|Hagar the Horrible|
A mystery, that is, until I learned what sailing on a real Viking ship was like. Watch this amazing video to find out for yourself:
In case you were wondering (I was!), they were hitting speeds up to 14 knots.
We tend to underestimate the technology and skills of the ancients... they didn't have iPhones or Google... what could they possibly have known that's worth remembering? Primitives!
Historical re-creations like this hemp-rigged Norwegian Viking ship remind us we wouldn't be reading magic screens in every last corner of the world without the 'primitive' technologies and brave -- very brave -- men and women who came before us.