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Quotation of the Day…

… is from page 21 of Stanley Lebergott’s wonderful 1993 volume, Pursuing Happiness: American Consumers in the Twentieth Century:

For a million days before Columbus ever reached America, cooks dirtied the environment every day.  Primitive campfires reach back to at least 2000 B.C.  And wood creates more deadly benzo (a) pyrenes and particulates per meal than gas does, or electricity from coal.