Mary Tofts

From Wikipedia:

Mary Tofts was a maidservant from Godalming, England who in 1726 became the subject of considerable controversy due to a hoax where she was alleged by her doctors to have given birth to at least 16 rabbits…

…Sir Richard Manningham eventually exposed the rabbit birthings as a hoax, but not before many of London’s most eminent doctors had been thoroughly taken in by it. Tofts had apparently manually inserted dead rabbits into her birth canal, and then allowed them to be removed as if she were giving birth. Perhaps for cultural reasons, many doctors were hesitant to believe she had done this, preferring to believe that the rabbits had inexplicably originated inside her. In the aftermath of the hoax the medical profession received a great deal of public mockery for its gullibility.

Employee Loyalty = Stockholm Syndrome


The path of an individual employee within a large company seems to take one of two possible roads; apathy or loyalty.

The apathetic employee really loathes the company but isn’t motivated enough to leave. Instead, they spend their time doing just enough to not get fired. This backfires on some, of course. Working as hard as you can to do as little as you can without crossing over into dangerous water isn’t that easy for some to do. Those who don’t walk a fine enough line will eventually find themselves applying at another company to begin the cycle again. The folks who made the film “Office Space” really hit the nail on the head when describing this type of employee.

The loyal employee is the one with which I am the most intrigued. This brings us back to my wife (and the point of me writing this in the first place). As I mentioned earlier, my wife is very loyal to the bank. She, for instance, is always trying to “do what’s right for the bank”; a little phrase they like to throw around with reckless abandon at her shop. For me and many others this sounds just as cliche as saying things like, “we value the customer”, “service with a smile”, and “your satisfaction is our first priority”. What kills me about my wife, however, is that actually believes it when she says it. I know. I’ve known her long enough to discern truth from lip service. She wants to do what is right for the bank because she really likes her job, likes her company, likes her co-workers (most of them), and likes her boss. There are times when that’s not true, of course, but she has been at the same place for fifteen years so I’m thinking that it’s true more often than not.

Federal Source to ABC News: We Know Who You’re Calling

From the ABC News Blog:

A senior federal law enforcement official tells ABC News the government is tracking the phone numbers we call in an effort to root out confidential sources.

“It’s time for you to get some new cell phones, quick,” the source told us in an in-person conversation.

ABC News does not know how the government determined who we are calling, or whether our phone records were provided to the government as part of the recently-disclosed NSA collection of domestic phone calls.

Other sources have told us that phone calls and contacts by reporters for ABC News, along with the New York Times and the Washington Post, are being examined as part of a widespread CIA leak investigation.