Sunday, July 29, 2007


I have wanted to write about this since the middle of last week. It seems that despite all the bad news coming out about the people in this country and the rest of the world, in general, there is still enough reason to trust the 21st century Homo Sapiens.

A study conducted by the Reader’s Digest showed that most of the inhabitants of this planet are still honest. Reader’s Digest deliberately lost 30 mid priced cell phones in each of the more than 30 cities all over the world where they conducted an experiment. The phones which had available call credits, were left in restaurants, bus stations and other public places and called to find out if the finders will agree to return it.

In Manila, 24 out of the 30 phones were returned—WHOA!!!! Other cities which got high marks include Ljubljana, Slovenia (29), Toronto,Canada (28), Seoul, South Korea (27), and Stockholm,Sweden (26). Other Asian countries mentioned were Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (13 each).

"What we found out surprised and intrigued us," said Conrad Kiechel, RD's Editorial Director. "Despite the temptation that people must have felt to keep the phones, and the fact that the test imposed on everyone's time, the average return rate was a remarkable 68 percent, or about two thirds of the 30 phones we dropped in each city."

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