You Can Thank the Indians

It wouldn't take much to show respect for the Indians. People could at least say "thank you". Did you have coffee this morning? You can thank the Indians. Do you like to eat popcorn when you go to the movies? The Indians gave you that. I doubt if anyone here likes french fries more than I do, or for that matter, any potatoes. Russet potatoes used to have the nickname "Irish potatoes." Just remember the next time you have tater tots that Indians were eating potatoes in North America long before the Irish or any other Europeans knew about them.

Perhaps all this is just giving you a headache, and you want to take an aspirin. Just remember to thank the Indians when you do it. Aspirin is a derivative of red willow bark, and we Indians still use it in tea for headaches. A European scientist got the credit for it, but it came from the Indians.

If it weren't for us Indians, you wouldn't have any junk food at all.

In fact, most of the foods that are now considered staple foods came from North and South America. In this century, a Southwestern Indian variant of corn was successfully introduced into Africa to reduce famine there.

Oh, and by the way, that chocolate that you love so much? Well, you get the idea.

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