Friday, July 19, 2013
The Science Channel is always one of my first stops when surfing; I'm a sucker for a good astronomy / cosmology show. (BTW, is it a law or something that Michio Kaku has to be on every single science show made these days? Seems like it, but I digress.)
Anyway, when I arrived at the Science Channel, "Build It Bigger" was on.
I watched a couple of minutes of the construction of a huge hydroelectric dam being built in Turkey (the Deriner dam), then they were going to break for commercials.
But before the commercials, the show had a teaser question. "Which country on Earth has the most large dams?" and promised to provide the answer when they came back to the show from the commercials.
So I patiently sat through Progressive insurance commercial and others and then the show came back.
Did you know that China has more than half of the world's 48,000 large dams? I didn't either.
Then it hit me.
I had totally fallen for it.
I sat through the two minutes of commercials just so I could find out which country in the world had the most dams.
Those sneaky Science Channel / Build It Bigger producers! They KNEW that I would be compelled wait and learn that tidbit about dams.
I have long known that I'm a science geek - you don't work your way through the pain of engineering school without being one - but I still totally fell for that simple commercial ploy just to learn one more science-ish fact.
I'm such a dweeb.
But I guess there are worse things to be.