Friday, October 11, 2013

October 12, 2013: Christopher Columbus, bowling and raincoats.

October 12, 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Even though Columbus was not the first to find the Americas it was his voyage that led to the European migration to the new world. Columbus had some bad information, he thought the Earth was considerably smaller than it actually was but he knew it was round. When he reached the West Indies, he thought he had travelled far enough to reach the Indies. Okay, whatever worked. Columbus was Italian so lets visit the Italy Pavilion at EPCOT and celebrate.

Today is National Family Bowling Day and there is now bowling at Walt Disney World. Splitsville at Downtown Disney (soon to be Disney Springs) is a luxury, modern bowling and dining destination. Strike out for Downtown Disney and use up some of your spare time.

On this date in 1823, Charles Macintosh of Scotland begins selling his raincoats. Macintosh started out as a clerk but he left his position to devote himself full time to science. He was very successful and it was his work with chemicals, in particular naphtha that led to him producing raincoats by cementing layers of rubber. School children all over the planet wear their macs to school on rainy days and we were ponchos and other rain gear often when we are at Walt Disney World. Everyone knows you don’t leave WDW when it rains, that’s often the best time to be there.

Remember, your best excuse is always: waiting for your dreams to come true.

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