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Dining, SFoodie How Christopher Columbus Changed the Way We Eat

How Christopher Columbus Changed the Way We Eat

Imagine an Italy without tomato sauce, Ireland without potatoes, Belgium without chocolate. Regardless of your feelings about Christopher Columbus and colonialism, the fact remains that the man irrevocably changed the culinary world when he crossed the ocean blue and made…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Charles C. Mann Explains How Columbus Unleashed Cataclysm in Finding "New World"

Charles C. Mann Explains How Columbus Unleashed Cataclysm in Finding "New World"

Consider the potato. It's Irish, right? Or British? Both cultures eat chips with almost anything, and the potato was long a cash crop for Ireland. There was that potato famine in the 19th century that killed some 2 million people…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hello, Cruel World

Hello, Cruel World

Consider the potato. It’s Irish, right? Or British? Both cultures eat chips with almost anything, and the potato was long a cash crop for Ireland. There was that potato famine in the 19th century that killed some 2 million people…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Which Decade's American History Textbook Is the Most Racist? It's the 1890s vs. the 1930s!

Which Decade's American History Textbook Is the Most Racist? It's the 1890s vs. the 1930s!

Each Friday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from Golden State basements, thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets. Columbus and Columbia (1892) vs. American History (1933) Representative Quotes: "The slaves, too, usually…
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Music, Bouncer Christopher Columbus Was a Real Jerk

Christopher Columbus Was a Real Jerk

I was sitting at Specs' Cafe in North Beach, waiting for my blind date to arrive, and thinking about Christopher Columbus. One thing I've learned about explorers is that some of them fell into the job haphazardly. For example, Cortez…
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News, Developments in Shaky Town

Developments in Shaky Town

Structural engineer Patrick Buscovich grabs an oversize metal ruler and stands it upright atop the table like Christopher Columbus planting a flag on the shore of the New World. Then, unlike Columbus, Buscovich triggers an earthquake. He shakes his hand…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Best Parade

Italian Heritage Parade Mid-October, www.sfcolumbusday.org Why do we love this Columbus Day parade? Let us count the ways: the giant Moretti Beer bottle; the S.F. Sanitary District Garbage Can Drill Team; the paisano rhythms of Frank, Dino, and Louis…
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Film, Royal Shaft

Royal Shaft

Where is the dividing line between romantic devotion and psychotic obsession? How can you know whether your romance is Titanic or Fatal Attraction? Veteran Spanish writer/director Vicente Aranda (Lovers) uses the story of Queen Joan "the Mad" (1479-1555) -- daughter…
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Calendar, Halloween

REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): I figure your week ahead will probably have something in common with that roller coaster malfunction in Belgium a few weeks back. Did you hear about it? In the middle of a loop-the-loop, the cars came…
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