Here’s a funny little “so weird it must be true” nugget for your Thursday: The Miami Herald spoke with one of the librarians at Guantanamo Bay, who provided some fascinating insight into what the prisoners enjoy during their leisure time there. A man named Milton (who wouldn’t give his last name to the press) reported that in the last year, he’s seen interest in the Harry Potter books wane, because the hot new thing is to watch repeats of Will Smith‘s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Who knew!
“I just ordered all six seasons,” Milton said, adding that the detention center includes 28,000 books and videos. The show’s premise, of street-smart teenager Will going to live with his wealthy aunt and uncle in Bel-Air, probably resonates with some of the prisoners. According to the article, captives who cooperate are allowed to basically watch the show around the clock; those in maximum security get only an hour or two a day.
If you think about it, Will and Harry Potter are fairly similar protagonists: Both are young men who are plucked out of depressing, dangerous homes to live out dream lives in places so foreign as to be unreal. So it makes sense that one would supplant the other. Of the waning interest in the books, Milton said, ”They’re over that; it’s been more than a year.” It’s really not that surprising, if you consider that these men have been detained in Cuba for more than a decade.
[via The Daily What]