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VMs: Re: On April 9th 1626... (taken from today's "London Metro" freenewspaper)

At 19:29 09/04/02 -0700, Dana Scott wrote:
I wonder what killed him?

He probably didn't microwave it thoroughly enough. :-)

PS: as GC pointed out, the story is almost certainly wrong in every respect - but that's history for you. :-)

Nick Pelling wrote:

> "On April 9th 1626, Francis Bacon, Viscount St Albans, died as a result of
> a deep-freezing experiment. A former Lord Chancellor sacked for accepting
> bribes as a judge, his essays still feature in dictionaries of quotations.
> He is also remembered for his theories about the Utopian community of
> Atlantis -- but it was his interest in preserving food which killed him.
> While driving in North London, he got out of his carriage and stuffed a
> chicken with snow. He caught a chill and died soon afterwards."