[ Conversation between Christopher Colombus and his conscience before leaving for India ]
“No thank you.”
“Nope, don’t need it.”
“Stars and mathematics?”
“No, no. Old fashioned tenacity and a whole lot of balls.”
“Seriously? Don’t you think that’s dangerous? You could die, and take a hundred good men with you.”
“I have no fear. I know I am right. The world is a pear and I’m ready to pluck it. I will find a faster route to India, amass my fortune, and then I will be able to finance my crusade to bring back Jesus Christ.”
“Christopher, calm down. Sure, bring back Jesus, great idea, but I don’t think we need another crusade.”
“The Lord guides me. I am doing his work.”
“I don’t think the Lord wants one either.”
For the execution of the voyage to the Indies, I did not make use of intelligence, mathematics or maps.
October 12th, 1492
Christopher Columbus’ expedition makes landfall on a Caribbean island he names San Salvador (likely Watling Island, Bahamas). The explorer believes he has reached East Asia.
Observances of Note for October 12th:
National Pulled Pork Day
National Savings Day