March 8, 1775

On This Date in! in 1775 Joseph Priestley discovered that mice needed oxygen to live. When asked why he used mice for his experimentation, Priestly said that they were easy to capture, could be stored in small cages, and were vermin that had no use other than experimentation. He was subsequently asked why he didn’t use politicians since they were also of no known use, he responded, “the buggerers, while easy to capture with promises of wine, women, and food, actually expect the wine and women and food to be given to them and whine incessantly if the promised lures are not provided. Also, it is hard to determine if they are truly dead as many a suspected dead politician has resuscitated when a monetary bribe has been passed within reach of their grasping fingers.”

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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