Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Diego means "James"

I just got off the phone with a British gent calling from the island of Diego Garcia, which I didn't even know existed till he called. A fascinating place, really. And a reminder of how work and wikipedia can sometimes entertain me for a full 20 minutes or so. Most interesting to me:

  • It can be profitable to produce Copra, a bi-product of the coconut. This fact bodes well for any future plans to move to an island with coconuts.
  • We (Britain and the US) made the island's (sort-of) native population of Ilois go away, which is not a very nice way to say "Thanks for all that free labor your grandpa gave us."
  • It seems like replacing the native folks with nuclear weapons is a pretty damn-near-certain possibility. I suspect that China is less-than-pleased...

2 Comments:

Blogger bikkhouschka said...

nuke the world baby! who needs it, we're all gonna die of the bird flu anyway.....

8/3/06 6:10 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

Actually, it's more closely related to the Hebrew name "Jacob", which makes more sense when you use the Hebrew pronunciation which sounds like "Yay-Cobe".

19/9/09 5:25 PM  

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