Monday, July 03, 2006

Of Silk Purses and Sows' Ears

This is in the category of “Truisms That Aren’t”. We’ve all heard them:
  • “You can’t get blood from a turnip.”
  • “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.”
  • “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.”
Well, it turns out you can. It takes innovation and creative thinking and a lot of time and money. But you can do it. Not only can you…but determined people did…back in 1921! And here’s the proof.

Next time you hear a truism, remember that there’s a “but….” at the end. And think of all those inventors and innovators who didn’t believe what they were told.

1 comment:

Margaret Rome said...

And you can make the horse drink if you salt his oats. I am loving your site.