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Care for another 'urban legend'? This was has been verified as true by a couple sources.

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

Thanks +Kyle Salewski providing the actual video link here:
Stop and Hear the Music

+Christine Jacinta Cabalo Points out that Joshua Bell has this story on his website:

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Happy Birthday Charles Dickens!

Do you know most of his greatest books such as Oliver Twist, Great Expectations were published serially?

Enjoy them here:

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Share this Video and I will Donate $1 for each share

DC Entertainment is bringing together their Justice League Superheroes to raise funds for famine relief in Africa.
For every $1 donated they will match it.

Here is where you come in at NO COST to you:

1. Between now and Midnight Saturday (Feb 4) for every share of this post (up to 500) I will donate $1 to this effort.
2. You don't even have to circle me but,
3. Since I am limited to adds to my circles and if you aren't already in my circle I will add back anyone that shares this up to my 5000 limit (I think I have room for about 200) more people.
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