Some Musings

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I have been dealing with, no that might sound a little too positive and proactive and successful, I have been attempting to survive fog so here are just a few musings that have popped into my head of late.

  • Did the same genius name both Greenland and Iceland and did he get a little confused maybe?
  • Where do the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet under South America?  Is there an arbitrary line and how can you tell when you pass from one to the other?
  • If you have all the time in the world, how much time is that?
  • If there is a Midwest and a Far West, where’s the beginning of West?

There have been others but things haven’t exactly been staying in my head of late.  I will be back however.

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6 thoughts on “Some Musings

  1. Well, I can answer at least one of those…or the interwebz can and I can cut and paste (is there really a difference?)

    http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1965/shouldnt-greenland-be-known-as-iceland-and-vice-versa

    “Iceland got its modern name from another visitor, the Norwegian Viking Flóki Vilgerðarson. The Landnámabók makes it clear that Flóki chose the uninviting name ísland (“ice land”) for the view of a distant fjord full of sea-ice that he glimpsed from a tall mountain. No doubt his choice was influenced by the fact that he was not at first taken with the land, and he bad-mouthed the place after his return to Norway. But eventually he changed his mind about it and moved there himself. The Landnámabók account is at odds with the common notion that Iceland was named for its glaciers, some of which are bigger than any in Europe. ..

    “The real story behind the name [Greenland] is given in Erik the Red’s Saga, based on oral tradition and written down in the early thirteenth century in Iceland. After the Icelandic landnám was over, Erik the Red and his father Thorvald were forced to leave Norway because one or both of them was involved in killings (details are not given). After Thorvald died, Erik was involved in yet more killings, for which his punishment was three years’ vacation–er, I mean banishment from Iceland. (And you thought O. J. got off easy.)

    “He used the time to explore the rumored lands to the west. When his term of banishment expired, he returned to Icleand to invite his neighbors and friends to settle the new country with him. He purposely chose the pleasant name Grænland (“green land”) to attract settlers, but the choice wasn’t exactly misleading. Some parts of Greenland, especially the parts the Norse settled, really are green, as these pictures from the tourist board attest (www.greenland-guide.dk/outdoor_life_photo.htm). He may have been a killer, but at least he wasn’t a real-estate scam-artist. He didn’t have that much to gain by lying anyway, since he didn’t charge anyone for the land. As in Iceland a century before, the land was free for the taking. Natives had lived in the area in the past, but at the time of Erik’s voyage, only the northern part of Greenland was occupied by the Inuit (Eskimos).”

    Hope the fog lifts soon.

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