Barkley Marathons, The Universe in 40 Jumps, Talking Numbers


Barkley Marathons

Is this for real? The Barkley is called a 100-mile trail race, but it is widely believed that the distance is closer to 130 miles. Either way, there are very few actual trails on the course. And those that do exist are in all likelihood going somewhere that the runner doesn’t need or doesn’t want to go.

800 people have run this bizarre race and it has only been completed 18 times.   That is 2% of runners who finish this race!  It is open to 40 entrants a year and requirements and times to submit an entry application are a closely guarded secret, with no details advertised publicly. Potential entrants must complete an essay on “Why I Should be Allowed to Run in the Barkley” and pay an entry fee of $1.60.

Here is one runner’s personal experience running the race.  Wow.

Universe in 40 Jumps

link Want to feel small? Take a spin through this classic showing the scale of the universe in 40 images.

Talking Numbers With Your Children

A great article on helping your children understand numbers in financial decisions.

“So, the next time you’re talking with your children, your spouse or anyone else about money, please make sure that you’re talking about the same thing. Don’t avoid talking about the numbers or the price. And please don’t make the same mistake I did, and assume that it’s not worth having a conversation that gets specific. Based on these experiences, I’m convinced that there would be fewer money issues in our families if we worried less about what people thought and more about what our families know.  I want each of my children to know what things cost so they can weigh the pros and cons of buying this versus buying that.”