There once was a poor, rural family who were greatly concerned because their little boy had not started talking. The family didn’t have many resources to call upon, so the problem went on for a long time.
Just about a year before he succumbed to cancer, Tony Snow, former political pundit, speech writer and White House press secretary, said the following to the 2007 graduating class at the Catholic University of America:
Our planet is on the outer edge of our galaxy, The Milky Way. Light from stars on the opposite edge takes 100,000 years to reach us—and that is traveling more than 186,000 miles per second. Our sun is only one among two hundred billion stars in our galaxy.
J. Floyd Jones in the 1958 Word Lectures at Guilford College told of a Maine farmer who built his stone fence four feet wide and three feet high. Why? That way if it blows over it will be better than it was before.
Alan Greenspan acknowledged in his recent book, The Age of Turbulence, "There are errors in this book. I do not know where they are. If I did, they wouldn’t be there. But with close to two hundred thousand words, my probabilistic mind tells me some are wrong. My apologies in advance."