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If one listens closely enough, one can hear one’s arteries hardening…

…  but what a way to go.  From the “Cheese and Burger Society” (a front for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board), thirty champion cheeseburgers.  For instance, #21:

Meet the others– lusciously portrayed, with recipes and further facts on the fromage– at CheeseAndBurger.com.

As we wipe our fingers on whatever is handy, we might recall that it was on this date in 1590– the third birthday of Virginia Dare, the first child born in Roanoke Colony, thus the first England child born in the New World– Gov. John White returned to Roanoke to find all 177 members of the community vanished.  “The Lost Colony,” as it became known, is believed to have attempted to migrate to Croatoan Island (near Cape Hatteras), and to have been absorbed into the Croatan tribe there.

…one of the chiefe trees or postes at the right side of the entrance had the barke taken off, and 5. foote from the ground in fayre Capitall letters was grauen CROATOAN without any crosse or signe of distresse

-Richard Hakluyt, from his description of the deserted settlement at Roanoke Island, August 18, 1590;  Principal Navigations, Voyages of the English Nation, Vol. III, 1600

White at the tree

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