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Yet more 'O Tempora, O Mores'....

Most of us, I imagine, have certain dates hard-wired into our consciousnesses - Waterloo, the battle of Hastings, the two world wars, Columbus and the moon landing for instance.

Anyway, one of my friends was watching one of the Big Brother spin off programmes earlier and tells me a BB contestant was asked the date of the first moon landing. I am not making this up - she said 1902. The Wright brothers' first flight was in 1903.

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Anonymous Verity said... 2:22 pm

Thank you for a Sunday morning laugh!  



Anonymous rigger mrotice said... 4:14 pm

I flick on once in a while and I have to say the whole thing is becoming more and more contrived and thus boring.

The stupidity of the contestants has to be expected but there must be some teachers hanging their heads in shame.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 4:37 pm

Verity - happy to oblige. Since a friend was good enough to share it with I felt it would be selfish not to publicise it here...


Rigger - yeah, the keep saying the reality TV bubble has burst, but people keep watching it. No one ever went broke etc etc....  



Blogger Andrew Kennedy said... 5:54 pm

It got worse... following the moon landing question, they asked her about the number of days in a leap year.

After thinking about it for two or three minutes she said,

"Well, I know a normal year has 365, but I will have to stab in the dark about a leap year. Is it 360?"

The lady in the hot seat goes by the name of Imogen. She is 23 yo (so must have lived through at least 5 leap years already), and claims on her C4 web page (quote)

"I have brains as well as looks" !

Having said that, she lists her favourite author as Victoria Beckham!

http://www.channel4.com/bigbrother/housemates/housemate_news.jsp?id=15  



Blogger Croydonian said... 7:21 pm

Oh my giddy aunt...

Thank you for that - At least there's nothing wrong with her self-esteem, I suppose.  



Anonymous Verity said... 7:55 pm

Andrew Kennedy - That was hilarious. She'd have to "take a stab" at a leap year. Don't they teach them anything in infant school in Britain? Her favourite author is Victoria Beckham! Thank heavens I wasn't having a bevvy when I read that. I wonder who her favourite "composer" is.  



Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 8:25 am

that rather presupposes that VB writes her own stuff  



Blogger Croydonian said... 8:50 am

It does rather, doesn't it? Shades of the tale of Naomi Campbell not only not having written the novel with her name on the cover, she hadn't read it either....  



Anonymous Verity said... 1:22 am

Am I wrong, or was it called 'The Swan'? I wonder who wrote it. I wonder if it sold, at all, or was remaindered within a week or two. Definitely wasn't up there on the NY Times Bestseller list with Ann Coulter.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 8:15 am

Verity - Amazon marketplace sellers are knocking it out at the starting price of a penny...  



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