101. A cool Yule from emotional intelligence at work

Christmas greetings from emotional intelligence at work...
... and Christmas greetings from me, too
— Jeremy Marchant

Hors d'oeuvres
Quotations ‘traditionally’ misattributed (usually to Einstein, Gandhi, ...)

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.
 Widely misattributed to Albert Einstein, this appears in Informal sociology (1963) by
William Bruce Cameron, an American sociologist
Winston Churchill didn’t say

Democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.
What he said was, “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time” (my emphasis).
In other words, he was quoting someone else (in a speech in the House of Commons, 1947)

Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results.
 ... comes from an anonymous pamphlet, Narcotics anonymous (1981), produced by the
Literature subcommittee of Narcotics anonymous.  Invariably misattributed to everyone from Confucius to Father Christmas.

My blog on misattribution
> See also Quote investigator (to which thanks for the above) 
for more debunking 
Wikiquote is probably the least unreliable source of quotations on the web

Christmas crackers
Jokes (just to make that clear)
From the Edinburgh fringe
I used to be obsessed with Posh Spice. It cost me a fortune in saffronChris Turner
My wife said: ‘Did you know butterflies only live for one day?’ I said: ‘That’s a myth.’ She said: ‘No, it’s definitely a butterfly’Tom Binns
This bloke said to me: ‘I’m going to attack you with the neck of a guitar.’ I said: ‘Is that a fret?’Tim Vine

I don't like light bulbs. Because they look like the ghosts of dead pearsPaul F Taylor

A lot more of these

Christmas dinner
Please, let's put the 'awe' back in 'awesome'
Which of the following is awesome:  your lunch or the Great Pyramid of Giza?  
In this TED talk,
Jill Shargaa sounds an amusing call for us to save the word '
awesome' for things that truly inspire awe  [6:11]

Plenty of stuffing
What’s worse than bullying at work?
What is the really not nice side of being too nice?
When do bankers cheat?

 Caroline Gourlay rounds up the seven most useful, interesting or just plain weird bits of psychology from 2014

Christmas magic
Derren Brown fools Stephen Fry consummately well  [2:58]

Mince pies
The great photographer Jane Bown has died.  Here are some of her wonderful pictures for The observer
Blog : Save our climate?  Unlikely
Why it's not worth holding your breath if you expect politicians to do anything about this

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