I just found out that we all missed something really important back in December: the 164th anniversary of the invention of the bathtub (on the 28th).
How could it be that something so important could have been picked up by NO ONE -- not newspaper, television, radio, NPR, the BBC or a single blog (that I could find)?
It makes you kinda wonder, in this day and age of ever-changing electronic gizmos, newfangled gadgets, and just plain goofy technology that you look at and go "Wha?" how we as a civilization could overlook something so fundamental. I have even heard it said that the ability to bathe regularly is the foundation for civilizations. Look at the Greek and Roman baths. Could you be any more civilized than that?
Invented in Cincinnati, of all places, the wonderful bathtub was ridiculed and derided -- called everything from Satan's bowl, to unhygenic; and the medical profession thought they would lead to a whole list of unpleasant diseases. They were banned in Boston and taxed in Virginia.
Of course, as with all things, the tide changed and people slowly began to adjust their thinking. I understand the floodgates were finally opened when one was installed in the White House by Millard Fillmore -- 13th president of the United States.
Sadly, the name of the inventor has apparently been lost in time.
Well, here's a tip o' the hat to you, whomever you are, for coming up with such a great and useful invention.
[Thanks to Mr. Mencken in New York for this tip.]