On this day in history, October 24, 1901, Annie Edson Taylor, was the first person to take the plunge over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
The 63-year-old schoolteacher was hurting financially and seeking fame, so she came up with this stunt she thought would grab the public’s attention. Continue reading
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Chuck Swindoll, in Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back, tells a story about a father concerned about the danger of a nearby canal, ordered his son, “Don’t swim in the canal.”
“OK, Dad,” he answered.
However, later that day he saw his son coming home carrying a wet swimsuit.
“Where have you been?” demanded the father.
“Swimming in the canal,” answered the boy. Continue reading
I am writing this at 35,000 feet aboard a Southwest Jet headed to Tampa. The plane is packed. Partly because Hurricane Matthew is bearing down on the east coast of Florida and flights into Miami and Ft Lauderdale have been cancelled.
While waiting at Love Field in Dallas I read that nearly two million people are evacuating Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas as Matthew approaches. Since the storm has already devastated Haiti, hit eastern Cuba and pounded the Bahamas, this is a prudent response. Continue reading
“I’m the marshmallow man,” says Columbia University Professor Walter Mischel.
Over the past 50 years his “Marshmallow Test” has become synonymous with the concepts of self-control, temptation, and delayed gratification. The test is simple. A child is given a single marshmallow and this choice: Eat this one now. Or wait for 15 minutes and you can eat two! As you can imagine the results are a bit comical as kids twist and turn trying to control themselves from eating! Continue reading