Is that REALLY what they Think of Me?

Winston Salem, North Carolina
September 12, 2017 12:14pm CST
The Big People around here have settled down to a new school year, there isn’t a lot for me to do during the day, so I have been listening in on some of the lessons. A large part of their current studies involve reading about the 20th Century. That seems like ancient history to me, after all I don’t remember much more than the past six weeks or so; but some of the lessons have been kind of interesting. Today’s lesson really grabbed my attention. What would go through your head if you opened a newspaper and read your own obituary? That’s exactly what happened approximately 130 years ago to a Swedish man. What he read wasn’t exactly flattering. The text referred to him as a “merchant of death” and accused him of building his fortune by devising new ways to “mutilate and kill.” The individual in question held 355 patents that included designs for detonators and a smokeless gunpowder. His most well known invention was dynamite, and anyone who has ever watched the Road Runner Looney Tunes how useful that particular item can be in causing mayhem and destruction. I don’t think anyone enjoys reading negative things about themselves and this man was no exception. Reading that obituary, though, gave the man a chance to change his legacy. His will left instructions to bequeath large financial prizes to individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of science, literature and peace. The man was Alfred Nobel; the initiator of the Nobel Prizes for Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Economics (added in 1969), Literature, and, of course, Peace.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Not to be confused with Alfred Noble. Alfred Nobel Alfred Nobel Born Alfred Bernhard Nobel (1833-10-21)21 October 1833 Stockholm, Sweden, Sweden–Norway Died 10 December 1896(1896-12-10) (age
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• Jacksonville, Florida
12 Sep
That is really interesting and I do not remember learning about it before. Guess who's household will now learn about it? Yup, mine! Thanks for sharing this. =)
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
12 Sep
Glad you enjoyed it, I figure I might as well take advantage of any educational opportunities that come my way, and if I happen across anything particularly interesting it will give me something else to write about (my life isn't particularly exciting when the Big People aren't on the road).
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@paigea (21030)
• Canada
12 Sep
Love the history lesson. If I ever read that before (I think I must have) I had completely forgotten.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
12 Sep
The Huis Vrouw insists that reading part of the lesson's aloud gives her a chance to learn right along with the last homescholar. The books are too big for me to tackle by myself .
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@Corbin5 (78823)
• United States
12 Sep
So glad you are paying attention to some of the school work that is going on in your home, Emmett!!! I think the Big People need to make a little bitty quiz for you to take regarding Alfred Nobel.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
12 Sep
I'm not sure the Big People could write small enough for me. Come to think of it, the Huis Vrouw's handwriting is pretty atrocious at the best of times.
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@Corbin5 (78823)
• United States
12 Sep
@Platespinner A verbal quiz is in order, Emmett.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
12 Sep
@Corbin5 Somehow I suspect if there is a quiz, it will involve a lot more than just Mr. Dynamite, even if it is a verbal quiz.
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@RubyHawk (21451)
• Atlanta, Georgia
13 Sep
That's an interesting story.I don't think I want to know what will be said about me.
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@RubyHawk (21451)
• Atlanta, Georgia
13 Sep
They couldn't acuse me of that but I don't want to know anything else they might say. @Platespinner
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
19 Sep
@RubyHawk I suspect that people will only have nice things to say about you when you're gone. Hopefully they're saying them to you now as well.
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@RubyHawk (21451)
• Atlanta, Georgia
19 Sep
@Platespinner I hope everyone say good things about you too.
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@FayeHazel (10783)
• United States
12 Sep
That is very interesting. It sounds like a gift from God that he read that about himself
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
12 Sep
"Write you own obituary" is a fairly common highschool creative writing assignment...but I think it makes a much bigger impact when someone else writes it, especially if it tells the unvarnished, and unpleasant, truth.
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@FayeHazel (10783)
• United States
12 Sep
@Platespinner I think you're right - and I would feel weird writing my own. :/
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
12 Sep
@FayeHazel It is kind of weird, but it does force an individual to stop and think about their priorities.
@just4him (89159)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Sep
Reading your own obituary would be disconcerting, but when it brings about positive change, it can't be all bad.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
13 Sep
From what I understand his brother passed away and a French reporter got the facts mixed up. It seems the media have been getting things wrong for a very long time.
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@just4him (89159)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Sep
@Platespinner Yes they have. So funny about the mix-up.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
12 Sep
Well this is very interesting Emmet. I had heard of Alfred but not known this part of his history. Hope you get to listen in and learn more Emmet, and thanks for sharing with us.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
12 Sep
Listening to school work is much more interesting than watching TV. Especially when the TV is rarely ever actually turned on.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
12 Sep
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@Marty1 (25649)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
12 Sep
Glad you can listen in on the lessons. It sounds interesting I never knew the history you shared with us!
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
12 Sep
There is lots to learn, I just have to remember to pay attention (my brains are pretty small, so that's not always easy to do).
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@Marty1 (25649)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
13 Sep
@Platespinner as long as you try your best, that is all that counts! Hope you share some more interesting things you learn as what you shared on this post was very interesting!
@kepweng (5869)
11 Oct
do you already watch batman lego and the new release ninja go lego?
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
11 Oct
Nope, we haven't had much time for movie watching around here lately.
@UncleJoe (8094)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
18 Sep
I hear you, Emmett. Just when I think I have done something brilliant, Becky tells me how stupid it was.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
19 Sep
I guess brilliance is like beauty, it's all in the eye of the beholder.
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@jstory07 (57044)
• Roseburg, Oregon
13 Sep
Reading that changed the way that he thought.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
13 Sep
...and changed what the rest of the world remembers him for.
@LadyDuck (118527)
• Switzerland
13 Sep
And this poor man is now turning and tossing in his grave seeing how some prizes were given.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
13 Sep
No doubt!
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@JudyEv (96943)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Sep
I hope you keep listening in on lessons and relaying stuff back to us. I found this really interesting as I didn't know any of this.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
13 Sep
I'll try to keep my ears perked for other interesting tidbits of information.
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@Susan2015 (18309)
• United States
12 Sep
You will learn a lot from just listening.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
13 Sep
The books are too big for me to handle so that's my only option for now. School is kinda fun.
12 Sep
What an amazing story. Didn't know about this. Thank you.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
12 Sep
Glad you enjoyed it. So far the history studies around here have been full of fascinating stories, I'm sure I'll be sharing more as the school year progresses.
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@Juliaacv (22100)
• Canada
12 Sep
You're gaining the wisdom my friend!
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
13 Sep
Knowledge perhaps, wisdom will only be apparent if I can wisely apply the knowledge that I have gained. Ooooohhh, that sounded rather erudite didn't it--not bad for a dude with a very small brain!
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• Pamplona, Spain
19 Sep
Great information thank you for sharing this one. I don´t know how mine would read hope it would be good at least.
@salonga (27969)
• Philippines
14 Sep
It is good the man decided to change his legacy.