Monday, October 11, 2010

Land Ho!

No, I'm not calling a person on solid ground with a fast reputation a Land Ho (though, that would be kinda awesome...) I'm actually referring Christopher Columbus discovering America.

Today is Columbus Day here in the USA and it is a holiday for many offices. (Mine is NOT one of them... *grumble*)

In honor of Columbus Day, I thought I'd post some little known facts about El Capitan.

  1. Christopher Columbus’ name is not Christopher Columbus. It is Chrisoffa Corombo. Christopher Columbus is the English translation of sorts.
  2. The Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria were not the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. Well, the Pinta was but the Nina was a nickname for the Santa Clara and the Santa Maria was known as the Gallega.
  3. While Columbus is considered a hero in the U.S., Spain and Italy, he was not well-known during his life.
  4. Christopher Columbus never actually set foot on U.S. soil. He landed on an island in the Bahamas.
  5. It was not Columbus’ idea to sail across the ocean. It was his brother, Bartholomew’s idea.
  6. Columbus was an opium addict, the same drug used in producing modern-day heroin.
  7. There is genetic evidence that Columbus and his men brought the sexually transmitted disease Syphilis to Europe.

Syphillis? Gee Chris, sounds like you could be called a Land Ho, too!

Hope you're off work or school today and enjoying something fun!


  1. I like Columbus Day, but then I'm Italian.

  2. Well, no one talked to Chris about safe sex apparently. *snort*