It's Leif Erickson Day, time to celebrate one of the world's best-known Vikings!
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Of course, *I* don't know much about Leif Erickson, so I'm going to get a little help from our old friend, the Internet.
There once was a Viking named Eric the Red. He probably looked something like this:
Eric had a son named Leif, who turned out to be a good sailor.
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It helps when you start them young.
When Leif's father was banished from Iceland, they hopped a boat...
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...and headed to Greenland.
It was while he was in Greenland that Leif and his family learned how to train dragons.
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Um... wait... is that right?
OK, forget that last bit. And remember, don't believe everything you read on the Internet, kids.
(Great cake, though, right?)
Anyway... Leif sailed on many voyages.
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Eventually, he got restless and sailed off to find a far-off land he'd heard about, 600 arduous miles away.
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(You have to see the back, too. The bubbles are hand-blown sugar!)
Leif is believed to have found the New World 500 years before Columbus.
Leif Erickson Day sailed onto the national calendar in 1964.
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Thereby raising public awareness of Viking culture enough to inspire a TV show in 2013:
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...not to mention its fair share of adorable birthday party themes:
So, Happy Leif Erickson Day, everyone!
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May the horns on your hat never fall out.