Fried human brain

This story was told to me by my uncle Dr. Djalal Abdoh, who was the United Nations Governor of British Cameroons for two years and conducted a plebiscite to decide how they should join upon decolonization. It is a true story in as much as my uncle told me. I’m retelling the story as my […]

The truth and the hundred monkey phenomenon

So the story goes: In the nineteen sixties or seventies some Japanese behavioral biologists were conducting a research project on a group of monkeys which lived around the shores on a series of islands off Japan. They fed the monkeys some kind of tuber roots (yams. sweet potatoes or something similar). The roots were not […]

Insincere story of sincere

I heard one of my heroes in the field of self-improvement tell this insincere story of sincere: The etymology of sincere is that the word comes from the Latin sine cera (without wax). It derives from the fact the the Romans loved marble statues. These were very difficult to sculpt without breakage. So the typical […]

Question of truth

I was talking to a friend yesterday about seminar leaders and self-improvement gurus who use untrue stories to back up their point. I told the story of one of the most popular (and hence richest) of these authors and how he claimed that the word desire comes from the Latin roots “De Sire” meaning of […]