THE BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS
Lately I have been thinking about geographic luck, 1642, and pancake batter.
In Jared Diamond's book Guns, Germs, & Steel,
he attempts to explain agricultural diffusion as a series of events precipitated by geographical luck.
The fertile crescent of Mesopotamia contained nutritional storable wild grains and herbivorous mammals with the right temperaments to jumpstart the Agricultural Revolution and the birth of Civilzation.
These lucky finds were also transportable to similar latitudinal destinations and Civilization was propelled forward. It was pure luck that the hunter gatherers stumbled upon these essential elements. Other people around the world were equally intelligent and adaptable but they were surrounded by less nutritional crops and fewer, in some instances zero, animals that could be domesticated.
He also pointd out that these prized discoveries were carried forward from the Fertile Crescent because the people had overexploited the resources and climate change.
1642 was the year that Galileo died and Newton was born.
It was a brave new world. By then Erasmus , Guttenberg, More, Luther and others had struck a fatal blow to the Catholic Church and it's Millenial reign over Europe. The Renaissance was coming to fruition and the Middle Ages were mercifully put to rest. Bacon had argued that practical knowledge was power and shook up the the scholastic world by suggesting that perhaps people should be learning in order to improve the humand condition instead of just wanking around trying to maintain the status quo.
I am always struck by how long it has taken the collective 'us' to get past tradition and start examining the world as it is instead of how the Ancients imagined it to be. There are still elements of this struggle being fought. How can we be so smart and so stupid at the same time.
And finally why is the essence of pancake batter so similar to that of seminal fluid? This peculiar fact of life has troubled me for years and I am yet to make heads or tails of this phenomenon.
I am not alone, if you google semen smells like pancake batter prepare to be enlightened.
What am I missing about linking Hanky Panky & Pancakes, Babies & Batter, Flapjacks & Ejaculate? Is this some sort of Cosmic Prank?
Apparently none of the great Scientists were inspired to tackle this great mystery.
Naturally there will be some formulaic, chemical, explanation but meh whatever!What say you of this bizarre coinky-dink?
Please feel free to 'Enlighten' me?