Sunday, July 4, 2010
I already found the name of this person that I want to bite, and it is Li Tian, and he lived in China about a thousand years ago. At least, some people say that it was Mr. Li that invented fireworks. But there's also a story about a Chinese cook who discovered fireworks by accident 2000 years ago because he mixed charcoal, sulphur, and saltpeter together. But this may have been the invention of gunpowder, and fireworks didn't come until later. So it's all sort of confusing, which makes it hard to know who to bite.
Anyway, firecrackers are supposed to scare away evil spirits and ghosts because they are afraid of the loud noise, just like dogs are. So the Chinese use firecrackers whenever there is an important event, like for instance the New Year or a marriage or a birth or a death.
The English also liked fireworks, and when Elizabeth I was queen, fireworks were very popular. Some of the people who came to America to live here brought along fireworks. The first Independence Day celebration was in 1777, which was before we even knew if we would win the war. But we did win it, and when President Washington was inaugurated, there was a fireworks display.
1. You could hurt yourself while you are escaping.
2. You could get run over by a car.
3. You could become a poor, homeless animal, which is no fun, trust me.
4. You might never be found by your humans, which would make you and them very sad.
5. You are actually safer staying home because the firecrackers can't come inside your house, even if it seems like they are going to.