Anecdotes

From absurd to insightful, Anecdotes, Urban Legends & Tall Tales that delight and enlighten…

After 60 years of marriage, an old lady on her death bed finally reveals the contents of the secret shoebox she hid from her husband all that time.

The Funny Secret To A Happy Marriage: The Story of the Secret Shoebox

Everyone wants to know the secret to a happy marriage. In fact, next to the secret of happiness alone, it may very well be number two on that list… But a conundrum is a conundrum. And, while we have offered our humble advice on such matters in the past, and continue to do so, nothing […]

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Everyone wants to know the secret to a happy marriage. In fact, next to the secret of happiness alone, it may very well be number two on that list… But a conundrum is a conundrum. And, while we have offered our humble advice on such matters in the past, and continue to do so, nothing

Did long hair really provide an intuitive advantage to Native American trackers? An account of studies apparently conducted during the Vietnam war...

Long Hair & Intuition: Native American Trackers & The U.S Military

Our culture leads people to believe that hair style is a matter of personal preference, that it is a matter of fashion and/or convenience, and that the manner in which people wear their hair is simply a cosmetic issue. Back in the Vietnam war however, an entirely different picture emerged, one that has been carefully

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Our culture leads people to believe that hair style is a matter of personal preference, that it is a matter of fashion and/or convenience, and that the manner in which people wear their hair is simply a cosmetic issue. Back in the Vietnam war however, an entirely different picture emerged, one that has been carefully

The 'Monkey Ladder': A Famous Social Experiment. Also known as 'Monkey Ladder Experiment' and Monkey Psychology Experiment'

The ‘Monkey Ladder’: A Famous Social Experiment

Though sometimes referenced as such, the monkey ladder — or monkey ladder experiment / monkey psychology experiment — was never a specific experiment per se. It’s more of an urban legend that has become somewhat of a trope, but with good reason. Read on. The Monkey Ladder A group of scientists placed five monkeys in

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Though sometimes referenced as such, the monkey ladder — or monkey ladder experiment / monkey psychology experiment — was never a specific experiment per se. It’s more of an urban legend that has become somewhat of a trope, but with good reason. Read on. The Monkey Ladder A group of scientists placed five monkeys in

The Man Who Spit In Buddha's Face

The Man Who Spit In Buddha’s Face: A Fable of Fury

The Buddha was sitting under a tree, giving a talk to an assembly of followers, when a stranger suddenly appeared, pushing through the congregation in a rage and heading straight for the sage. The Buddha’s disciples began to restrain him, but he ordered them to let the man go. They obliged, and the infuriated figure

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The Buddha was sitting under a tree, giving a talk to an assembly of followers, when a stranger suddenly appeared, pushing through the congregation in a rage and heading straight for the sage. The Buddha’s disciples began to restrain him, but he ordered them to let the man go. They obliged, and the infuriated figure

The Keeper of the Spring

The Keeper of the Spring

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do. ” ~ Edward Everett Hale In an Austrian village along the eastern slope of the Alps, an elderly man had been

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“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do. ” ~ Edward Everett Hale In an Austrian village along the eastern slope of the Alps, an elderly man had been

21 Precepts on Life From a 17th Century Master Swordsman

21 Precepts on Life From a 17th Century Master Swordsman

Miyamoto Musashi, otherwise known by his Buddhist name, Niten Dōraku, was a 17th century ronin (a samurai with no master) who displayed an otherworldly skill with the sword from an early age, coming to be renowned over the course of his life due to his level of mastery in the field. The author of 17 books,

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Miyamoto Musashi, otherwise known by his Buddhist name, Niten Dōraku, was a 17th century ronin (a samurai with no master) who displayed an otherworldly skill with the sword from an early age, coming to be renowned over the course of his life due to his level of mastery in the field. The author of 17 books,

A 4 year old, present for his dog's euthanasia, delivers an amazing truth about the reason why dogs don't live as long as humans.

Why Dogs Don’t Live as Long as Humans, Explained By A 4-Year Old

There is an old saying that tells us that dogs are our links to heaven. Anyone who has ever owned one knows this is true. Our relationship with these noble creatures stretches back all the way to pre-history, to times when we ourselves were still hunting and living off the land.  Ancient cultures worshiped them,

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There is an old saying that tells us that dogs are our links to heaven. Anyone who has ever owned one knows this is true. Our relationship with these noble creatures stretches back all the way to pre-history, to times when we ourselves were still hunting and living off the land.  Ancient cultures worshiped them,

Socrates Test of Three

On Gossip: Socrates’ “Test of Three”

In ancient Greece (469 – 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance, who ran up to him excitedly and said, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students?” “Wait a moment,” Socrates replied. “Before you tell me, I’d like

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In ancient Greece (469 – 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance, who ran up to him excitedly and said, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students?” “Wait a moment,” Socrates replied. “Before you tell me, I’d like

Living the “Good Life”: The American Executive and the Mexican Fisherman

An American executive was taking a much-needed vacation in a small village along the coast of Mexico. Early one afternoon, while standing on the pier looking out at the water, a tiny boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish, asking

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An American executive was taking a much-needed vacation in a small village along the coast of Mexico. Early one afternoon, while standing on the pier looking out at the water, a tiny boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside were several large yellowfin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish, asking

Charlie Chaplin's Greatest Speech: An Excerpt From 'The Great Dictator'

Charlie Chaplin’s Greatest Speech: An Excerpt From ‘The Great Dictator’

“The soul of man has been given wings, and at last he is beginning to fly.” I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an Emperor.  That’s not my business.  I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible. We all want to help one another — human

