According to an article I found on Yahoo, a scientist has found a possible explanation for syphilis. It might have been brought back to Europe by Columbus and his merry men.
If true, this ought to bring an end to all the whining about how terrible Columbus was to the Indians. He brought them smallpox and civilization. They (presumably) gave him venereal disease, gold, and chocolate.
Civilization and disease versus hedonistic sensual delights. Quite a trade-off, no?
I suppose I could make a comment about American Indian culture leading to rap "music", but it would be too easy.