Bad grammar on PBS: The fall of civilization?

Last night my wife and I watched the new National Geographic documentary “Quest for the Lost Maya” on PBS. At one point the narrator uttered this sentence:

Though badly decomposed from the acidic soil, Stephanie can still make out the remains of a human skull, and arm and leg bones.

The Maya created a great civilization that eventually crumbled. With badly decomposed archaeologists now examining their remains, I can’t help but wonder about our own fate.

(Note that the documentary is available for online viewing at “Quest for the Lost Maya.” Skip ahead to 27:40 if you want to hear the fateful sentence uttered aloud for yourself. Or watch the film in its entirety, which is well worth doing.)

About Matt Cardin

Teeming Brain founder and editor Matt Cardin is the author of DARK AWAKENINGS, DIVINATIONS OF THE DEEP, A COURSE IN DEMONIC CREATIVITY: A WRITER'S GUIDE TO THE INNER GENIUS, and the forthcoming TO ROUSE LEVIATHAN. He is also the editor of BORN TO FEAR: INTERVIEWS WITH THOMAS LIGOTTI and the academic encyclopedias MUMMIES AROUND THE WORLD, GHOSTS, SPIRITS, AND PSYCHICS: THE PARANORMAL FROM ALCHEMY TO ZOMBIES, and HORROR LITERATURE THROUGH HISTORY.

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