This morning, around sunrise, I was seated at the counter of a diner located one town away from my current residence. Good coffee, huge portions -- and if you finish all the food they give you, they'll give you more, no charge -- and you get to overhear just about the kinds of conversations you'd expect to overhear coming from the average working man.
I was a bit surprised, however, when one of these "average working men" asserted that all the heads of state across the world.... kings, presidents, prime ministers, whatever... are frozen when they die so they can be brought back later if and when the technology exists for someone to do so. That was a new one, at least to me. And he said that not only as if it were a fact, but also as if everyone who'd heard him say it knew it was a fact.
And without turning to face him or his buddies, I set my coffee cup on the counter and waited for the other shoe to drop. And I wasn't disappointed.
"Well," began one of them, "you know Walt Disney is still frozen..."
That again. That particular urban legend has been around as long as Uncle Walt's been dead, and that happened nearly fifty years ago! My God, people still believe that?
Why do people believe that?
And... umm... Do you believe that?
If so... why? Where's your proof?
Maybe you're sitting there smugly saying, "I don't need proof. Everybody knows it."
Oh, everybody does, huh?
On the subject of "everybody," try this one on: There was a rather well-known studio head during Hollywood's golden era. He had a lot of innovative ideas. He also had a few nay-sayers in the company who would tell him during creative meetings that these proposed innovations simply couldn't be done. When faced with this pessimism, the studio head would ask, "Who says it can't be done?" and the reply was generally to the effect of, "Well... everybody says it can't be done." And the studio head's retort to "everybody says" was, "Name two."
Funny thing. That studio head was Walt Disney.
Now, how many of you saw that coming?
Thanks for your time.