Finish the story: “When it came to a challenge, Jim Smiley just had to jump right in!“
When it came to a challenge, Jim Smiley just had to jump right in – just like the naive flea-circus owner (& many of us – who keep trying to overcome the odds at cards, roulette, lotteries, tax, or through discount sales) who was overtaken by bad-luck. His paraphernalia caught fire; and his wife left him.
Down & out, he looked for a dime in his pockets and found a flea. To his great surprise the flea could really jump and it did so when he commanded. Professor (so called) recovered his fortune demonstrating his flea’s great flights.
Seeking respectability, Professor experimented with the flea. He broke one of its legs and commanded it to jump – it did. Then its second & third legs – poor insect still followed the command. Finally he broke its fourth leg and commanded – the flea just rolled over. Painstakingly he documented his experiment and concluded – if all the legs of a flea is broken it cannot hear.
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