The truth is, that living or dead, if but decently treated, whales as a species are by no means creatures of ill odor; nor can whalemen be recognised, as the people of the middle ages affected to detect a Jew in the company, by the nose.
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What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.
Sigmund Freud (referring to the public burning of his books in Berlin)
In the Middle Ages, black pepper was imported from Asia and was so expensive it was sold by the corn.