The Clayton Daily News has a story online with a general summary of Clayton County Sheriff Victor “Walking Small” Hill’s first term in office with interviews from his supports and detractors. But here’s the interesting part:
Sheriff Victor Hill sees himself as more than that. He is, he has said, someone who sees things in a bold, new way. In one anecdote he has repeated a number of times, he compares himself to Christopher Columbus. “There was this guy,” the sheriff said, “who said that the world was round. No one believed him. Everyone else thought the world was flat, and they wouldn’t listen to him, and they got in his way. But he set sail, anyway. He’s the guy who discovered America.”
Problem: Columbus didn’t discover the Earth was round. Aristotle was one of the first to note it more than 350 years before the birth of Christ by observing the Earth’s shadow on the Moon during a lunar eclipse. Later, Eratosthenes of Cyrene was the first to accurately estimate the Earth’s diameter and, of course, Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastián Elcano solidified it with their efforts under sail (although the former died during the voyage, I believe).