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Volume X, Number 2 | spring 2017

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Thirteenth-century professor Thaddeus of Bologna once claimed anyone who ate eggplant for nine days would go insane. A student decided to test the theory and after nine days returned to report he was not mad. Thaddeus asked him to turn around; on observing the student’s behind he announced, “All this about the eggplant has been proved.” It is said the student subsequently wrote a learned treatise on the subject.

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.

- Francis Bacon, 1605

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