Tuesday, March 17, 2015

History: The Year is 1537

I've uploaded year 1537 to the TSP Wiki...


Here are some one liners...

A Queen Dies and a Prince in Born -- King Henry the 8th finally gets his son. It kills his new wife though. Queen Jane will get a full queen's funeral and her son, Prince Edward, will reign one day.

The Man Who Will Live 187 Years -- A guy in Hungry is born this year and will live 187 years. I talk about the Paleo diet and the fact that no diet will help you live forever.

Baja California and What Survivors Do -- Cortez sends Fernando to find Amazonian women. He finds the Gulf of California and the Baja peninsula. I also talk about how the peninsula was formed and about the modern threat that Tacoma, Washington faces from Mount Rainier.

A Queen Dies and a Prince in Born

Queen Jane Seymour, the third new wife of King Henry the 8th, has given birth to a baby boy... and dies of complications a few weeks later. She was almost 30 years old which is considered middle age for a woman during this time. Unfortunately, death during childbirth is not unusual. The boy is named Edward and will become Edward the 6th at the ripe old age of 9 years old when his father dies from complications due to being so full of ... food. King Henry will become rather obese in the next few years. As he eats, one wonders what is eating him. Queen Jane was a kind and gentle soul. She receives a full queen's funeral and is laid to rest in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. King Henry will be laid to rest next to her when he finally passes. [1]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
Well... I'm short for words. By all reports Queen Jane was a nice lady. She probably died from infection. This happened a lot to women because "Cleanliness is next to Godliness" hasn't made the rounds in the medical profession yet. Doctors would often walk from an autopsy to the birthing room to deliver a baby with no washing of the hands. (Palm to forehead.) Now you know why they send you to boil water. King Henry won't marry again for three years yet negotiations begin almost immediately for a fourth wife. His advisor, now the Privy Seal Thomas Cromwell, is pulling for a German woman, Anne of Cleves for political reasons. That will be a mistake. She will marry King Henry in early 1540 and be out the door in 6 months. Cromwell will lose his head for this mistake. Few tears will be shed. [2] [3] [4] [5]

The Man Who Will Live 187 Years

Petratsh Zartan is born this year in a small village in Hungry. He will live all of his 187 years in this village. His secret is eating a small cake called kalatschen, followed by milk and a swig of fruit brandy... probably a distilled wine called pálinka. He will be reasonably vigorous up until a few days before his death when he will walk a mile to the post office and back. [6] [7]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
It's difficult to credit this man's age. My sense is that his relatives enjoyed playing up how old he was. I doubt his long life (however long it was) had much to do with what he ate or drank... not entirely anyway. Some people are naturally blessed with long life. I watched a PBS special where they investigated what made people long-lived. The "secret" is to have parents who lived a long life. There is no pill or fruit or special exercise that will allow us to live forever or even 187 years. A good diet makes our years better though. My sons follow a paleo-diet, and my daughter has gone gluten-free. It has done them well but I can no longer follow such a plan. I can approach it, but I can no longer be as strict as I once was. I was in bed for two days last time I was strict. I promised I would never do that again. So... my advice is to eat well, and sensibly. All things in moderation. If I was told that I could live 200 years and all I had to do was to eat cooked carrots morning, noon, and night I'd probably ask, "What do I have to eat to live 150 years?"

Baja California and What Survivors Do

The Baja California peninsula is not in modern day California but south of it. In the 1500s it was thought to be an island. Cortez has heard that this island is populated by women warriors carrying spears of gold, so he sends Francisco de Ulloa to find out what is true and what is not. Francisco, sails up the Vermillion Sea which is now the Gulf of California. He will name it the Sea of Cortez after his commander and discover that Baja is not an island. Also... no Amazonian women with golden spears. [8] [9] [10]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
My brother loves to fish in the Gulf of California. Due to a number of natural disasters over millions of years the Gulf of California (or Sea of Cortez) has retained a rich marine life. The San Andreas fault travels right down the middle of it so when you hear people worry about California slipping into the Pacific Ocean, remember that the type of geological cataclysm that created the Baja peninsula also created the Rocky Mountains. That type of activity is long past. Natural disasters along the Pacific coast today are tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanoes. We remember when Mount Saint Helens blew up, but what about other active volcanoes? Mount Rainier in the State of Washington has the city of Tacoma in the cross-hairs. Pull up Google Maps for Tacoma. Could the paths for pyroclastic flows be any more obvious? Tacoma is going to make Pompeii look like a picnic in the park. The city of Olympia is in better shape and Seattle might make it. I don't want to frighten anyone but survivors think of the possibilities BEFORE something happens. [11] [12] [13] [14] [15]

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Year 1537, Wikipedia.

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