Some kick the bucket, others kick the safe.
Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel (1846 – 1911)
Mr. Daniel arrived early for work one day and attempted to access the company safe. That morning he had difficulty remembering the combination. After several attempts, he got angry and kicked the safe in frustration. The kick caused him to badly injure his left foot. Immediately afterwards, he tried walking on the injured foot and realized he could only do so with a limp. The wound refused to heal and grew worse with time. The injury led to blood poisoning and eventually gangrene. Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel died of septicemia which was the direct result of kicking his safe in anger. His famous last words were, “One last drink, please.”
Most ironic of all is the fact that, quite possibly, all Jack had to do to cure his infection was to dip his toe in a glass of his own whiskey to clean the wound. The ethanol alcohol in whiskey works as an antiseptic by coagulating protein, the primary material that makes up cells. It functions well to inhibit the growth and reproduction of many microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses.
Some may think that the moral to this story is: Never lash out in anger. But, we here at Hammerstone’s Whiskey Disks™ think the true moral of the story is: Never go in to work early.