Today I learned about Australian drug smuggler David McMillan who is the only Westerner to have successfully escaped Bangkok's notorious Klong Prem prison. He cut his cell bars with hacksaws, scaled seven inner walls, then mounting the outer wall using a bamboo ladder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Bernie Madoff's office was a hub for cocaine and wild sex parties, dubbed the "North Pole" in honor of the drug-infused fest cnn.com/2009/CRIME/10/22/…
From 1909-38 Good Housekeeping Magazine’s Seal of Approval was the only U.S. grading system for food, drugs, and cosmetics. The magazine fought a federal grading system. Regulators then found the Seal to be misleading and deceptive, forcing reforms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goo…
Partnership for a Drug-Free America, which used to air many PSAs through the 80s to the mid-2000s, was actually funded by alcohol, tobacco, and pharmaceutical companies. The ads steered clear warnings about legal drugs being abused. blog.oup.com/2016/08/drug…
The song Fire and Rain by James Taylor is about his reaction to his friend Suzanne Schnare’s suicide and his experiences with drug addiction and fame. He found out about the death 6 months later as his friends kept it from him as they were concerned it might distract him from his big break. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
Honeybee venom rapidly kills aggressive breast cancer cells and when the venom's main component is combined with existing chemotherapy drugs, it is extremely efficient at reducing tumour growth in mice abc.net.au/news/2020-09-0…
Alberta Indigenous Communities feared the poison used in rat control. In order to convince them, a member of the Agriculture staff ate the drug while discussing the issues and impressed the natives. open.alberta.ca/dataset/5…
While studying Madagascar periwinkle leaves used as folk remedy for diabetes in the 1950s, scientists found plummeting white blood cells instead and isolated out vinblastine and vincristine β€” effective chemotherapy drugs which has dramatically improved survival in leukemia patients. jic.ac.uk/blog/vinblastin…
When Digital Underground released its album "Sex Packet", they credited the album's name to a pill that gave you an ultra-realistic wet-dream invented by NASA scientist Dr Earl Cook. The group went as far as to distribute thousands of pamphlets in clubs warning about the drug. albumism.com/features/dig…
In the early 1900s, obstetricians used to give women Scopolamine, a drug that inhibits memory formation to to prevent women from remembering the experience of childbirth embryo.asu.edu/pages/use-…
The current global framework of IP protection, the TRIPS Agreement, went into effect in 1995. Prior to the agreement national governments had divergent standards of what was patentable. India did not allow drugs to be patented, which is one reason it is a center of generic drug manufacture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRI…
Dopamine is not the pleasure molecule. Instead, it is responsible for motivation, which is why drugs that affect the dopamine system are so addictive. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned about "foldering", a covert communications technique using emails saved as drafts in an account accessed by multiple people, and poses an extra challenge to detect because the messages are never sent. It has been used by Al Qaeda and drug cartels, amongst others. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fol…
In 2009 the FDA required General Mills to either register Cheerios as a drug or change their labels claiming the cereal lowerd cholesterol. GM revealed the labeling had been approved by the FDA and the investigation was closed in 2012. webmd.com/food-recipes/ne…
Pass the Kouchie was reworked as Pass the Dutchie to avoid drug references, but most in the UK thought it was one. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pas…
The DEA found an increase from about 4% THC in 1995 to about 12% in 2014 in marijuana. By 2017, another study showed, the potency of illicit drug samples had gone up to 17.1% THC, an increase of more than 300% from 1995 to about 2017. npr.org/sections/health-s…
After an airplane crash in 1989 the Pilots’ union (ALPA) deliberately prevented the NTSB from questioning or testing the pilots for drugs/alcohol for over 3 days. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA…
In 1985, Lexington KY man Andrew C Thornton (former paratrooper and LPD officer) was found in a Knoxville TN resident's driveway after he got tangled up in his parachute during a drug run from Colombia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Griselda Blanco aka The Black Widow was the first-ever billionaire female criminal, ruling her multi-billion dollar drug trafficking empire with an iron fist, and becoming one of the deadliest women of all time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gri…
Octopuses, when given the drug Ecstacy, were affected in very similar ways to humans, such as showing an increase in social behavior and more exploratory touching with their peers. cell.com/current-biology/…
The Twilight series is heavily influenced by Mormonism. The author, Stephanie Meyer, who herself is a Mormon, prevented drugs, alcohol and sexual scenes from the movies due to her beliefs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Today I learned about the Antikamnia Chemical Company, an American pharmaceutical company that used skeletons to advertise their pain-relieving products, which contained toxic ingredients. The company existed from 1890 to 1930 and made huge profits by finding loopholes around the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
One of our most effective chemotherapy drugs, Doxorubicin, was isolated from the soil surrounding the Castel del Monte, a 13th-century castle in Italy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dox…
In 2020 two rival Drug Cartels Decided to have a friendly soccer Match. The match ended with 16 deaths and 5 injuries sportbible.com/football/n…
Today I learned of a study in which five octopi were submerged in water laced with MDMA. After absorbing the drug, they proceeded to cuddle with each other, instead of playing with the Star Wars figurines that would normally have intrigued them. nature.com/articles/d4158…
Scientists have had problems with studying the effects of prenatal cocaine exposure because it tends to be combined with other negative factors, such as exposure to other drugs, mother's malnourishment or child neglect. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
