Sunday, May 20, 2018

In fifteen hundred and six, Columbus kicks

Christopher Columbus died in Valladolid, Spain, on May 20, 1506. He was 54.  According to his son Fernando, the cause of death was "gout." But in those days, gout was a catchall diagnosis for anything that caused joint pain. Recent research indicates that the most likely cause of death was Reiter's Syndrome, a rare tropical disease.

Today’s Deathless Verse:

The idea that America was found by Columbus
  Is mumbo-jumbus,
Unless you’d say that the Indians that were spread out acrost it
  Had lost it.

Read about Columbus's death