Thursday, November 11, 2004

Prague the Lord for Radio Blahblahblah, wherever blahblahblah happens to be. I'm disappointed that Radio Prague, for instance, discontinued its press review in March. But at least Radio Netherlands is here to come up with gems like this:
According to the NRC HANDELSBLAD, the Romans are glad the tourist season is over again, because they are tired of all the dumb questions they get from tourists who "do" Rome in one day. Questions like, "Where is Jesus buried?" and "Why did the Romans build the Coliseum in such a state of ruin?" As for the famous Sistine Chapel, one tourist was rather disappointed in Michelangelo's masterpiece but was overheard to say, "Well the other 15 chapels are supposed to be nice. This was only the 16th."
Visiting Pompeii, I recall a tour guide describing the destructive impact of the explosion of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. It simply leveled everything around. One woman asked, "But what about all this vegetation?"


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