Hooked on a feeling

By Jon Bridges In Inbox

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28th August, 2010
One of the world's wonderful mysteries is the fate of the Greenland Vikings. A theory to help explain their disappearance is that, despite a teeming abundance of fish, they refused to catch and eat them. Reading about this in Jared Diamond's page-filled book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, I thought something didn't seem right. If it was eat fish or die out, wouldn't they just have eaten fish, even if it meant breaking a taboo? Rather than sitting around whining and doubting, I decided to test the fish theory with science. What followed was a weekend of deceit, death ...

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