We learn from a story in Mental Floss magazine about Viganella, Italy. They have an unusual problem. From November to February, the sunlight does not reach them. This is because the town sits between two large mountains. The townspeople accepted this and the gloomy mood that resulted. Then Giancomo Bonzni came up with an idea: He recommended putting a giant mirror on one of the mountains. In 2006, the mirror was installed along with software to keep it at the right angle to the sun. The main square is now lit from November through February. The people haven’t noticed any increase in the heat, but they have noticed an improved mood.

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A third generation preacher, Mike Shannon is Professor of Preaching at Cincinnati Bible Seminary of Cincinnati Christian University. He has served as a preaching minister, church planter, and college professor. His most recent preaching ministry was at the historic First Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In his nearly two decades at Cincinnati Christian University, Mike has served as both professor and Dean of the Seminary. He has also been an adjunct professor at Milligan College and Northern Kentucky University. Mike is the author or co-author of several books.

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