I'm so glad it's Wednesday. I have tomorrow off (if anyone wakes me up tomorrow they're dead meat) and Moments In Time is on tonight.
Moments In Time is the kind of show you wished they showed in your history class. It explains all the events of a significant time in world history, debunking myths along the way. Last week, they did Jamestown, VA. Did you know Jamestown was settled 13 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock? Did you also know John Smith made up the story of Pocahontas saving his life?
What I like best about the show (not counting host/narrator James Woods, whom I adore) is the writing. At one point during the settlers' time at Jamestown, they went through a famine. "One man was convicted of killing, salting, and eating his wife. Witnesses say that he had eaten everything but her head, but you may find that a little hard to swallow." Later in the show, we learn that tobacco was legal currency in Jamestown, "and there wasn't anything tobacco couldn't buy. For 150 pounds of best leaf tobacco, the Virginia Company will even send you your very own wife. Shipping costs included."
Tonight's topic is the Black Death. If you want to join in the fun, Moments In Time is on the Discovery Channel tonight at 8 PM Central and again at 11 PM Central. It will be on again Saturday at 11 AM Central.