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

"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."