While I Was Watching Some History Channel-Type Show


I’m not sure what the program was. It was just on. They were talking about string. They asserted it was one of the keystones of human evolution, one of the things that sets humans apart from the animals, besides our ability — almost never seen in the animal kingdom — to lose our keys by leaving them in the microwave oven. They found a professor to say that the development of string was one of the things which enabled humans to dominate the world. And the thing is, they made a fair case for the proposition, because with string-based technologies such as clothes people could develop Abercrombie and Fitch stores.

And then, somehow, they came to this sentence — which I repeat as precisely as I’m able to, without exaggeration or distortion: “There is evidence of cheese from four thousand years ago.” I do not know why this sentence makes me smile, but the thought not just that there was evidence of cheese four thousand years ago, but that someone wrote and someone recorded the sentence, “There is evidence of cheese from four thousand years ago”, bids fair to make me happy for a long time to come. Probably not four thousand years.

I know what you’re thinking, but no, they said nothing about when they have evidence of string cheese.

Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

3 thoughts on “While I Was Watching Some History Channel-Type Show”

  1. Everything is interconnected it seems, and I’m sure string has something to do with it. The Goodies did a whole episode about string so it must be important, right? They never did touch on cheese as I recall, but scones and jam? Yeah. So that must mean scones and jam are more noteworthy than cheese, but not string. And I have no idea what I’m talking about… 😮

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    1. That’s all right. It strikes me that suddenly I don’t know when there’s any evidence for string geese being along, for example. This could be important.

      Could also be that scones haven’t got the same sense of historic inevitability that cheese has, if The Goodies got to scones before cheese.

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