Wednesday, January 28, 2004


I like to think of it as an experiment in extreme television: tonight I switched back and forth between MTV's Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica and a PBS documentary on ancient Greece.

Did you know that all speeches made in the Athenian courts were timed by a water clock? They could only last as long as it took one rather large jar of water to siphon off into another. Meanwhile, Jessica had a "hard booger" that she feared might lead to a nosebleed.

It was exhausting, I tell you.

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