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Uncommentator: Story of the Day
Flummoxed By Facts
July, 2013--When I was growing up, I knew many adults whose exchange of opinions often veered into debating facts. They had some excuse for not just looking up the facts in question. Not everyone had an encyclopedia handy. Google hadn't been invented.
Still, it seemed to me that talking louder or banging harder on the table didn't do much to advance the discussion. I developed a fondness for facts--the kind one finds in reputable publications and libraries.
Then, one day recently I was preparing to take a shower. My wife said, "In 1907 only 14 percent of the homes in the U. S. contained a bathtub."
I did not know this. I asked why this was pertinent. It turned out that she was discarding old files she had accumulated for some writing project, long since published.. She added, "Eggs sold for 14 cents a dozen but a three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost $11."
She was on a roll. I quickly learned that there were only 8,000 cars in the whole U.S., limited most places to 10 miles per hour.
She was prepared to continue reading from her old files, but I interrupted. "Just a minute," I said. "I'm the one who used to be a Quiz Kid." (True.)
But as I headed down the hall, she called after me, "And the tallest structure in the world in 1907 was the Eiffel Tower in Paris."
I didn't know that either.