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“The soul of man has been given wings, and at last he is beginning to fly.” I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an Emperor.  That’s not my business.  I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible. We all want to help one another — human

Poet or Pundit? The Story of The Stranglers and The Wranglers

“The genius of a composer is found in the notes of his music; but analyzing the notes will not reveal his genius. The poet’s greatness is contained in his words; yet the study of his words will not disclose his inspiration. God reveals himself in creation; but scrutinize creation as minutely as you wish, you will not find God, any more than you will find the soul through careful examination

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“The genius of a composer is found in the notes of his music; but analyzing the notes will not reveal his genius. The poet’s greatness is contained in his words; yet the study of his words will not disclose his inspiration. God reveals himself in creation; but scrutinize creation as minutely as you wish, you will not find God, any more than you will find the soul through careful examination

A light-hearted traditional tale depicting how centuries of dogma can be born from the simplest of things. And there's a cat in it.

Dogma Cat: The Story of How One Cat Can Create Centuries of Dogma

There is an old story about a wise man and his disciples who were getting ready for their evening meditation. Just as they were about to start, a cat who lived in the monastery began mewling, circling the group and rubbing up against each student as they attempted to sit in stillness. “This cat!” complained

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There is an old story about a wise man and his disciples who were getting ready for their evening meditation. Just as they were about to start, a cat who lived in the monastery began mewling, circling the group and rubbing up against each student as they attempted to sit in stillness. “This cat!” complained

A Short Story: The Hospital Window

The Hospital Window Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the hospital window — the only one in the room. The other man spent

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The Hospital Window Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the hospital window — the only one in the room. The other man spent

"There is a story I would like to tell you about a woman who practices the invocation of the Buddha Amitabha's name..." An anecdote from Thich Nhat Hanh

The Drum, the Bell and the Buddha: A Short Story From Thich Nhat Hanh

“There is a story I would like to tell you about a woman who practices the invocation of the Buddha Amitabha’s name. She is very tough, and she practices the invocation three times daily, using a wooden drum and a bell, reciting, “Namo Amitabha Buddha” for one hour each time. When she arrives at one

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“There is a story I would like to tell you about a woman who practices the invocation of the Buddha Amitabha’s name. She is very tough, and she practices the invocation three times daily, using a wooden drum and a bell, reciting, “Namo Amitabha Buddha” for one hour each time. When she arrives at one

The Whisper Test

The Whisper Test: A Message From Mrs. Leonard

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia I grew up knowing I was different, and I hated it. I was born with a

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“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia I grew up knowing I was different, and I hated it. I was born with a

The Family Fortune

The Family Fortune

The Clarke family was nearing a dream they had been working towards for a number of years. The parents of nine children, both Clarke and his wife had laboured, saved, and lost countless hours of sleep for the better part of a decade in order to see it through. They had carefully put aside every

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The Clarke family was nearing a dream they had been working towards for a number of years. The parents of nine children, both Clarke and his wife had laboured, saved, and lost countless hours of sleep for the better part of a decade in order to see it through. They had carefully put aside every

A husband & wife return from a sermon on faith. Feeling inspired, the wife decides she will use it to move a hill - with her mind! - in the backyard... A short, humorous tale about faith (or lack thereof).

Behind The Drapes: A Humorous Story About Faith

A husband a wife were at church listening to the preacher talk about faith. “If you have the faith of but a mustard seed, you will move mountains…” After arriving home, the wife said to the husband, “I find all that talk about faith so interesting. Do you think it’s true?” “Sure do,” her husband

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A husband a wife were at church listening to the preacher talk about faith. “If you have the faith of but a mustard seed, you will move mountains…” After arriving home, the wife said to the husband, “I find all that talk about faith so interesting. Do you think it’s true?” “Sure do,” her husband

The Story of Mr. Stone and His Nosy Neighbor

The Story of Mr. Stone and His Nosy Neighbor

The occupant in the unit next to Mr. Stone’s was the quintessential nosy neighbor. Long retired, the old man had no hobbies of his own and very little company to keep him busy. As a result, he spent the majority of his days involved in the business of others, even if only from behind drawn

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The occupant in the unit next to Mr. Stone’s was the quintessential nosy neighbor. Long retired, the old man had no hobbies of his own and very little company to keep him busy. As a result, he spent the majority of his days involved in the business of others, even if only from behind drawn

The story of a young couple who, overhearing the conversation between a disabled boy and his father on a train, offer advice, believing they knew best...

Between Sight & Vision: The Young Couple Who Thought They Knew Best…

A young couple boarded a train and headed to their assigned car. While they were busy getting their belongings in place and taking their seats they noticed an older man sitting with his son a few rows back. While they knew best not to eavesdrop, the man’s son, who appeared to be in his late

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A young couple boarded a train and headed to their assigned car. While they were busy getting their belongings in place and taking their seats they noticed an older man sitting with his son a few rows back. While they knew best not to eavesdrop, the man’s son, who appeared to be in his late

We are so conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments, but great moments often catch us unawares. A cab ride Kent Nerburn gave...

The Cab Ride I’ll Never Forget

There was a time in my life twenty years ago when I was driving a cab for a living. It was a cowboy’s life, a gambler’s life, a life for someone who wanted no boss, constant movement, and the thrill of a dice roll every time a new passenger got into the cab. What I

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There was a time in my life twenty years ago when I was driving a cab for a living. It was a cowboy’s life, a gambler’s life, a life for someone who wanted no boss, constant movement, and the thrill of a dice roll every time a new passenger got into the cab. What I