You’re on a flight caught up in a storm. The plain keeps wobbling. Passengers with weak stomachs are doing their best to fight motion sickness.
A look outside the window. It’s pitch black, once in a while you’ll see the odd thunder flashing among dark clouds.
But don’t worry, the pilot of the plane is very honest. So much so, when he talks in the cabin radio, he says:
“This is your captain speaking. I’ve never experienced such a storm, the plane is going out of my control. Right now, I don’t think we’ll get out of this…
I had a friend called Daniel in high school. He was skinny, with glasses, long arms and a big heart. One of the nicest people I’ve ever met.
Now, let me introduce you to another friend of mine called Toufik. You’d always find him with an arm wrapped around Daniel’s shoulder, a devilish smirk on his face. Their conversations usually went this way:
“I don’t have money on me right now, can you lend me some? I’ll pay you back next week…”
Daniel would moan, “You know I’m not a bank, right?”
“HA HA HA HA!” Toufik would pull off…
Ever heard of “self-flagellation”?
Back in the days when a monk or a religious person thought they did something horrible, the’d pull out some kind of whip and flog their backs repeatedly. They’d do it until they believed their sin had been forgiven — sometimes they went on for hours.
The school system has led you to believe that your intelligence is based on logical questions in the IQ tests. Questions like this:
“If it takes 5 machines 5 minutes to make 5 widgets, how long would it take 100 machines to make 100 widgets?”
Depending on your answers, you’re slapped an IQ that can be anything between 70 and 200 — the higher, the smarter.
You see, IQ matters in school because it represents your ability to connect dots and solve logical problems. …
You see, as an author of suspense books, I realized what I was truly offering my readers.
Maybe it sounds like a dumb realization to those who’ve been writing for a long time, but I realized that what people paid me for as a writer was entertainment.
The definition of entertainment on Wikipedia is “a form of activity that holds the attention and interest of an audience or gives pleasure and delight.”
We writers entertain with stories and ideas in a written form. After reading a book called Wired for Stories, those two concepts merged in a scary…
I wish there was a “heart-repair man.”
Whenever a heart malfunctions, you call him over. He dips his hands inside your heart, moves something here… moves something there… and voilà, your heart is back to normal.
A world with such a professional, everyone would always be happy, there would be no wars, just unconditional love for one another.
Sadly that world is as real as Hogwarts…
In the real world, your heart can’t be fixed that easily. In fact, if your heart’s broken right now, you probably feel like it’s going to be that way forever. Don’t worry, I’m not…
Quick question. Which one of these has leads to certain death…
2. Entering the lion’s den at a zoo.
3. Suggesting in any way, shape or form that your girl is unattractive.
The Rock has received his fair share of slaps as a wrestler, he won’t feel yours, but he’ll definitely pin you to the ground.
The lions — if grown in captivity — might not attack you as long as you don’t give them your back or scream like a little girl.
You guessed it… Number 3. She’ll either kill you or…
Yes it’s a little harsh but someone needs to tell you that.
You’ve read all the posts on how “someone like you” made their millions using [INSERT WHATEVER METHOD]. Your mind is packed full of ways to make 10 grand in 1 month.
I’ve read hundreds of them. My bank account still has barely three figures, not seven.
If you feel like you’ve been grinding forever, perpetually an arm's length away from success, stuck in a never-ending treadmill, then this article is for you. This time, there will be no motivational speech. Let’s keep it real, this situation sucks.
While walking down the sidewalk, a young man in a suit and sunglasses walked past you. Beside him, three supermodels — a Russian, an Italian and an American, like the beginning of a joke.
Your gaze follows him to his shiny new sports car, which doors open vertically. The ladies walk in giggling while he maintains a cool, confident demeanor.
Despite a moment of hesitation, you approach him. He’s at the wheel and rolls down the window when he sees you coming.
“What’s up?” He smirks.
“C-c-can I ask a question?”
He nods. You lean in.
Zinaida Portnova’s life changed — negatively or positively, depending on how you see it — in year 1941. She was 15 at the time.
The Germans under Adolf Hitler were determined for world domination and weren’t going to take anything less.
They planned to conquer the western Soviet Union (modern Russia and East Europe) to use its people for manual labor needed to support their war efforts while repopulating the area with Germans.
Hundreds of thousands of soldiers marched without fear, as far as 200 miles into the country. Within few months, 2.5 …