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Caught Cheating

In the 2000 Berlin Marathon, the 26-plus miles were a bit too much for some runners. At about the 15½-mile mark, 33 of them ducked off the course and caught a subway. They didn't return to the course until just before the end of the race.  Problem is, they forgot about the computer chips they were wearing—to automatically record the runners' times at 5-kilometer intervals. They were disqualified and their times erased from the race results.  No shortcuts are allowed in a marathon. Likewise, no shortcuts are allowed in our Christian race. We must stay on the road of truth to walk with God.

Reference: "That's 1 way to increase transit use, " The Arizona Republic (9-22-00)

Sticky-Fingered High School Students

If you’re a storeowner—or, for that matter, a friend or relative of a high school student—it might be a good idea to watch your belongings when teenagers come around.

An anonymous survey of 29,760 students at 100 randomly selected high schools found that 30 percent of American high-school students admitted to stealing from a store in the past year (35 percent of boys, and 26 percent of girls). 20 percent admitted to stealing something from a friend. 23 percent admitted to stealing from a parent or relative.

Despite these results, almost all the students (93%) said they were satisfied with their personal ethics, and the great majority (77%) indicated that “when it comes to doing what is right, I am better than most people I know.”

Students were given the survey in class with anonymity assured. The Josephson Institute, an LA-based ethics organization, conducted the survey.

Reference: David Crary, Associated Press, “More kids say they cheat,” The Arizona Republic (12/1/08)

More High School Students Cheating

More high school students are cheating, and most of the cheaters don’t feel guilty about it.

An anonymous survey of 29,760 students at 100 randomly selected high schools found that 64 percent of American high school students cheated on a test in the past year, and 38 percent cheated two or more times. This was an increase from 60 percent and 35 percent in a 2006 survey.

36 percent of the students admitted to using the Internet to plagiarize an assignment, an increase from 33 percent in a 2004 survey.

Despite these results, almost all the students (93%) said they were satisfied with their personal ethics, and the great majority (77%) indicated that “when it comes to doing what is right, I am better than most people I know.”

Students were given the survey in class with anonymity assured. The Josephson Institute, an LA-based ethics organization, conducted the survey.

Reference: David Crary, Associated Press, “More kids say they cheat,” The Arizona Republic (12/1/08)

The Consequences of Dishonesty

An economic mystery is why some countries remain so poor when they are so rich in natural resources. The reason is not too complicated, according economist Thomas Sowell in his book Basic Economics. A culture o... [Read More]

Reference: Thomas Sowell, Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy (Basic Books, 2007), pp. 366-367

Honesty Pays Off

Donald Douglas of the Douglas Aircraft Company (which became McDonnell Douglas) was competing with Boeing Aircraft to sell Eastern Airlines its first big jets. Eddie Rickenbacker, the head of Eastern Airlines,... [Read More]

Reference: Jerry White, Honesty, Morality & Conscience (Navpress, 1979), p. 71

Obama Refuses to Play

In December of 2008, Rod Blagojevich, the governor of Illinois, was caught on tape trying to hawk President-elect Barack Obama’s now-vacant senate seat to the highest bidder, as the right to appoint a replacement fall... [Read More]

Reference: General news story

Lottery Scams

A common scam these days is the Lottery Scam. Here’s how it works:

You get a call or email or letter saying you have won an international lottery! Even though you never bought a ticket, your email address was random... [Read More]

Reference: hoax-slayer.com

Nigerian Scam

One of the most common Internet scams is the Nigerian Scam, so named because so many of these fraudulent emails originate in that country. It works like this:

You receive an email asking for your help in accessing a... [Read More]

Reference: hoax-slayer.com

Grant and Lee

In General Ulysses S. Grant’s autobiography, he describes the surrender scene with General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865, a meeting that in effect ended the Civil War.

But it was a meet... [Read More]

Reference: Ulysses S. Grant, The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant (Konecky & Konecky), pp. 626-630