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The Quirky Truth Matthew 21:1-11

The Quirky Truth

The prophet wrote, "Your king is coming to you." And when he does, he comes on a donkey. Quirky.

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A new book reveals the strange and quirky truths behind everyday life. But can knowing how one's last name determines a career path, the secret to getting more tips as a waiter, the science behind a good joke or why a wannabe king would ride a donkey provide worthwhile insights?

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For material based on the epistle reading, see "Body Piercing," March 28, 1999, at

The closer we look at the world the more we realize just how crazy, just how "quirky," of a place it really is.

This is the premise of a new book entitled Quirkology: How We Discover Big Truths in Small Things by psychologist Richard Wiseman. For example, it's a quirky truth that the single guy in a bar who uses a strange, even weird, pickup line, is more likely than not to get the phone number of the girl he's chatting up. According to Wiseman's research, he's totally wasting his time by asking, "Come here often?" Instead you should open with, "If you were a pizza topping, what...

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