Yes, the school of hard knocks may teach you much about the world and yourself, but there is something to be said about learning a lesson from the painful experience of others. From the British paper, The Sun, here is a lovely story about sex, lies, and videotape:

THE BRITNEY SPEARS and KEVIN FEDERLINE divorce has turned nasty after it was revealed he is touting a Paris Hilton-style video of the couple romping.

According to our sister paper The News Of The World, dumped husband K-Fed has already been offered £26million for the FOUR hour tape, shot in the early stages of the couple’s relationship.

Britney fears the raunchy footage will destroy her wholesome image [Hah! Too late for that! - CM], unless she caves in to his demands for a £16million payoff and custody of their children Sean Preston, one, and Jayden James, eight weeks.

What is the lesson we should learn from this, class? The obvious lesson is to not marry a backup dancer and wannabe rapper who’s already got two kids from a previous girlfriend, but there is a not-so-obvious lesson that too many people have failed to learn:

If you don’t want sexy videos of you and your [fill in the blank] being made public, don’t make them in the first place.

Next time you are thinking about doing something, you might consider the worst case scenario: could someone use your actions to blackmail or embarrass you later? If the answer is yes, then you’d be better served by refraining from that action, don’t you think? But if you like being thumped as you work on your bachelor degree at the School of Hard Knocks, then proceed full steam ahead.

Knowing that my piratical wife has her own dangerous cutlass, I think I’ll do everything I can to stay on her good side. When I think of a worse case scenario, it’s not blackmail or embarrassment that I worry about. I’m much more worried about dismemberment.