Today’s birthday wishes go out to Marco Polo, Italian merchant whose time in China was immortalized in his Travels. Sadly, although much of his account portrays a fairly accurate picture of the cultural and social realities of 13th century China, most of his readership refused to believe him due to the supposed fantastical aspects of his writings. Of course, this was the same audience that believed in cannibalistic monsters, dog headed people, and other oddities. Sometimes there you can’t predict your audience’s preferences.