Monday, February 18, 2008
The Moon That Saved Columbus, an eerie red eclipse from more than five hundred years ago, will be recreated this week.
Christopher Columbus--aging and on his fourth journey to the New World-- was stranded with his men and his worm-eaten sailing ships,on the coast of pre-Rasta Jamaica. Dude was smart, though. Or maybe desperation just brings out the best in some men. Consulting his charts, and knowing that the Jamaicans did not yet own the cool technology he brought with him from the Hood, he basically played out a scene from Mark Twain's A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT, which, of course, hadn't been written yet.
He told the Indians that if they didn't feed him, and feed him well, he'd make the moon disappear. Knowing the future maybe brings out the worst in men, come to think of it. When in fact the demons Columbus served did start eating the moon, the natives capitulated. There is no sense in trying to compete with that kind of mojo. I think they even used the word, mojo.
Get up really early, and enjoy the eclipse! For me and my house, it is WAAAYYY too cold in Wisconsin these days to even consider leaving our nests at 3 am.
HT: Drudge Report