Sharpened Saliva

My friend Gary said, “Great story. Enjoyed every bit. Makes me feel useless living my simple life. That man knew how to live!”

From Discover Magazine, Inuit Knives Made of Feces, Wade Davis, a real-life Indiana Jones, describes the Inuit ‘shit-knife’:

“As the feces began to freeze in his hand, he shaped it into an implement. When the blade started to take shape, he put a spray of saliva along the leading edge to sharpen it. He used it to butcher a dog. Improvised a sled with the dog’s rib cage and disappeared into the night.”

ScienceBlog found a thrilling talk on ethonsphere that Wade Davis, a National Geographic explorer, gave at TED – “the perils facing cultural diversity in this increasingly monocultural world”.