8.24.2007

Rejected

I submitted a list to McSweeney's a few weeks ago and it was rejected today (probably because of my item from 1236). I was encouraged to submit again so I may just do that. In the interests of not wasting work, here's a blog post:

Famous Trades in History

1940
To Germany: Japanese signature of Tripartite Pact
To Japan: Samurai Tradition

1863
To England: Codification of Football (soccer)
To Germany: Samurai Tradition

1773
To Boston: 250 Years of Peace
To the Green Monster that lives in Boston Harbour: Tea

1415
To England: Victory at Agincourt
To France: Jeanne D'Arc (formerly Mary Oldcastle, orphan)

1337
To Asia: Riches from the Silk Road
To Europe: Bubonic Plague

1236
To Spain: Cordoba
To Al-Andalus: Whatever is inside the Kaaba

600 BC
To Greece: Triremes
To Egypt: Nile Delta

2 Billion Years Ago
To Cell: Mitochondria
To Goop: E. Coli hosts (To be chosen at a later date)