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A journey of ten thousand miles…


Around 560 BC, the ancient Chinese philospher Lao-Tzu wrote that “a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” Sometimes this distance is misquoted as ten thousand miles.

Forty-two-year-old Richard Swanson, who was attempting to walk from Seattle to Sao Paulo, Brazil while dribbling a soccer ball (intending to arrive in time for the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament), found out that “a journey of ten thousand miles begins with getting hit by a truck.”

How far did Swanson get?

260 miles into his planned 10,000 mile-trip.

Apparently my dark humor is infecting my comrades. One said, “perhaps if he’d been paying more attention, instead of dribbling a soccer ball on the side of the road, he wouldn’t have been hit.”

That was my thought too, but I was too polite to say it.

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