Saturday, April 9, 2011

Happy Bacon Chicken Day

Francis Bacon, scientist and essayist, died April 9, 1626 of pneumonia. He caught his death while testing his hypothesis that a chicken could be preserved with ice. The chicken was already dead; a recent snowfall provided the ice.

Although April snowstorms are now rare in southern England, Bacon paved the way for the lonely Maytag repairman during the Little Ice Age. Winters were colder in northern Europe during this period, which lasted from the 16th to the mid 19th century.

I'm a huge Francis Bacon fan because he developed the scientific method. I learned in a writing class that he was also an essayist. The instructor was surprised that Bacon had street cred as a scientist. I admire him even more now and aspire to combine science and writing as well as he did.

If you're either a scientist or a writer, join me next year on April 9, 2012 for Bacon Chicken Day. I've put it on my calendar so that I'll remember in time to plan something next year.

7 comments:

  1. Clarence,

    Good news--the first person to note and mark it becomes co-chair of the event. Congratulations!

    I'm thinking chicken cordon bleu to eat.

    Cindy

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  2. I am big fan of CCB, but I also love a Cuban roasted hog. I'm thinking there may be a huge turn out for the inaugural celebration.

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  3. I just checked out Bacon's collection of essays from the library (the same collection that's free online--so now I know). But, the librarians had to retrieve the copy from storage in the basement for me. The edition is leather bound and more than 100 years old and it's in CIRCULATION. How crazy is that?! What is your favorite Bacon essay?

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  4. Sarah,

    A 100 year old leather bound book--how lovely!

    Sadly, I'm embarrassed to admit that I haven't read any of Bacon's essays. Perhaps you could write about a few of your favorites on your blog.

    Cindy

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  5. Cindy,
    Just read this and haven't seen any updates on Bacon Chicken Day in your blog. You better be sending details!!

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  6. Gina,

    Oh my heavens! It might have slipped by me again this year. Thank you for the reminder. I'll try to plan something worthy of Sir Francis.

    Cindy

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