Tuesday, October 09, 2007
While I'm riding the bike at the gym, I like to watch the televisions they have set up. It makes the time go by a lot faster. Because of the noise level in the gym, they keep the volume down and turn on the closed captioning. It does make life interesting, reading TV instead of watching it.
What cracks me up, though, is the way that the words in the caption don't always match up with what's going on in the show. A while back, I was watching a press conference with Rocky Anderson (Salt Lake City's mayor) and he called someone a cook. I didn't find out until later that he had actually said "crook."
Yesterday I was watching the jewelry channel. The hostess was showing some earrings, and the next thing I know, the caption is saying something about a pelican. I'm not sure how a pelican got into the conversation -- maybe pelicans like to wear jewelry?
Then they moved on to a sapphire ring, and the caption said something about an illiterate sapphire. Okay, I didn't realize that gemstones had a choice as to whether or not they read -- I figured it was an all-around no. But apparently this sapphire was illiterate, which gives rise to the question -- how much does a literate sapphire cost?
All this serves to keep me mightily entertained while I pedal. I have fun trying to figure out what the host really said to trigger the odd response from the captioning machine.
What is also does is make me feel really sorry for the hearing impaired. They are already missing out on so much, and now we're feeding them nonsense sentences under the guise of doing them a service. I think they deserve better than that!