Saturday, October 06, 2007

Goodbye Columbus!

Columbus Day is coming right up, a day dedicated to someone who was basically lost. It has come to be an Italian celebration, now that we are in a time where very nationality needs to have its own special holiday – though the Irish get the short end of the stick as usual as St Pat’s isn’t a national holiday. The Norwegians don’t even really have a day, though perhaps they should, say Leif Eriksson day.


Leif brings up the point that the Vikings of yore actually discovered the New World, in particular North America. Wrong-way Columbus most likely discovered Hispaniola, an Island in the Caribbean. Some Native Americans protest on Columbus day, but in reality they are after the wrong guy. I can see them being sore for being tagged as Indians, when in fact Columbus wasn’t anywhere near the place (one has to wonder if Columbus had ever met someone from India as they look nothing like the Indians settled on the carib islands). Anyway the Native Americans should be after old Leif, though I would caution against upsetting a Viking. Leif may have also been one of the first in recorded history to be impacted adversely by climate change, forcing his folks to abandon their holdings in the new world, much to the dismay of the local natives that were about to broker a really sweet casino deal…

Have a great Columbus Day and try not to be sore at the guy, it wasn’t really his fault, after all.

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12 Comments:

At 11:46 AM, Blogger Ruela said...

Columbus Day is your national holiday?
Ours national holiday it was yesterday - 5 October Republic Implantation.
Here Columbus is a very popular person.

 
At 3:39 PM, Blogger jin said...

Hey phossie...
did you get your milk at the store yet?
*giggle*

 
At 4:45 PM, Blogger Dino aka Katy said...

there aren't any holidays that are German

 
At 6:21 PM, Blogger Little Lamb said...

So it is a silly holiday.

 
At 9:25 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

ruela: We learn he discovered America in school, but he actually hit a little South of here. I think he is buried in Seville.

 
At 9:28 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

jin Half the fun is getting it out of the containers...

dak: Come on over and we'll do Fasnacht, other then that you'll have to celebrate Oktoberfest. Almost everywhere in the US has some sort of celebration, but you don't get a day off...

ll: Silly yes, but I am not going to argue with a day off!!

 
At 5:51 AM, Blogger Ruela said...

I think Columbus is walk around in search of the egg ;)

 
At 7:08 AM, Blogger Kate said...

I appreciate the guy... afterall its another holiday I get to celebrate!

Hope you are having a great weekend!

 
At 3:54 PM, Blogger puerileuwaite said...

I suppose that's why everybody says, "Nice going, Magellen", whenever someone is bad with directions.

Ah, one more thing sir. I vote that we rename it Columbo Day, after my favorite TV detective.

 
At 4:11 PM, Blogger jin said...

Haahahaha!!!
You're such a smart ass!!!!
:-P

I second puerileuwaite's "Columbo" day idea. But, can we get rid of that tacky tan trench coat first?!

 
At 12:17 AM, Blogger Keshi said...

Happy C Day mate ;-)

Keshi.

 
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