Monday, March 03, 2008

Overheard

Walking home to her Upper East Side apartment, [on September 11, 2001] , overwhelmed and confused, [Susan Jacoby] stopped at a bar.

As she sipped her bloody mary, she quietly listened to two men, neatly dressed in suits. For a second she thought they were going to compare that day’s horrifying attack to the Japanese bombing in 1941 that blew America into World War II:

“This is just like Pearl Harbor,” one of the men said.

The other asked, “What is Pearl Harbor?”

“That was when the Vietnamese dropped bombs in a harbor, and it started the Vietnam War,” the first man replied.

|Dumb and Dumber: Are Americans Hostile to Knowledge? - New York Times|

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