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Jokes #4

Have you perhaps ever heard of the well-known Portuguese explorer, Vasco Da Gama? If you don't know who he is, let me explain it this way: he's the one who actually GOT to the Indies while Columbus was cruising around Cuba and insisting that it was Japan (even though the natives were suspiciously a lot darker than most Japanese)! (True story) :)*

Anyway, Vasco Da Gama succeeded in expanding Portugal's empire in India and profiting from the Spice Trade. One time, he had landed in present-day Kozhikode, which is a pretty big city in Kerala today. 

In 5th grade, we had to study Vasco Da Gama with a partner. I never had a good idea of what "Kozhikode" is supposed to mean in Malayalam, but nevertheless, I noted that Da Gama had landed in a place in Kerala called Kozhikode and explained to my partner that kozhi means "chicken" in Malayalam.

"Yeah," my partner replied, "I have a friend named Corey, and he's a chicken, too!

(*Note: Sorry everyone, I forgot that I had actually talked about him in the Introduction!)

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