Horrible news! Help is on the way!
Episode 138: In which our stuff catches aflame, and we fight each other instead of the fire. Because ‘Murica. Let’s do this.
First, we cannot speak of firefighting and fire engines without speaking of, briefly celebrating, and linking to the episode about our mascot, Rube Waddell. If you have not heard his story yet, you must: Episode 12. He is a joy, and is the reason Dollop fans are called Rubes.
This image illustrates Benjamin Franklin’s passion for fashion—sorry, I was thinking of someone else. This image, thanks to the Library of Congress, illustrates Franklin’s passion for fire safety. No, really, and it’s kinda cool, like a hidden in plain sight puzzle:
This portrait (Benjamin Franklin of Philadelphia, 1763”, by Edward Fisher (1730–ca. 1785), which depicts Franklin as a learned scientist and inventor, was one of his favorites. Pictured on the left is the signal-bell apparatus Franklin devised to detect the presence of electrically-charged clouds. The bolt of lightning, seen through the open window, became an attribute closely identified with Franklin. At Franklin’s death French philosopher/scientist Jacques Turgot wrote: “He seized the lightning from the sky and the scepter from the hand of tyrants. (LOC)
1608: first structure fire in the American colonies
1635: Boston burned
1654: first fire engine in America
1736: first fire insurance: Union Fire Company
1752: first (known) case of arson
1871: Chicago burned, supposedly thanks to Mrs. O’Leary’s cow:
Late one night, when we were all in bed,
Mrs. O’Leary lit a lantern in the shed.
Her cow kicked it over,
Then winked her eye and said,
“There’ll be a hot time in the
old town tonight!” (greatchicagofire.org)
Bands from this episode:
- Irish Funeral–first album rumored to be titled “Lost Bell”
- Gong Crack
- Chunney Fire
- Leather Buckets—neo-bluegrass, most popular cut: “Muskets and Duck Guns”
- The Crown and the Beaver
- Drunk Voting–first single, “Cut Your Hose”
- Gong Man
Cultural references from this episode:
- Die Hard–There are two types of people in this world: those that understand that Die Hard is a Christmas movie, and those that are wrong.
- Yakov Smirnoff (Night Court, The Money Pit, Brewster’s Millions, Moscow on the Hudson)
So basically we were really dumb when it comes to fire?
Yes. Yes, we are. And organizing. And cooperating. And and and. Welcome to The Dollop.