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A Brief History On April 19, 1943, Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman became the first known person to ever dose himself with the hallucinogenic drug LSD, after previously having discovered the psychedelic properties of the substance only 3 days earlier.  Hoffman, not to be confused with 1960’s American radical Abbie Hoffman (1936-1989), also rates in the history of mind blowing drugs as the person that discovered the stuff that makes psychedelic mushrooms powerful hallucinogens, specifically the compounds Psilocybin and Psilocin. Digging Deeper Hoffman’s birth in Baden, Switzerland in 1906, to a working class family did not foreshadow the heights of scientific…

A Brief History On this April Fool’s Day, we not only wish you a happy April 1st, but to dispel some historical and current event misconceptions, we also want to share with you three strange events that actually happened in the history of the southernmost continent, Antarctica.  Again, we want to be explicitly clear that what follows are NOT jokes.  These events actually happened! Digging Deeper 1. The Nazis Attempted to Create a Colony There Yes, those guys!  The Third Reich, enemies of Indiana Jones and Captain America… In 1939, Germany sent an expedition to explore a chunk of Antarctica…

A Brief History On December 9, 2020, we had the opportunity to review a new feature film, Songbird, scheduled for digital release on December 10, 2020.  With the basis of the film being a mutated Covid virus that has sent the United States (and presumably the World) into a dystopian future (4 years from now), there are sure to be critics that find the subject matter to be in bad taste.  (Note: We do not provide spoilers.) Digging Deeper Touted as a “Michael Bay” film, it must be noted that Bay is the producer, not the director or screenwriter.  Other…

A Brief History On December 7, 1941, the Japanese Imperial Navy conducted a surprise (or less politically correct, “sneak”) attack against the US military installations and ships at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  The early morning attack undoubtedly caught many Americans in the bathroom, doing their “duty.” Those American heroes had to be desperate to finish their business with “John” and get to their military duties, undoubtedly having no time to contemplate the fantastic advances in bathroom technology that makes our lives so much more bearable.  Today we look at a sampling of things you might take for granted but were actually…

A Brief History On October 19, 1943, the antibiotic drug, Streptomycin, was isolated by researchers at the esteemed Rutgers University.  Streptomycin, useful for treating many infections, was the first drug to successfully combat tuberculosis.  Today we use this medical milestone to take a look at some of the truly great advances in medicine, quite relevant in 2020 while we await the development, approval, and disbursement of a viable vaccine for the Covid-19 pandemic devastating the world.  (For that matter, identifying a treatment that defeats this terrible virus would be nice, too!)  As always, feel free to nominate extremely important medical…

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