Monday, June 23, 2008

Happy Discovery Day!

On this momentous day, Newfoundland and Labrador celebrate the discovery of their province in 1497: presumably, no one of significance was aware of its existence prior to that date (Inuits and Leif Ericson’s Vikings not counting as significant figures). The illustrious John Cabot landed his noble vessel, the Matthew, crewed by 18 stalwart sailors, in a disputed location on the coast (possibly Cape Breton Island, or Newfoundland, or Maine).

To celebrate, I suggest asking all whom you encounter today if they can identify Newfoundland or Labrador on a map, singing O Canada, wearing a Viking helmet in protest of John Cabot’s slight to Leif Ericson, or saving a baby seal.

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