Thursday, October 18, 2012

Things That Come in Bottles

Lori's favorite thing about Thomas Edison's summer home in Fort Myers, Florida, besides the rows and rows of different lightbulbs in his lab, is the huge banyan tree in the yard. It is her favorite tree, and the very first one in the U.S. is the one planted by Edison at his home in Fort Myers. The tree, originally only 4 feet (1.2 m) tall, now covers an acre of land on the estate!

Thomas Edison died on this date in 1931. Edison's last breath is reportedly contained in a test tube at the Henry Ford Museum. Ford was one of Edison's fishing buddies, so it is conceivable that Ford was able to convince the family to seal that last breath, but it is a bit creepy.

On a side note, the De Atramentis ink manufacturer has a line of inks named for famous people. The Thomas Alva Edison is a lovely red and one of my new favorites. Ink in a bottle is much preferred over breath in a bottle.

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