A lunar eclipse will occur tomorrow night and early Thursday morning. It’s known as “The eclipse that saved Columbus.”

Here’s why:

…an eclipse is credited with saving the life of Christopher Columbus and his crew in 1504.

Stranded on the coast of Jamaica, the explorers were running out of food and faced with increasingly hostile local inhabitants who were refusing to provide them with any more supplies.

Columbus, looking at an astronomical almanac compiled by a German mathematician, realised that a total eclipse of the Moon would occur on February 29, 1504.

He called the native leaders and warned them if they did not cooperate, he would make the Moon disappear from the sky the following night.

The warning, of course, came true, prompting the terrified people to beg Columbus to restore the Moon — which he did, in return for as much food as his men needed. He and the crew were rescued on June 29, 1504.

So, Columbus took a naturally occurring phenomenon and twisted it into something he claimed was “man made” in order to fulfill a particular agenda. Sound familiar?

At least Columbus’ goal was to stay alive and not just get rich, though I’m sure he could have cleaned up if he’d have had time to come up with a “lunar credits” scheme.

Even though the lunar event is called “the eclipse that saved Columbus,” it wasn’t the eclipse that saved Columbus — it was the natives’ lack of education and understanding of the occurrence itself that saved Columbus.

Al Gore follows the Columbus model to the letter, and for the most part, it still works. Proof-positive of how little we’ve actually progressed in the last 500 years.


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