This is the same prof who told us about the time he was standing somewhere in Rome, looking at a little piece of broken wood claiming to be part of the Cross, and two English women were murmuring in awe, and he turned and told them "Madam, if I took all the supposed pieces of the Cross and put them together, I could build a bloody big boat." Apparently there are enough pieces in existence to build a fleet big enough to re-enact at least a couple of the Crusades. "They looked quite shocked," he says. "I think they must have thought I was an American."
Ah, Da Vinci. Did not know Latin or Greek, so was not *really* a Renaissance Man.
Still cool. :P