neeroc (neeroc) wrote,

Getting myself all edumacated.

I love reading something and having an 'a-ha!' moment. Last week I was reading The Wealth and Poverty of Nations when I came across an entry about The Black Hole of Calcutta and I swear the lightbulb lit up the whole room.

It's one of those expressions I've always heard but never gave much thought to. I probably just thought that someone was calling Calcutta a hole. But there's actually history to it. I'm not saying that the interpretation that wiki or Landes or any of the contemporary reports gave are what occurred, but knowing that there is a reason for the expression intrigues me.

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