Let’s start out the Monday morning blog with something unrelated. When you read that first sentence, does that make you feel like this is Groundhog Day because I regularly have unrelated stuff in my blog?
This weekend I was at Virginia Beach, where the snow was still built up around the roads and down on the sand. When I looked out my window, I saw a snowman down by the water. I took a picture that is very difficult to see but still proof.
I realized that a snowman deserves to go to beach like everyone else. Isn’t that quite the discovery? My snowman discovery segues to the personal discovery of Alfred Nobel.(Wikipedia)
Alfred Nobel was a Swedish chemist/engineer. He had initially devoted his life to the study of explosives and to the safe manufacturing of nitroglycerine. In 1867, after several experiments that even included the death of his brother in a shed explosion, Nobel invented and then patented dynamite as a safer explosive alternative to nitroglycerin. It was used in mining and had use in war.
In 1888, Nobel unwittingly learned what others thought of him, when his brother passed away. A French newspaper mistakenly thought that it was Alfred Nobel who had died and erroneously published Alfred’s obituary. In the obituary, it described Alfred Nobel as “the merchant of death is dead”. Nobel was greatly saddened when he “read his obituary” and realized that dynamite and explosives were going to be exactly how he would be remembered.
When Nobel signed his last will and testament, he set aside the bulk of his wealth and estate to establish Nobel Prizes to be awarded each year. These prizes were to be awarded in a number of categories that relate to cultural and/or scientific advances, including the Nobel Peace Prize.
Between 1901 and 2013, I count 869 Nobel Prizes being awarded. Each recipient receives a gold medal, a diploma, and a sum of money that amounts to about 1.2 million dollars in U.S. money. Now, Nobel has accomplished his wish. He is no longer remembered for his invention of destruction. Rather, for his long-lasting contribution in honoring those who have accomplished and made great discoveries in their specific fields.
DID YOU KNOW that over 7000 years ago, the ancient Egyptians bowled on alleys similar to our bowling alleys of today.
And for pic o’ day, some would say that shoes are the greatest invention: