Quote of the Day
Until the late modern era, more than 90 per cent of humans were peasants who rose each morning to till the land by the sweat of their brows. The extra they produced fed the tiny minority of elites – kings, government officials, soldiers, priests, artists and thinkers – who fill the history books. History is something that very few people have been doing while everyone else was ploughing fields and carrying water buckets.
— Yuval Noah Harari, from his book 'Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind'. His book is an interesting look at how human society developed.
My sister sent me this link about a phone call to a radio call-in show. The woman on the call does not realize that deer crossing signs are warnings for people and are not instructions for deer. You might think this is a joke, but I have heard real people having this discussion.
Runner up for a Darwin award?
She is not the worst I have heard. I was raised in a small agricultural community. One night, I was going to "The Big City" with some friends and one of these friends told me all about professional wrestling and how much all the wrestlers hated each other. As I listened to him speak, I realized that he believed that professional wrestling was real. I told him that the animosities in professional wrestling were a gimmick. In fact, my wife actually worked in a building with a former wrestler (Larry Hennig) and found him to be a nice guy. Not only that, Hennig was friends with many of his old ring opponents. He refused to believe it. My brothers were with me and were completely unsupportive. They told this nice but deluded man that I was pulling his leg about wrestling being fake. Of course, they were smiling the whole time. Just like the radio hosts in this video.
Another interesting thing about those signs is that the antlers point the wrong direction. I think it was Iowa that started it. Then every other state copied them.