Today I learned of DeAndre McCullough, a small-time drug dealer made good, a recovering addict who had a fledgling career counseling troubled teenagers and an actor. The HBO show "The Corner" by David Simon was based on his real life, and was an inspiration for "The Wire". He died of a drug overdose at age 35. davidsimon.com/deandre-mc…
American chemist Alexander Shulgin personally tested hundreds of drugs, meticulously recording their effects in his lab notebooks. He is also credited with introducing MDMA to psychologists in the late 1970s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
While crime in Antarctica is relatively rare, prevalent Alcoholism has led to fights and indecent exposure. Other crimes include illicit drug use, torturing and killing wildlife, racing motorbikes through environmentally sensitive areas, assault with a deadly weapon, attempted murder, and arson en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…
The song 'Puff the Magic Dragon' was banned in Singapore and Hong Kong because of claims that it was about drugs, mainly marijuana. Some of the alleged drug references in the song include "autumn mist," - allegedly, marijuana smoke and "Jackie Paper" - alleged reference to rolling joints. snopes.com/fact-check/puf…
Lipitor (Atorvastatin) is the best-selling drug of all time; between its introduction in 1997 and its patent expiration in 2011, it generated $125 billion in sales for Pfize; in 2018, it was the most commonly prescribed medication in the US, with more than 112 million prescriptions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ato…
Pro basketball player D.J Cooper was handed a 2 year suspension from FIBA for failing a drug test. The urine that Cooper provided revealed the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG, which is a hormone made by the placenta during pregnancy. He used his girlfriends urine huffpost.com/entry/basket…
In 1978 Tim Allen was arrested after he was caught drug trafficking with over 650 grams of cocaine. He provided the names of other dealers in exchange for a sentence of 3 - 7 years than a possible life imprisonment, serving two years and four months in a Federal prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Names for generic drugs has a prefix and suffix. The suffix tell you how the drug works. The prefix can me made up but has to follow a strict rule including not using the letters Y, H, K, J, and W because certain languages that use the Roman alphabet don't have these letters. pfizer.com/news/hot-topic…
William McBride, an Australian obstetrician who helped determine the link between thalidomide and birth defects, was years later de-registered for falsifying scientific data to claim that another drug also caused birth defects. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
During the Vietnam War, enlisted troops protested against the war through underground newspapers, these included bounties on officers, illegal political articles/cartoons, and information about illicit drugs... depts.washington.edu/anti…
Paula Deen (of deep-fried cheesecake and doughnut hamburger fame) kept her diabetes diagnosis secret for 3 years. She also announced she took a sponsorship from a diabetes drug company the day she revealed her condition. eater.com/2012/1/17/66221…
Today I learned of guitarist Dave Mustaine who was fired from his band for drug abuse, alcoholism, and aggressive behavior. He went on to form his own band, Megadeth, which would go on to sell 25 million albums worldwide. The band that fired him? Metallica. drmani.com/subtle-art-not…
The Common Cold leads to almost $10 billion in doctor's visits and drugs per year. It is also responsible for almost 315 million sick days from school and work, costing over $20 billion and accounting for 40% of time lost from work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
The Swoon Hypothesis says Jesus did not die on the cross. He fell unconscious and woke up later. Early proponents say Jesus pretended to die, using drugs given by Luke, and revived later by Jospeh. This was to appear a spiritual Messiah and get Israel to abandon the idea of a political Messiah. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swo…
Actor Dan Richter, the lead man-ape in "2001: A Space Odyssey", had the status of a β€œlegal” drug addict in England, and injected a doctor-prescribed combination of heroin and cocaine up to 7 times daily. When he needed additional stimulation, he always had state-supplied crystal meth on hand history.com/news/making-2…
The notorious Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco embraced the nickname β€œThe Godmother” and even named her son β€œMichael Corleone Blanco” after the character in the 1972 film. britannica.com/biography/…
The study that was reported in saying β€œcheese is just as addictive as drugs” actually found no such thing. The dietician who made the questionable claim works for an advocacy group called the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which pushes veganism and urges people to shun cheese. time.com/4090741/cheese-a…
Grapefruit interacts with 85 different drugs, and taking certain medications with grapefruit or 6 oz of grapefruit juice can lead to an overdose. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
The largest amount of money ever stolen in a mugging is Β£291 million, stolen from a Bank of England courier in 1990 in an operation that involved the Five Families, the IRA, and Columbian drug lords en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cit…
During his research on heroin addicts for the film "Trainspotting" (1996), Ewan McGregor considered taking the drug, but decided not to. (Neon. p. 103) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
Omar from The Wire was based on a real stickup man who robbed drug dealers in the 70's/80's in Baltimore en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don…
Ever since 2003, MIT has published an annual list of 10 breakthroughs in technology. 2020's list included anti-aging drugs, AI-discovered molecules, and hyper-personalized medicine. technologyreview.com/10-b…
Ozzy Osborne had his genome sequenced to better understand how he's still alive after years of hard drug and alcohol abuse. theguardian.com/music/201…
In 1965, Randy Gardner stayed awake for 11 days and 24 minutes. It still holds the record for the longest, non-drug induced, attempt at staying awake wbur.org/npr/562305141/el…

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