Sarah Jenkins wanted to hire the Brown Detective Agency to check out if an antique map for sale was authentic. At some point recently in these books, the customer base for Encyclopedia has shifted from “please figure out who stole my shit” to “please tell me if the shit I’m going to buy is worth my money.” Encyclopedia has gone from boy detective to boy appraiser.
Anyway, Sarah was part of a new group called the Lost and Found Club. All of its members were interested in explorers and old maps. They thought “Explorers Club” was a boring name. High school senior Nate Switcher had recently gotten in touch with the club to tell them that he had a map drawn by a Spanish mapmaker who accompanied Christopher Columbus on his 1492 voyage. He claimed that he bought it at a flea market while he was on vacation in Spain with his family.
Some random teenager claimed to have owned a 500+-year-old map? Yeah, that sounds legit. Buy it, Sarah. Buy it!
Encyclopedia and Sarah went to see Nate and his map. He unrolled a map that was stained yellow, and Sarah was not impressed. The map appeared to show just a few islands and the words “Atlantic Ocean” written in big fancy letters. Nate explained that Columbus only saw a few islands in what is now called the Caribbean, so North or South America wouldn’t be on a map from 1492. Of course, Nate explained, the Americas didn’t earn their name until 1507 when German cartographer labeled the new continents “America” after explorer Amerigo Vespucci.
That explanation seemed to placate Sarah and Nate seemed to know what he was talking about, but Encyclopedia told her to hold on to her money because “Atlantic Ocean” was written in English.
Here’s yet another example of someone one year away from earning a high school degree from the Idaville school system who probably didn’t deserve one. He went through all of the trouble about learning about the history of the Columbus voyage, how America got its name and making this map. I don’t know how he made the map look old, but I would image it would be pretty labor-intensive. But when it came to actually creating this map, this dipshit used English.
Despite the fact that Columbus sailed for Spain, the mapmaker in Nate’s own story was Spanish and he bought it while he was in Spain. How did it not occur to this dipshit not to use Spanish?
Not only do I worry about the education these kids are getting in the high school, I also worry that attending this school will make Encyclopedia dumb.