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The Search For Atlantis: The Beginning, Dammit!
By Grey Exploration (Continued from episode
When I agreed to cover this story one thing I never truly expected was
the amount of sheer personal pettiness that would crop up. With so many
competing theories on the one subject I am not at all surprised by personal
rivalries, professional animosities and even a little jealousy because
one expert, Iím not going to mention who, has a book deal on the subject
of Atlantis, I was not entirely surprised that there was an equal amount
of jealousy because someone, again Iím not mentioning who because it isnít
that easy, has another book deal on a series of Atlantis based fiction,
not all of it science and not all of it suitable for sale in the average
However what I presently face is an astounding amount of hostility because
I am the tiebreaker in terms of a favorite Atlantis debate. Our esteemed
sponsor would occupy an equal position, except he is determined to stay
neutral. And by neutral that means letting everyone and anyone, myself
included, mouth off while he sits back, nods and sips on an alcoholic
drink that he deems appropriate to the location weíre in. Though what
whisky sours have to do with the Mediterranean I donít know.
At the moment we are anchored of Sicily, not nearly as Mafia riddled as
youíd think, and what is our core debate? Is it the location of Atlantis
based on the literary history? Is it the location of Atlantis based upon
cultural similarities? Is it even whether Atlantis fathered a myriad of
cultures or whether it was incorporated into existing cultures? No.
Our debate at the moment centers on whether or not Atlantis was a tourist
This might not have been ridiculous initially, I think the original idea
may have been to debate whether Atlantis was a hub of travel, commercial
and intellectual, or simply a convenient port.
I had thought I had come in to the debate late, as everyone was arguing
whether or no there were ďI Heart AtlantisĒ t-shirts on sale.
Those in against stated that Atlantis inhabitants, being highly dignified
and very intelligent people, would not stoop so low as to market novelty
clothing for tourists. Those in favor were adamant that those in Atlantis
would simply be humans, and therefore as out to make a cheap buck as anyone
As a joke I mentioned that they were probably togas, and then it got really
So I have found out to my disgust the exact caliber of the people I am
I only found out that they had been debating this point for half an hour
before I entered. I donít know what started it, I donít want to know.
One thing is for certain, they kept up debating this one point for nine
hours. Were we not on a well-stocked boat in the Mediterranean, I might