Friday, October 14, 2005

To Hell in a Hand-Woven Basket

Uncanny reading lately about scientific discoveries, past and present. Even men in Ancient Egypt were scared of getting their girlfriends pregnant. Ramen did not invent the noodle. Tolkien's "Lord of the Ring" series could really be Hobbit folklore. Pre-historic white meat in South America learned to fly just as quickly as birds in North American and Asia.

Contraception, noodles, Hobbits, flying dinosaurs; just more useless trivia our kids will be tested on in junior high history classes or maybe our junior high history teacher wasn't lying when he said "history has a way of repeating itself" when asked why we needed to know about the past.

Modern-day resemblences: AIDS, Anorexia (the teen suicide before-dinner salad), men saving the world from Ring-fascinated, world domineering women (that may be a little exaggerated and biased...senseless EE, senseless), and Avian flu.

I'm not a conspiracy-theoryist - though this taken with my previous EE post, I may start writing about alien sitings) - but I find it interesting that news-making, historical findings, in fact make the news because of their ties to modern-day headlines. I wonder if the connection is merely one of "newsworthiness" or one of irony.

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