When Christopher Columbus and his crew landed on our shores in 1492, he brought many things with him–among them, the dreaded sexual disease syphilis, which can damage the heart, brain, eyes and bones, and can also be fatal.

This is shown by recent Indian skeletal evidence. In LiveScience.com, Charles Q. Choi quotes evolutionary biologist Kristin Harper as saying, "All of the skeletons that showed definite signs of (syphillis) appeared to be dated to after Columbus returned to Europe."

Choi quotes researcher Molly Zuckerman as saying, "Syphilis has been around for 500 years. People started debating where it came from shortly afterward, and they haven’t stopped since. It was one of the first global diseases, and understanding where it came from and how it spread may help us combat diseases today."

Will we make similar mistakes in the future? Only time will tell. And speaking of time, as we begin the countdown to that dreaded date of December, 2012, we wonder if you can imagine a time machine that is actually a PAINTING created by a group of CIA agents hiding out in what appears to be a mental institution? This incredible idea is the plot behind Whitley Strieber’s incredible novel The Omega Point, which is available in hardcover or paperback from the Whitley Strieber Collection (and it will come with an autographed bookplate, designed by Whitley). All our Whitley Collection items are now HALF OFF, so don’t hesitate–these will sell out fast!

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