Topic: "Thriller" (9)
Recently, Frodo read a book entitled "Turn Right at Machu Picchu." The book was written by a social scientist from Yale University near the 100th anniversary of the "re-discovery" of the fabled ruins in the Andes. Frodo learned that the first "re-discovery" took place in 1911 in an expedition headed by an earlier social scientist from Yale University. The 2011 re-discovery was formulated in order to update and expand access to the ruins, and to identify the items purloined at the initial "re-discovery" which should legitimately be returned to the Government of Peru. Note that this effort was not predominantly gratuitous, it was the realization by Yale that Peru could sue the shit out of them for stealing historical artifacts.
Enough about the book itself, Frodo's commentary herein deals with a single incident highlighting the changing global environment, and important because it made Frodo laugh out loud.
The Anglos heading the 2011 expedition were accompanied by a number of ancestral Incas who knew the countryside intimately, and who could garner locations from old maps and pictographs. One evening, while assembled around a warming fire, consuming goodly amounts of locally-brewed beverages, one of the Incas asked of the Anglos "Say, where are you guys from?"
One of the Anglos responded saying "We live in New York."
The Incas stared at one another, and silence prevailed.
Eventually, another Anglo realized that the Incas had no idea where or what New York was, so he said "We are from the United States of America."
Again, the response was met by blank stares and silence.
The expedition leader took charge and said "We are from up North."
"Oh," responded one of the Incas, who now realized that these guys were from someplace that if one walked far enough headed North that eventually one would reach their village. Things apparently then settled down into a continuation of the libation consumption. That is, until the original questioner asked
"Is it true that Michael Jackson is dead?"
Frodo has decided that when next he visits a remote location of Middle Earth, such as Mount Storm, that he will wear but one glove and practice his version of the Moon Walk beforehand.