Safe Ride? A Frayed Knot!

December 11th, 2013

fraying ropeThere is an old monastery in Europe perched high on a cliff several hundred feet in the air. The only way to reach the monastery was to be suspended in a basket which was pulled to the top by several monks. (This much of the story is true! The rest is legendary!)

Obviously the ride up the steep cliff in the basket is terrifying. One tourist got really nervous about half-way up as he noticed that the rope was old and frayed. With a trembling voice he asked the monk who was riding with him in the basket how often they changed the rope. The monk thought for a moment and answered cheekily, “Whenever it breaks.”

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