Friday, October 12, 2012

The First Mackintosh, The Conscientious Objector and the Medal of Honor, My Life of Exercise and The Perfect Raincoat Cocktail

On this day in 1823, Scottish inventor Charles Macintosh sells the first rubberized raincoat called Mackintosh.

First employed as a clerk, Macintosh devoted his spare time to the study of chemistry, and at age twenty he resigned his clerkship to take up the manufacture of chemicals.

Searching for uses of the waste products of gasworks, Macintosh discovered that coal-tar naphtha would dissolve India rubber. He took a wool cloth and treated one side with the dissolved rubber liquid and placed another piece of wool cloth on top. The result was a fabric that was flexible and waterproof.


For a brief history of other famous Macintosh's (the Architect , the Audio Component Maker, The Earl, and of course, the computer) see here:

The Historical Inebriant: The Perfect Raincoat


1 1/2 oz. bourbon
3/4 oz. Nux Alpina Walnut Liqueur
1 teaspoon almond syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Stir all ingredients over a few ice cubes. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, if so desired.



On this day in 1945, Desmond Doss, (a Seventh-day Adventist and a conscientious objector in World War II), receives the U.S. Medal of Honor. Doss kept to his beliefs by refusing to kill, or even to carry a weapon into combat during his service in the Army as a medic. He did, however, choose to remain in the line of fire and minister aid to the casualties on the battlefield even though he himself had been struck by enemy bullets.
It's a short Wiki read if you click on the link and is worth the read.

If you have time, check out the 3 minute trailer of the documentary made on Doss's life:


Yes, it's true.  I missed this!

But I am a firm believer that a healthy lifestyle should be practised year round, not just for a month.  I believe in 30 - 45 minutes of exercise each and every day!

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