. . . change-ringing didn't begin until well into the 17th century.
. . . unless their argument is that permutations were discovered in the Middle Ages. But I don't think so. It's pretty abstruse stuff, they didn't even invent logarithms until well into the 17th century either.
I was reading a NYT article (byline: Sarah Lyall) in the local paper today about speeding cameras in Britain and the paper actually published the following and I quote exactly:
"Using something called thermite, a pyrotechnic substance often used in underwater welding, Moore succeeded in wrecking the camera...""something called thermite"? Gimme a break -- I've known about thermite at least since 1968 when a friend managed to burn a hole through a workbench and into the garage floor with same. His father was not pleased.
And then the article continues:
"...but unfortunately for him, its [the camera's] hard drive survived -- along with videotape of his van driving toward it and then driving away, as the picture dissolved in a cloud of fiery sparks."Videotape? Hard drive? What was the video stored on anyway? If it was videotape, what's the relevance of the hard drive's survival? If it's the hard drive, what's this talk of "tape"?
IMHO there is way too much focus in the self-professed "mainstream media" on being Politically Correct and far too little on being factual. And it shows in articles such as these. Boy, does it ever show....