Parrots and Priorities

200 Pounds of Trash

Fred Craddock tells the story of a missionary family in China who was forced to leave the country sometime after the communists took over.One day a band of soldiers knocked on the door and told this missionary, his wife, and children that they had two hours to pack up...

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A Debt of $0.00

The following story appears to be an "urban legend," but is fun to read nevertheless:In March 1992, a man living near Boston, Massachusetts received a bill for his as yet unused credit card stating that he owed $0.00. He ignored it and threw it away. In April he...

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Afraid to Speak

Farmer Joe decided his injuries from the accident were serious enough to take the trucking company to court.In court, the trucking company's fancy lawyer was questioning farmer Joe. "Didn't you say at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine'?", asked the lawyer.Farmer...

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Ambiguous Recommendations

Robert Thornton, a professor of economics at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, was, like many teachers, frustrated about having to write letters of recommendation for people with dubious qualifications, so he put together an arsenal of statements that can be read...

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Compartmentalizing Our Lives

A picky customer comes to a small food shop and sees a new delivery of fresh fruit. "Give me two pounds of oranges and wrap every orange up in a separate piece of paper, please," he says to the saleswoman. She does."And a pound of cherries, please, and wrap up every...

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Alan Smith