The moral value behind an empty Nutella jar

I want to share this story with you.

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We're at school, science class. The professor has some stuff in front of his desk. He takes a big empty jar of Nutella and asks the students: . They all say .

The professor puts some big round stones in the jar until it's filled by them. He asks again and the students all say .

The professor now adds some handfuls of small white stones that go to fill all the spaces, and asks again The students wait a second, then say.

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The professor takes a bag of sand and pours it inside tha jar, the sand goes to fill al the spaces between the stones. He asks again, Five students, shyly, answer .

Finally the professor takes two glasses of wine and pours them inside, filling all the spaces left, saying

At this point he addresses a quite stupefied class with the explanation:


At this point, one student asks: < >

The professor answers:

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August 12, 2009


I just see < empty > where ever should be a question or answer. But the moral of the story comes through anyway, and it's a good one. Thanks!

August 12, 2009


one thing. do you see the text between the ? either it made an error while formatting the text, or it's just Chinese firewall problems

August 12, 2009


thanks guys. I think it's the good philosophy to start your day. Too often we lose the point of things

August 11, 2009


Nice! I like it!

August 11, 2009


Great philosophy! Enjoyed your story. Your portfolio looks good so far. Keep up the great work.

August 11, 2009


very nice and true! The hardest part is to figure out what are the big stones and what are just small stones and sand.

August 11, 2009


Great story about life's priorities.

August 11, 2009


Nice, Nniud, very nice!

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