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Didja Know?! #2 ~ Save your breath!

Or save someone else’s rather…

This is just too bizarre not to share!

While Thomas Edison was on his deathbed, it was requested by none other Henry Ford a friend and admirer of Edison’s that his son, Charles Edison catch his father’s last breath in a test tube.

No worries, this isn't THE test tube--nor is it what the the box says, "5cc tube for urine sampling".  Well, it might have been intended to be one, but I don't think it was used or it wouldn't have still been in its box... Or so I'm choosing to believe.  (This was another antique store find.)

No worries, this isn’t THE test tube–nor is it what the the box says, “5cc tube for urine sampling”.
Well, it might have been intended to be one, but I don’t think it was used or it wouldn’t have still been in its box… Or so I’m choosing to believe.
(This was another antique store find.)

The younger Mr. Edison obliged Mr. Ford and caught his father’s breath in a glass test tube then corked it and sealed with with paraffin wax and gave it to Mr. Ford who kept it until his death. After Ford died, the labeled test tube went to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

*This awesome, life-enriching tidbit comes to you courtesy of my late night reading of Napoleon’s Privates: 2,50 years of History Unzipped.

Nap's Privates

I’m a little embarrassed to admit I read a book with such a title–almost as much as I was carrying it around the bookstore and buying it. However, it’s actually really interesting and tells a lot more than the final destination of Napoleon’s love musket.

In case you feel the urge to read it, too, here’s a direct link to it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble so you can be spared the mortification of carrying it around the bookstore and plopping it on the counter like I was! (Oh, okay, I wasn’t too embarrassed at all. There’s a reason I wrote the Scandalous Sisters…I’m as shameless as all the Banks girls.)

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