Yeah, I tried to look it up on the internets afterwards, but never found anything about him actually blowing off his manhood with gunpowder. Though if it did happen, I wouldn't be surprised at all.
Tell me about it. If you don't count the natives using the land bridge, you could say that it was that Chinese guy that came first via the Pacific. But of course, why would they want us to think some Chinese unic was the first person to discover America?
Speaking of unic (is that how it's spelled?), according to my professor, apparently John Smith was one as well, but it was because of a freak gunpowder accident. No wonder he and Pocahontas never actually...you know.
He's also shamelessly slams explorers like Christopher Columbus and Samuel de Champlain (our local "hero" here). Calls Columbus some "drunk that got lost and just happened to wind up on some island out in the Caribbean." Champlain gets it worse, he even puts on an act where he pretends to be Champlain, "Oh look at me! I'm a big fat white guy with a hat with a giant feather in it! Ooooooh, a LAKE! I just discovered a lake! I will call it 'Lake Champlain.' Too bad the 40,000 indigenous people living on both sides haven't even taken notice of the lake they have been living next to for how many years. Hey you stupid savages, look! I discovered a lake! So sorry you didn't find it first!!!"
I think I'm gonna take his Canadian studies class at Plattsburgh when I transfer there in a couple years.
Yeah, he's awesome and laid back. When we were learning about the Industrial Revolution, the part where he brings up Karl Marx and the Communist Manifesto, he says to us, "This is the part where I get fired!"
I also have him for another class, Cultural Geography. He's even more laid back in this class because it's smaller, plus you get to hear him rant about Teabaggers.
Well actually it's History of the Modern World, or if you read the textbook, "History of the Modern World from the POV of old white people." He's a lot younger than some of our professors, but old enough to have actually visited East Germany when it was still under Soviet control. It was not pretty according to him.
He's having us doing a research project on a nonwestern culture, civilization, etc. In other words, do a paper on something that the "old white guys" never seem to talk about.
Fiction with footnotes? O_o
Haha, my professor is all the way from Finland. So it's interesting to get an outsider's point of view on the whole subject.
"History is a record of mistakes made by men." That's what my professor jokingly concluded today in our Modern History class. We are so pessimistic.
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