“Do We Get Mail Today?”

Most Italians don’t really care much about Columbus Day which is being celebrated this weekend. It’s supposed to be a day of national pride – but most Italians shrug their shoulders and just don’t give a damn.

While other holidays have their cheery, little sayings like “Merry Christmas”, “Happy Easter”, and “Erin go Bragh”,  the most common greeting on our day is “Do we get mail today?”

Columbus was a typical, hustling paison. He sailed for the highest bidder who happened to be Queen Isabella of Spain – convincing her that he’d find the West Indies – supposedly a land of untold riches they could easily exploit. Contrary to popular opinion, he knew the world was NOT flat – he just didn’t know how big it was.

In 1492, Columbus’s three ships crashed into the Bahama Islands. They knew that wasn’t right, so they set sail again – and landed in Haiti (even then it was a horrible place to land).  A third major voyage landed in America which he then claimed he “discovered” – despite the fact that Vikings had landed ashore at least 500-years before, and the country was already populated by “Native” Americans (who may already have been dancing about looking for sites for future casinos).

So ‘Columbus Discovered America’ is a good story – but not historically true. Oh well, at least he “discovered” America on a Monday – giving Americans another long weekend.

2 Responses to ““Do We Get Mail Today?””

  1. Joe Belle-Isle says:

    No SAILOR ever thought the world was flat.

  2. You have brought up a very good details , thankyou for the post.

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