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Pat Shingleton: "Lackland and Smells..."

3 years 7 months 2 days ago Wednesday, October 14 2020 Oct 14, 2020 October 14, 2020 9:00 AM October 14, 2020 in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton:

King John “Lackland” of England, the favorite son of King Henry II, received the nickname because his father had no land to give him. John, the younger brother of King Richard the Lionhearted, tried to overthrow his brother. Returning from the Crusades in 1194, Richard forgave his brother but John was condemned by the country’s barons because of taxes. In 1215, the barons presented a resolution with the Magna Carta which he signed but didn’t follow. Retreating from an invasion by Prince Louis of France, John and his entourage crossed the Wash, located in East Anglia. This treacherous tidal mud flat incurred an unusually high tide; washing away his treasures including the crown of jewels. Because of the flood, King John died of dysentery in October 1216. Also, as we anticipate another cooling frontal passage Thursday, your nose may collect a whiff from the paper plants northwest of Baton Rouge. Bad odors are often one of the more evident aspects of air pollution. Even small concentrations of odors can be easily detected. When 50% of the population can detect an odor, it's called the olfactory threshold and can be as small as one part per million, billion, or trillion, depending on the chemical species. In Madison, Wis., on May 3, 1991, strong winds fanned a fire at the Central Storage and Warehouse. This building housed large quantities of cheese and meat products. The blaze erupted into a giant grease fire and despite a driving rainstorm, the inferno burned for three days. The following days included record-hot weather that enhanced quick rotting of the food residue. Residents held their noses as hardware stores sold out of clothes-pins.

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