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The Bandit and the Pandit

There once was a bandit who lived in the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains in India. From the rocky crags and deep forests that cloaked the mountainous slopes he would prey upon hapless travelers, stealing their money or killing them if they resisted. When a rich merchant wandered up the wooded path near his lair, the bandit leapt from behind a boulder brandishing his sword. "Your money or your life," he yelled in his meanest, most intimidating voice...

The Fish, The Pelican, and The Nature of Reality

Once there was a little fish who lived in the sea. It swam with a great school of other fishes, living, loving, and learning in a seemingly endless expanse that provided for its every need. The fish was happy enough. But sometimes it struggled to find food and always it swam in fear of bigger fish - or worse the white-winged creatures that plunged down upon members of its school when they least expected it...

The Panhandler’s Box

Once there was a panhandler who sat on a street corner begging for spare change from passersby. Every day he sat on the curb with a ripped and tattered cardboard sign on which he had scrawled "Help. Please." He held out his sign to one and all, while at his feet lay a black bowler hat into which they might place a coin or a bill. If people were generous he was sometimes able to beg enough for a hearty meal within a few hours. But if people were stingy...

The Ocean’s Identity Crisis

There once was an ocean with an identity crisis. It didn't know who it was. At first the ocean identified itself with its vast and unchanging nature and all was well. But the ocean grew curious to know itself and realized that it could only do so if it knew of something besides its all encompassing self...

The Immortality Suit

There once was a scientist who was obsessed with immortality. Ever since he heard of the Fountain of Youth as a boy he knew that his life quest would be to extend human life for as long as possible -- forever if he could. So dedicated was he to this goal that he devoted his every waking moment to the study of medicine, genetics, astronautics and...