Saturday, October 22, 2005

The wild Romer

I was thinking the other night that if some alien archeologists were to look at our little planet thousands of years from now, they might come to the conclusion that the Irish and the Chinese were the world's two greatest cultures -- because there are Chinese restaurants and Irish pubs everywhere. Perhaps the aliens would think that these were our temples and would interpret our going there in droves as signs of elaborate worship ceremonies.

Then I thought about the temple of Mithras in London, or the temple of Aquae Sulis in Bath, and on and on. What if all these ancient Roman temples were, in fact, Roman theme pubs? What if no worship took place at all, and all these temples were simply places where people gathered to pretend that they were Roman and tell each other, "Well, of course, my grandfather was born in Rome," and "The mead they serve here isn't as good as the mead served in Rome."

4 comments:

OldHorsetailSnake said...

I have it on good authority that these were BYOB places, which existed prior to liquor-by-the-drink. That is why they are now mostly torn down: couldn't compete.

traceofblistex said...

Historically the Chinese have been pretty great. They drank everything hot cause they knew the heat killed bacteria. They lived longer. They had way more technological advances. I'd hope alien archaeologists would get some hint that they were pretty great. Lo mein is pretty tasty too! Mmmmmmmm...... :P

Cheekysquirrel said...

I have to be honest, I DO worship chinese resturants!

I'm a bit fed up of Irish pubs. I have a theory that irish pubs are part of an elaborate irish conspiracy to rule the world via some cunning plan.

Rule the all pubs, rule the country.

I went to Iraq yesterday and found that Saddam's favorite wine bar is now an irish pub. His palace is now a Starbucks.

Cheekysquirrel said...

wxpgxhep.s. Re Starbucks, I think Seatle has the same idea as the irish.