I am fascinated by really old things. I know in a cosmic sense, everything is really, really old. The little bits of gold inside my computer were created in a supernova, for example. However, I'm talking about old things made by humans. When I go to a museum and they have pots or simple artwork that's really old - like 5000 or 8000 years old, I'm just astonished. A local museum has a good collection of very, very early Asian and pre-Columbian artifacts. Maybe it's just an American thing ("In America, 100 years is a long time; in the UK, 100 miles is a long distance"), but the direct connection between that artifact and some human that lived that long ago resonates with me. The oldest thing I own is a Roman coin. It's not in good condition, but it's ca. 330 CE. It's not particularly rare or valuable, especially in its condition - they find caches of thousands of these things from time to time. It's amazing to me that I have something in my drawer that was minted 1700 years ago, though - who minted it? Who spent it? What was his life like? Will a quarter that I have in my house today end up in the drawer of some guy in the year 4000? It boggles the mind. FOCUS: What's the oldest thing that you own? Where did you get it?