Washington Post reporter Gene Weingarten put world-renowned violinist, Joshua Bell, in a subway station in Washington DC one rush hour morning to see if people would notice him. Mostly, they didn’t.
Just over one thousand people passed him in 43 minutes. A handful stopped; 27 commuters handed over $32.17; and exactly one person recognized the violinist and his Stradivari-made instrument. Said Mr. Bell, "I was stressing a little."