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The Shrubbery tours Argentina - a pictorial travelogue
by Jason Morrison
Martin stands by a large body of water, much like our own Lake Eire back home.
We were told by local missionaries that this was the "ocean" (El Mar ("el mar")in the local
tongue). According to ancient myth and folklore, this water covers two-thirds of the entire
world! Todd said it sounded like the Great Flood in the Bible, but I cautioned him that
these were pagan legends and nothing more.
Todd soon had mastery over the "ocean," controlling it with his American
willpower. He added some dramatic arm movements and a few shouts for dramatic effect, and
soon we were being worshiped by the entire country. We couldn't fool Martin, though--he
knew it wasn't magic, but natural superiority that allowed Todd to flood the village.
It's amazing how silly the local languange seemed to our sophisticated ears. For
example, the English word "bimbo" (a strumpet, or idiot slut) meant "the trademarked brand
name of a large bakery company" in Argentina. Not only that, but they had a cute little
bear as their totem--certainly not a strumpet!