The Occasional Joke

Nurse: Patient's name?

Centurion: Marcus Licinius Crassus

Nurse: And his date of birth?

Centurion: 115 BC.

Nurse: All right. And what is he here for?

Centurion: Cataphract surgery.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

An inconvenient connection

Doing some medieval reading these days, and ran across this view of cultural dispersion.

Think Texas, Montana, cow country, the cowboy ethos. Ever wonder where all those Anglo-Saxon whities got the cowboy life style from? Well, pardner, they got it from the Spanish, who brung it with 'em when they conquered Mexico and the Southwest. And where did they bring it from? Spain. And where did they get it while they were still in Spain? From the moors, natch. The Muslims who conquered most of the Southern Iberian Peninsula in the middle ages. Until then, the local Christians were mostly sheep-shaggers, not cattle abusers.

So the next time you run into George W., ask him which direction he faces when he prays.

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