For the development of vaccines for tetanus, diphtheria, scarlet fever, polio, typhus, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, pneumonia, influenza, shingles, hepatitis, AIDS. For the eradication of smallpox and for the tireless persistence of the common cold.
It makes me think of Mark Twain‘s stalagmite and that water-drip drop . . .
Of course, it hardly matches a drop-by-drop geologic formation but it’s still much older than anything I expected to see on my pantry shelves.
I’m unable to explain a bag of popping corn with an expiry date of September 1917 (like the month matters at this remove in time), but sometimes things just don’t make sense. We have to deal with them anyway.