HOW VAIN IT IS TO SIT DOWN TO WRITE WHEN YOU HAVE NOT STOOD UP TO LIVE. - Henry David Thoreau
- Henry David Thoreau
Someone once told me that the whole manatee-mermaid thing came in part because sailors had particularly bad eyes -- the glare coming off the water and the jaundice and all that fun stuff. If that's the case, it means that Columbus' men likely didn't spot land until they were about to run into it. They may very well have spent weeks hugging the coasts of what are now Canada and the United States and Mexico before finally making landfall in modern-day Republica Dominica. They just didn't see it. Boneheads.
I know a lot about Columbus's men:"They spied a whore upon the shore,"Off came shirts and collars."Twas 15 minutes by the clock,"She made ten thousand dollars."
I don't think they had time to date. They were too busy trying to figure out which towns in England they would steal names from - and which areas of New England to assign them to; not a terribly imaginative group, were they?
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