July 14th, 2003

physics

Faking it on TLC

I had noticed some ads on cable for the show on TLC (which I just discovered is The Learning Channel). I watched bits of it during inning breaks during last nights Cubs/Braves game on ESPN. I don't watch so called reality shows, but this one seemed interesting.

The idea is that some unlikely person is trained in three weeks to become someone different and then they have to pose in front of experts to see if their lack of skills can be detected in comparison to some other people who actually are who they are. The first one I saw part of was a young girl who looked nothing like a cheerleader being turned into one for some important football game. It was kind of fun seeing her get into the schtick and doing pretty well at it (if you can call smiling falsely, and jumping up and down with pom-poms anything being done well). I don't know if she really succeeded since I only watched her a bit. The second one I watched was Bill, the captain of the US Beer Drinking Team (I didn't know there was such a thing), being transformed into a sommelier. This turned out to be more interesting than the baseball game so I watched most of it.

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