In the HBO series Oz there was an episode where the narrator talked about goldfish, and how they had a very short memory. It was suggested that with a total memory of about thirty seconds a goldfish who is happy for that length of time believes he’s been happy his whole life. It makes sense, if you can’t recall anything before that thirty seconds it might as well have never existed.
I have a bad cold. My wife asked me if it’s worse than the colds I normally get. I don’t remember any other colds; I don’t get sick often and every time I do it seems to be the worst cold I’ve ever had because it’s the only one I remember.
I am a goldfish.
[ Oct 11 2004 ]
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