Thursday, May 02, 2013

Let us eat, Jane

Sorry* to be so adolescent about major news items, but for the foreseeable future, this is going to come to mind when the prescience of Our Founding Fathers is mentioned:

Jamestown's colonists resorted to cannibalism during the "starving time" winter of 1609-10, archaeologists confirmed** Wednesday.

In a presentation at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, archaeologist Doug Owsley presented the reconstructed skull of a 14-year-old English girl, named "Jane" by the researchers, discovered at the site of the fort and bearing the marks of butchery.

Perhaps we can now think of the Jamestown comma as a regional variant of the Donner Party comma.

*OK, not very
** Kudos to the AP for not saying "confirmed"

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