Monday, September 29, 2008

James Cook

Reading up on the great maritime adventures of the past, more specifically the discovery of the Australian continent in April 1770 by James Cook. Somehow, thinking of the pirates in the Caribbean Sea one hundred years earlier, 1770 has always felt quite late for the discovery of an entire continent.

As one remembers from school, one of the things that made Cook’s long journeys possible was his treatment of scurvy through a diet of sauerkraut (which contains vitamin C). Today, shopping at Hemköp, I felt like I too had learned the lesson.

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