A Pleasant Rumor

“A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter” (Prov. 11:13)

Several years ago, Dr. Albert H. Cantril, a professor at Princeton University, conducted a series of experiments to demonstrate how quickly rumors spread. He called six students to his office and in strict confidence informed them that the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were planning to attend a certain university function. Within a week, this completely fictitious story had reached nearly every student on campus. Town officials phoned the university, demanding to know why they had not been informed. Press agencies were frantically telephoning for details.

Dr Cantril observed, “That was a pleasant rumor - a slanderous one travels even faster.” - via “Brief Exhortations”

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