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Rumors of My Death…

A story reported in the 12th Edition of Uncle John’s Absolutely Absorbing Bathroom Reader, that well-known compilation of trivia and other factoids, is thought provoking and worth repeating.

On April 13, 1888, Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor of dynamite and blasting caps, was living in Paris and had a rare opportunity to read his own obituary when he opened a newspaper to the surprising news. The newspaper had goofed. In fact, Alfred’s less well-known brother, Ludwig, had died. Nonetheless, Alfred was shocked to see himself ingloriously portrayed as the merchant of death, a "bellicose monster" responsible for boosting the bloody art of war from bullets and bayonets to long-range explosives. Determined to change his image and redeem the family name, Alfred used his wealth to create the now esteemed Nobel Prize, honoring world leaders in peace, science, economics, literature, and medicine.

If you’re reading this, you still have time to rewrite your obituary.

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