Speaking of travels, I heard that when Marco Polo first opened the
trade routes to China, he was quite impressed with their rockets.
Now, these weren't quite the fireworks we now know, but they did
shoot into the air, explode and make some pretty patterns.
Strangely, no matter where he went, there were people who made
fireworks, but he had trouble finding someone to demonstrate them for
"Not here!" they said. ...very confusing. Until ol' Marc came upon an
ancient military fortification at the community of Chu'Lai. Here,
fireworks were launched every night, and Marc was very impressed!
But still he wondered, "Why here?" At the end of every week, people
came from great distances, bringing their own fireworks to launch. So
Marco Polo asked his guide why everyone came here to launch their
Marc's guide replied: "Why honored Sir, ... We always set off
fireworks on the Forts of Chu'Lai"