“Ground mummy became as widely used as aspirin is today, at least among the people who could afford to pay for it. Francois I, the king of France himself, considered it a wonder medicine and always carried a pouch on his neck for emergencies.”
Chasing the Horizon, an excerpt from the Atlas of Prejudice, Volume 2 by Yanko Tsvetkov.
“Mummies weren’t always rare. In fact, they were quite abundant until at least the 16th Century. Then, for the weirdest of reasons, the extremely civilized Europeans started eating them.”
Chasing the Horizon, an excerpt from the Atlas of Prejudice, Volume 2 by Yanko Tsvetkov.
“The Vikings, who were hunting for narwhals in the cold Arctic waters, sold their tusks to the superstitious European nobility, advertising them as unicorn horns. Demand was high because the naïve Southerners were convinced beyond doubt that unicorns truly existed. Not that anybody had seen one. People just yearned to believe in made-up stories.”
Chasing the Horizon, an excerpt from the Atlas of Prejudice, Volume 2 by Yanko Tsvetkov.
“In 982, less than a century after their arrival in Iceland, the Vikings reached Greenland. In 1000 they went even further and landed in Newfoundland, where they settled comfortably in a place called Vinland. The first known American with European parents was born soon after. His name was Snorri Thorfinnsson.”
Chasing the Horizon, an excerpt from the Atlas of Prejudice, Volume 2 by Yanko Tsvetkov.

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“Neither the Church nor any educated scholar of the Columbian era insisted that the Earth was a giant pancake carried by elephants. Ironically, such ludicrous beliefs would develop much later in human history, proving beyond doubt there’s not a direct correlation between scientific progress and human stupidity.”
Chasing the Horizon, an excerpt from the Atlas of Prejudice, Volume 2 by Yanko Tsvetkov.
“Gazpacho is a cold summer soup coming from Spain, the ancient homeland of all Hispanic people, which nowadays is ruled by Europe.”
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The was a race between the Roman popes and the Ottoman sultans about fancy headgear. As you can see, things almost spiraled out of control, though there were no reported head injuries. Read more about it in Chasing Horizons, one of the chapters from the the second volume of my Atlas of Prejudice.

"Another, far more interesting testament, is an engraving by Agostino Veneziano with the portrait of Suleiman the Magnificent, the great-grandson of Mehmed II. On it, the Sultan is depicted wearing a 4-layer tiara, especially handcrafted for him in Venice, the fashion capital of the Renaissance.

Its top is adorned with a huge feather, a provocation every Italian would no doubt appreciate. Nobody knows whether the Pope received a signed copy of the portrait, but Suleiman never missed an opportunity to show the tiara to his ambassadors. As diplomatic common sense dictates, if you can’t conquer your enemies, you can at least tease them!”

from Chasing Horizons: How During the Age of Discovery the Search for Known Unknowns Unexpectedly Became a Journey for Unknown Unknowns, a chapter from Atlas of Prejudice, Volume 2

“Sixtus IV, who had the misfortune to reign as Pope in those troubled times, got truly scared and even started making plans for Rome’s evacuation, in case the Ottoman hordes from Otranto decided to head north. Drawing fire exit labels with one hand and calling for a global Christian crusade against the infidels with the other, he finally hit the jackpot when Mehmed II died and a dynastic battle prevented further Ottoman expansion. Perhaps this little twist of fate saved the Roman Pantheon from becoming a mosque and ensured that the just painted nude bodies of Adam and God in the Sistine chapel would not be covered by layers of hypnotizing arabesques. In stark contrast to the Papacy, the Muslims hadn’t yet developed an appreciation for homoerotic pornography.”
Chasing the Horizon, an excerpt from the Atlas of Prejudice, Volume 2 by Yanko Tsvetkov.
“Just in case someone had doubts about the seriousness of their claims, the popes started wearing a fancy 3-layer tiara that looked like a late 20th Century beauty parlor hair-dryer. Extravagant clothing has always been used for intimidation purposes but the papal tiara was a true masterpiece of its kind. It was also uncomfortable to wear, although what is a neck injury next to the promise of universal supremacy?”
Chasing the Horizon, an excerpt from the Atlas of Prejudice, Volume 2 by Yanko Tsvetkov.