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September 02, 2004

Peter Posnette, the saviour of modern chocolate, has died. Until I read his obituary, I had never heard of this man brought so much pleasure into my life--and helped keep afloat the economy of one of the world's poorer regions. In his honor, let's celebrate the world's unsung heroes. Come on, monkeys--tell me about the folks I've never heard of, but who deserve my thanks.

Sir Howard Florey. Isolated penicillin, allowing its bulk production.

Stanislav Petrov chose to not destroy the world, which in his situation was harder than it sounds.

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Norman Borlaug has saved more human lives than anyone ever in history.

Wow. That Petrov arcitle. I had no idea. I remember going to sleep at night in the 80s thinking it very possible I wouldn't wake up, b/c there would be a nuclear war. Turns out I was right.

Seriously, I got chills reading that. I still haven't recovered.

I believe I've found some new heroes. I further believe I'll be building a shrine to Petrov in my garage.

that Stanislav kicks major hero ass!

(and welcome, smallish bear)

don't forget these golden-retriever heroes!

good dog!

There's this guy called Chy Conrad, he's without doubt the greatest genius that ever lived. But he knew that his discoveries would only lead to evil, so he deliberately sacrificed fame & fortune for beer & pretzels.

Now send me money.

Speaking of sending money, evidently Colonel Petrov's health is not well. This link has an address for sending letters and donations.

Don't know how to verify that it's legit, of course. If it is, I'd like to send him something.

That Petrov character, if that's who it really is, looks a hell-of-a-lot like Sean Connery. Hmmmmm...

I had heard about this incident in passing before, but never about Col. Petrov specifically. It's eerily like "FailSafe", only turned the other way around. Chilling. Best link I've seen today.

I just can't get over it. There's a guy, living today, who can legitimately claim that one day in 1983 he literally SAVED THE WORLD.

And he's not a comic book character, either.

I'm buying vodka and toasting Stanislav, and forcing all my friends and family to do so as well. Even my 4-year old son. Toughens him up.

Seriously, though, when I think about what we owe this guy...

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