The $14,617 piece of mold

From 538 Significant Digits:


A 90-year-old piece of mold sold for $14,617 at auction. In deference to the mold, it was from the laboratory of Dr. Alexander Fleming, the fellow who discovered earth’s most famous fungus, the one from which he derived penicillin. [The Associated Press]

Why am I impelled to let you know about this? Because when I was 5 I got pneumonia, in both lungs. Dr. Fleming’s mold probably saved my life.

It’s a fact of (my) life and here I am today to cheer: hurray, mold!

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