Question: While watching Olympic swimming last night, my friend and I got into a dispute over the flags that are shown on the lanes. Daniel Roberts mentioned it in the Watercooler today. I believe that the flags are projected into the pool, so that the live audience can see. My friend thinks that they are only shown this way on television so that the TV viewers could see it. I'm pretty sure I'm right, but I need someone to verify this for me! Thanks! Christa, Scranton, Pa.
Televisionary: Sorry, Christa, but that someone won't be me. Those flags are an only-on-TV effect, much like the first-down line you see when watching football.