Very Precise Fortune Cookies

Written by David Leonhardt

Very Precise Fortune Cookies By David Leonhardt

I cracked openrepparttar fortune cookie and readrepparttar 118128 little slip of paper onrepparttar 118129 inside. Immediately I realized that it had been written by a weather forecaster.

"You will be approached inrepparttar 118130 late afternoon by a pink polka-dot octopus..."

It continued onrepparttar 118131 other side: "... and asked to provide details of your application for a yellow cloud mulching permit."

Two things struck me about this particular fortune. The first is that they have come a long way in their ability to predict exactly what will happen and when, just like weather forecasters. This is undoubtedly due to recent technological developments. Laser technology, for example. Nano technology. Robotics. Bioengineering. And so many other specialized fields have been developed to points of precision unimagined just a generation ago.

And it's not justrepparttar 118132 weather forecasters.

In London, Ontario, specialists are performing microscopic cardiac surgery on patients miles away using a robot named CSTAR (Can't you just wait for new parents to start naming their children afterrepparttar 118133 famous surgeon, CSTAR?). This has opened uprepparttar 118134 door to many benefits, such as sending robots to remote locations without having to worry about a surgeon replacingrepparttar 118135 wrong organs due to jet lag.

Butrepparttar 118136 real benefit was revealed when one surgeon confided in me: "You knowrepparttar 118137 world is a better place when we don't have to scrub our hands before surgery anymore."

I can call anybody in North America onrepparttar 118138 telephone and they will answer in real time. Not only is this a better response than I can give people face-to-face, butrepparttar 118139 telephone cables direct my call torepparttar 118140 exact person I want, savingrepparttar 118141 other 400 million telephone subscribersrepparttar 118142 inconvenience of having to say, "Wrong number...again!" Just a few decades ago, Switchboard Suzie was manually connecting everybody.

Why Is There "Egg" On My Hamburger?

Written by Jim Edwards

Have you ever had egg and red beet root on your hamburger?

I haven't... in fact, when I pulledrepparttar top ofrepparttar 118127 bun off my burger at "Hungry Jack's" and saw notrepparttar 118128 usual pickle, onion and special sauce, but beet root and a fried egg, you could have picked my chin up offrepparttar 118129 floor with a spatula.

HOW inrepparttar 118130 world does anybody eat egg and beet root on ahamburger?

I looked aroundrepparttar 118131 hamburger shop and realized that other people were eating egg on their hamburgers too... and to them it seemed quite normal.

Then I looked aroundrepparttar 118132 restaurant a bit more and realizedthe "Hungry Jack's" is actually "Burger King" (minus the"King").

Onrepparttar 118133 way back torepparttar 118134 hotel we stopped at Starbucks and I ordered a "venti half caf" (translation "large half regular half decaf"). My ability to order at Starbucks is one o frepparttar 118135 few things I do in life that makes me feel "hip" and cool. So I gave my order with my usual style and flair, andrepparttar 118136 girl looked at me and said "Excuse me?"

So, realizing that my American accent was probably getting inrepparttar 118137 way (it's my turn to berepparttar 118138 one who "talks" funny), I told her again - "Venti half caf".

She looked at me for another minute and shook her head. She actually looked a little helpless with this foolish American standing in front of her. So, I explained, "I want a large half regular, half decafmixed together. "A look of understanding instantly washed over her face and she looked at me and said " You want a 'weak' coffee."

This morning I went to Krispy Kreme and, after help withthe translation from a very patient lady behind thecounter, we figured out I wanted a "flat white" and Terri wanted a "flat black" coffee.

The Australians have demonstrated enormous patience with me and their hospitality has been truly incredible!! One ofrepparttar 118139 amazing things that's happening to me (right now, this very minute), is that since I've been thrown so far out of my comfort zone and familiar surroundings that my mind is absolutely on fire with possibilities, ideas,and new patterns of thinking.

I wanted to share with you some ofrepparttar 118140 more interestingthings I've seen and noticed here in (Sydney):** "Relax Mate" **People are a lot more laid back here. We're staying inrepparttar 118141 largest city in Australia, and people are still laid back and seem more relaxed than I'm used to in my own life in "small town" America.

What it's made me realize is that you can still succeed and you don't have to be stressed out allrepparttar 118142 time!

I'm going to take a little of this relaxation home with me!

** The Fighting Father ** I met one ofrepparttar 118143 most unique, colorful, caring, and just plain "cool" people I've ever met in my life, Father DaveSmith. Father Dave isrepparttar 118144 pastor of an inner-city church who does youth outreach through a boxing program and other innovative programs.

Father Dave is a model of innovation, purpose and thinkingin non-traditional patterns to accomplish your objectives. He's reminded me that thinking "outsiderepparttar 118145 box" combined with a clear and congruent purpose in your life can overcome basically any obstacle that may come your way.

Bottom Line: you're never defeated until you admitdefeat... and a strong purpose (WHY) will overcome ANY"problem" that pops up.

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