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October 27
How to Make a Bomb in a Blender

This is a picture of a 1901 De Dion Bouton gasoline automobile. Since it wasn't the only automobile being manufactured in France at the time, I cannot be sure that it was this vehicle that was the first car ever used for a robbery getaway, but the first one looked like it, more or less, as it "sped" away from the Parisian scene of the crime on this day in 1901. The perpetrators must be given credit for this novel use of a new technology.

Saints celebrating feast days today include Saint Frumentius, and Saint Otteran or Odhran.

Celebrating birthdays today: Ruby Dee (1924), Marla Maples (1963), Nanette Fabray (1920).

Actually, there are precious few things that can't be used in the commission of a crime, some less successfully than others, as innovative scofflaws through the ages have demonstrated.

And there are even new crimes invented to take advantage of new technologies. For instance, someone made the first obscene telephone call. Think of that! There was no precursor of the obscene phone call unless you count writing an obscene anonymous letter, which would certainly lack the spontaneity and the participatory nature of the obscene phone call.

How about the first counterfeit money? It was very difficult to make counterfeit seashells or sheep or anything else that was legal tender until we had actual money, either coins or bills. But as soon as those things came along, someone thought up counterfeiting.

I have no idea what the first computer crime was, but almost the second that there was an Information Superhighway, there were people ripping off their clothes and yelling and screaming and jumping up and down on all the overpasses. And of course there is/was Jennycam, the first for-profit cyberexhibitionist. I'll bet her parents are proud.

Now, as for the title of this essay, I don't know if you can make a bomb in a blender. You CAN make very good mayonnaise, though:

Basic Blender Mayonnaise

1 Egg; whole, at room temperature
2 tb Wine vinegar at room temperature
1/2 ts Salt
1/2 ts Dry mustard
3/4 c Vegetable oil* at room temperature
Pepper to taste

Place egg, wine vingegar, salt, mustard in machine at low speed and add 1 T. oil. Whiz and then add remainder of oil in a slow stream till thick.

* Oils preferred: peanut, safflower, soy.

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