Friday, April 15, 2011

Idle Musings

The Internet really is a wonder. You can literally know what you want to know at the click of a mouse. Just now, I was checking up something in my copy of “Murder on the Orient Express” when I saw the word “Stamboul”, which got me to singing “Istanbul” (Istanbul was Constantinople. Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople…). There’s a line there that says “Even old New York was once New Amsterdam. Why they changed it, I can’t say. People just like it better that way…” which, of course, got me wondering why they changed it. Are there similarities between it and the original York? Is it because they both have a river? All I had to do to get the answer was google it. Kids these days have it so easy. When I was a kid, if I wanted to know something, I would have asked my parents. If they didn’t know the answer, I’d have to look it up in the encyclopedia. If I had asked my grandfather and he didn’t know the answer, he would have invented one and I would have gone on believing that until I embarrassed myself one day. If the answer wasn’t anywhere found at home, I would have probably just given up and remained ignorant, lol. Anyway, now I know how New York got its name. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that it somehow has connections with the old York, kind of like a father and a son? I don’t know much about York, except that I got a really cool postcard showing the River  Ouse from a friend while she was staying in one of the hotels in york, but I think its charms are very different from those of New York.

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