“In the pre-Columbian days people must have stared at the horizon with the same sense of wonder with which we look at the vastness of interstellar space.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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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.”
“Gazpacho is a cold summer soup coming from Spain, the ancient homeland of all Hispanic people, which nowadays is ruled by Europe.”