Did You Know That Mistake + Manatees = Mermaids?

1 min readMay 19, 2021


Artwork by Incrediville

How drunk do you have to be to confuse Ariel with Loafy?⁠
🎨 by @incrediville

One of Christopher Columbus’ most embarrassing mistakes is his lack go knowledge of geography. The world is so much bigger than he thought. Yes, travel technology was crap back then, but still, huge mistakes were made, Christopher. ⁠

Just when we thought it’s terrible enough to mistake Native Americans for Indians, he’s also mistaken mermaid for manatees. (Yeah, he basically thought Loafy was Ariel.) ⁠

On January 9, 1493, he and his crew were sailing near the Dominican Republic, saw three “mermaids,” and describes them as “not half as beautiful as they are painted.” ⁠

Never trust an explorer?⁠





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