Today’s fascinating, but utterly useless, food fact.
Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban (22 January 1561 to 9 April 1626) was a renaissance man — philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator and author.
He served as both Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England.
He died, curiously, as a result of his scientific endeavours. He was a scientific practitionery who made careful observation of events in nature, and used inductive reason together with a sceptical and methodical approach in order to avoid being misled. This is known as the Baconian method.
He was not popular at the court of Queen Elizabeth, but was knighted by her successor, King James I (of the King James Bible Translation fame).
His death at the age of 65 came about because he had stuffed a dressed chicken with snow in order to ascertain the value of cold in preserving meat. He died of pneumonia as a result of a cold caught while gathering the snow.