Oh, ha ha....I get it. You're giving a bunny rabbit, bunny ears. Iron-eeeee!
Friends, I have depressing news. On Christmas day, I had a whoopsie doopsy, and I injured my shoulder. I ended up going to the doctor, and it turns out, I tore up my shoulder pretty good. I am confined to a sling until January 7th, at the earliest. That's when I go to the specialist and find out if I need physical therapy, or surgery.
I'm determined to not let this affect my posts too much, but, as Curves will attest, being a one winged turkey makes it hard to type. I will strive to provide you with my oddities on schedule, but they may not be as extensive as they normally are. They may end up being shorter than what you're used to reading.
But, don't hate me. I'm doing my best. (I started this post on Friday soI would have it done in time for Monday). I know a lot of you have come to not only anticipate my oddities posts, but are actually dependent on them. If I miss a post, there are some of you who may shrivel up and die. And I don't want that on my conscious.
So, please, bear with me as I try to recover from my latest injury as quickly as I can. (if anyone cares, this is the shoulder that got me my medical discharge from the military, so it wasn't 100% to start with)
Anyway, now that the tedious, boring crap is out of the way, it's on to today's post.
See that picture up there? That's irony. It's also a picture that would make Jason Chen cream his jeans, as it includes a toot widdle bunny-wunny. (I'm totally guessing on that last fact. But, Chen likes bunnies, and most of you know him from his days at Giz, so, screw it....I went there. Share with him on Twitter if you want)
Irony is a bitch sometimes. And today, I'm going to tell you about a case of irony that is about as ironic as irony can get.
A chemist named Fritz Haber worked for a division of the I. G. Farber company. That division was Bayer. The same Bayer that makes the aspirin in your medicine chest.
The biggest accomplishment he had with Bayer was, he invented a pesticide. It was a very effective pesticide, too. Not only did it kill bugs, but it would kill people too, if they were exposed to a large enough dose.
So, Bayer decided to shelf the pesticide. It's bad PR to kill your customers.
However, Haber had the misfortune of working for Bayer in the early 1930's. In Germany. When the National Socialists came to power, their leader, Adolf Hitler, decided to nationalize pretty much all industry. I.G. Farber, and it's division Bayer, began working for the Nazis.
As the 1930's dragged on, Fritz Haber saw his pesticide taken off the shelf, and it started being used. In fact, it was so effective that his wife killed herself in protest.
By 1938, Haber was feeling the heat of the Nazi regime. You see, Haber was Jewish. So, he fled Germany. Unfortunately for him, he never made it. He died from a heart attack while trying to escape from the Nazis.
And the pesticide he invented? It was called Zyklon B. For those of you who don't know, Zyklon B was the chemical the Nazis used to gas millions of Jews in the death camps.
So, the poison used to kill millions of Jews and other people the Nazis deemed worthy of death, was invented by.....a Jew.
In his defense, Fritz Haber developed the chemical only for the purposes of killing insects. By the time the Nazis began using it on humans, there was nothing he could do about it. The reason his wife killed herself in protest was because it was being used in camps like Auschwitz and Buchenwald. At the time of his death, Haber was actively fleeing Germany, and was on his way to England with the intention of using his skills to help defeat the Nazis.
This post is in no way a condemnation of Fritz Haber. He never intended for his invention to be used in the way it was, and was appalled and horrified to find out it eventual use.
I tell you this story to demonstrate an example of irony. His invention, Zyklon B, was not much different than the American invention of DDT. Once it was found to be deadly to humans, DDT was banned. (well....sort of. But that's a whole nother story) History should, in no way, blame Haber for what happened to the Jews in WWII. If they hadn't used his Zyklon B, the Nazis would have used something else, just as deadly.
Someday, maybe, people will stop killing other people just because they're different than they are.
Ok...this post wasn't as short as I thought it would be. But, hell, when you mix Vicodin and Beer, you babble.