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Yogurt for Lunch
It’s been three months since yogurt last came up on this site, but fortunately yogurt scholars have unearthed a strange, ancient yogurt diary. Here’s an excerpt:
“I was driven thence by foul winds for a space of 9 days upon the sea, but on the tenth day we reached the land of the Yogurt-eaters, who live on a food that comes from a kind of milk. Here we landed to take in fresh water, and our crews got their mid-day meal on the shore near the ships. When they had eaten and drunk I sent two of my company to see what manner of men the people of the place might be, and they had a third man under them. They started at once, and went about among the Yogurt-eaters, who did them no hurt, but gave them to eat of the yogurt, which was so delicious that those who ate of it left off caring about home, and did not even want to go back and say what had happened to them, but were for staying and munching yogurt with the Yogurt-eaters without thinking further of their return; nevertheless, though they wept bitterly I forced them back to the ships and made them fast under the benches. Then I told the rest to go on board at once, lest any of them should taste of the yogurt and leave off wanting to get home, so they took their places and smote the grey sea with their oars.¹”