Pliny the Elder, was a Roman writer who lived during the same time period as Jesus. He
told a story of the setting of an obelisk, which when erect would stand 99 feet tall.
Twenty thousand workers where chosen to pull on the ropes and activate the hoisting
apparatus. There was great responsibility and risk in the operation. Just one error could
cause the obelisk to fall, ruining years of work. The King demanded one act which insured
the complete attention and best direction of the engineer. He ordered the engineer's own
son to be strapped to the apex of the obelisk, so that his heart as well as his head would
be given to the task.
Pulpit Helps, August, 1992, p. 14.
"The undersigned (hereinafter called 'Guarantor') for and in consideration of the
sum of Ten Dollars ($10.00) and other good and valuable considerations in hand paid to the
Guarantor, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, and to induce
(bank name) a national banking association with offices and banking quarters at (address),
(hereinafter called 'Bank'), at its option, at any time or from time to time to loan
monies, with or without security to or for the account of (customer's name) (hereinafter
called 'Borrower'), and at the special insistence and request of Bank, Guarantor hereby
unconditionally guarantees the prompt payment at maturity of the following (hereinafter
called the 'Indebtedness'):" What does it mean? If you sign this, you're the fall guy
if the borrower defaults.
A worker asked for a pay raise and got this note back from his supervisor:
"Because of the fluctuation predisposition of your position's productive capacity as
juxtaposed to standard norms, it would be momentarily injudicious to advocate your
requested increment." The puzzled worker went to the supervisor and said, "If
this is about my pay raise, I don't get it." "That's right," said the
Bits & Pieces, February 4, 1993, p. 14.