Monthly Archives: March 2013

Who was this John Hancock fellow anyway?

I saw a clip from Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? in which a woman was shocked to learn thatJohn_Hancock_1770-crop Europe was a continent, not a country.

We all have lapses in common sense (some more than others, it seems), but we should at least have some shame when we do.

I was reminded of an incident from my retail days. I was an assistant manager at a store in an outlet mall. For reasons that were never sufficiently explained, whenever I completed a refund transaction, I had to get the signature of one of the other employees — in addition to my own and to the customer’s, resulting in a most impressive triple-signature document. Continue reading