg Alder

Love comes first

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In the kitchen of a restaurant on an island off the East coast of Australia, the cook lifts another Moreton Bay bug onto his chopping board. With practiced casualness, he makes incisions in the membrane where the head and body…

We are young - image for article by Greg Alder

We are young

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Don’t talk to me about growing old. Don’t talk to me about aches you never used to have. Don’t talk to me about noises your body now makes when you move. Don’t talk to me about the pills you’re on…

all the lives that do not fit - image for article by Greg Alder

All the lives that do not fit

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Early in the 19th century, an Italian named Lorenzo ran a grocery store in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, a town of 700 people. He augmented the modest earnings from his shop by giving Italian lessons. In a town that size and at…