Stamina & Corpses on New Year’s Eve in Lima

  The Chinese invented gunpowder The Greeks invented steam power. The Incas, bless ‘em, invented Viagra. Centuries before modern man began to stand up and salute the little blue pill, the Incas were popping “maca,” an Andean radish which is said to have the same effect. There’s a lesson here for conservationists.  Not too long ago, maca was an endangered species, nearly passing out of existence. Then somebody remembered what the Incas used it for and, voila, the plant is being cultivated all over the place and is now one of Peru’s more stellar exports, meaning that here you don’t need an awkward encounter with a pharmacist for the stiffening pill; ... [Read More]