Marco Polo

It’s summer. We have a pool. Sometimes I hear, “Marco!

I was wondering this afternoon what about Marco Polo inspired his name’s being used in this way.

I wouldn’t know. The only thing I remember from my seventh-grade social studies lesson on the explorer is that he’s from Venice.

Here’s why I remember that.

Mr. Snodgress — the one who made us color maps — told us that Marco Polo suffered a terrible injury to his eyes.

And that after that he was a Venitian blind.

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One Response to “Marco Polo”

  1. roberto Says:

    I’ve always found it somewhat disturbing that untold number of children over generations have played that game never knowing the origin or reason for its name. And never questioning it enough, to realize that any two names, or words or vocal ejaculation would suffice.

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