Thursday, December 11, 2003

Stop the presses! It appears that some 17th century Javanese coins have been found encased in mud on the banks of the River Thames in London. Wow! How incredibly bizarre!

I really don't know why this story is newsworthy, but apparently others feel the need to tout this finding as "mysterious", even though London was doing a brisk trade with Java in the 17th century. In fact, the English and the Dutch, not the Pennsylvania Dutch, had been duking it out for the proposed monopoly on all those great Javanese spices. Paprika, bay leaves, Mrs. Dash, all the heavies. So why is this mysterious? Just because they are the first Javanese coins from the 17th century? So what? It must be a weak news day.


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