May 15, 2008

The Class of 2008 Were Not Conceived On A Thursday


So Harvard Law professor Lawrence Tribe tells the graduating class at NYU that on this, the biggest day of their lives, they should think about their parents having sex:

Think about it — if your mother and father had watched yesterday's equivalent of The Wire instead of making love at just the right moment, you would not exist. So thank mom and dad for doing it. Your being here is an implausible, miraculous, serendipitous event.
Really? Let's go to the tape. Here are the top ten TV shows in 1986:
1. The Cosby Show (NBC)
2. Family Ties (NBC)
3. Cheers (NBC)
4. Murder She Wrote (NBC)
5. The Golden Girls (NBC)
6. 60 Minutes (CBS)
7. Night Court (NBC)
8. Growing Pains (ABC)
9. Moonlighting (ABC)
10. Who's the Boss? ( ABC)
Actually, Professor, the real serendipitous miracle is that those kids got into NYU at all; with the top shows crammed into one 90-minute block and the next three watched exclusively by post-menopausal women, that's a TV lineup to create a baby boom by. [clip via gawker]

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