March 31, 1596

On This Date in! in 1596, Rene Descartes was born. A couple of days later, his father Joachim Descartes was heard to say to his wife, Jeanne Brochard, “The child does stink, therefore change his diaper,” Jeanne Brochard later swore that as soon as her husband utter his phrase, baby Rene quietly said, “I stink, therefore I am.”

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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