by Michael Yessis | 09.15.09 | 9:50 AM ET
And it wasn’t the U.S. OK, that might not be fair. Hillary Clinton and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg did show up at the festivities, and New York City tourism promoted a days-long 400th anniversary celebration.
But, according to the New York Times, the Netherlands went nuts, covering the just-ended festivities by sending “about 50 reporters to New York, with a major television station running nightly half-hour updates on the proceedings during prime time. And thousands of Dutch citizens crossed the Atlantic to take part, including Crown Prince Willem-Alexander.”
All that to celebrate the achievements of a Brit. So why the hubbub? “[H]is financial backer was the Dutch East India Company. (‘Who paid for the voyage,’ the crown prince said, ‘really counts.’)”
by Michael Yessis | 02.25.09 | 9:44 AM ET
- A Turkish Airlines 737 crashed in Amsterdam. The AP reports nine people were killed.
- Iraq’s National Museum—the one famously looted in the early stages of the Iraq war—reopened.
- Venice turns to Coke to “safeguard its artistic heritage.”
- The landslide winner of Freakonomics’ contest to find a six-word motto for the U.S.: We Are Too Big to Fail.
- Video: One hell of a paper airplane flight—with a quick glimpse of a New York landmark. (via Very Short List)
- Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” has a new Facebook application.
- The Economist on “the first British-built steam train in almost 50 years.”
- Felipe Fernández-Armesto on the 1,047 page Encyclopedia of Exploration 1850 to 1940. (via Passport)
- ESPN sideline reporter Stacey Dales apparently quit her job because she didn’t want to fly coach. Boo hoo, right? There may be more to the story—Dales hasn’t confirmed the initial report.
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