Alchemists considered Mercury as a magical substance that a Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang took it as the elixir of immorality which resulted in him dying at the age of 49 and even he was buried in an underground mausoleum full of mercury thinking it's going to help him rule in the afterlifeโ€ฆ
Sigmund Freud believed that addictions to substances such as cocaine and tobacco were excellent substitutes for masturbation, which he considered "the one great habit."โ€ฆ
A kilogram of Ambergris (Whale Vomit) is worth more than $70,000. It is a solid, waxy substance used in medicines and Perfumes.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian spy that solved his own murder case. He was poisoned with a cup of tea in a London hotel. Working with Scotland Yard detectives, as he lay dying, he traced the lethal substance to a former comrade in the Russian secret serviceโ€ฆ
Carfentanil, a substance with 100 times the strength of fentanyl and 5,000 times the strength of heroin, was not a controlled substance in China until 2017.โ€ฆ
Before the theory of oxidation explained fire, we thought objects contained an elusive substance called "phlogiston". When items burned, they underwent phlogistication, and the remaining ash was simply dephlogisticated material.โ€ฆ
In 1928, Alexander Fleming discovered the mould he was working with produced a substance that could kill many common bacteria. He called this new, exciting substance "mould juice". Only after a couple of months did he name it penicillin.โ€ฆ
In adult human bodies, fat is stored in yellowish deposits due to coloration from beta carotene and other nutrients. Infants, who have not yet accumulated these substances, have fat which is closer to white.โ€ฆ
Cloud seeding is a type of weather modification that disperses substances into the air to increase precipitation (rain or snow) and serve as hail and fog suppression. It is widely practiced around ski resorts and airports.โ€ฆ
The 1958 movie The Blob was based loosely on true events that occurred 8 years earlier in Philadelphia and that so-called star jelly, aka pwdre ser, an unidentified gelatinous substance, has been recorded falling from the sky for centuries.โ€ฆ
Archaeologists discovered a 1,000-year-old ritual bundle that had traces of at least 5 psychoactive compounds including the ingredients for ayahuasca: cocaine, benzoylecgonine, harmine, bufotenine, dimethyltryptamine (DMT), as well as wood tablets to grind substances and a wooden snuffing tube.โ€ฆ
Since the Gulf War in 1991, when Israel was attacked by Iraqi Scud missiles, all homes in Israel are required to have a reinforced security room, Merkhav Mugan, impermeable to chemical and biological substances.โ€ฆ
Prof Randy Lewis shows Adam Rutherford genetically modified goats at a farm at Utah State University, US, which produce large quantities of a spider silk that is among the strongest substances known to man.โ€ฆ
Danny Trejo got his first acting job when visiting a patient he was doing substance abuse counseling for on the set of "Runaway Train". He was offered a job as an extra in the film's prison scenes.โ€ฆ
Alice Cooper has no memory of recording three albums in the early eighties, because of his substance abuse.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about Pica, a psychological disorder characterized by an appetite for substances that are largely non-nutritive, like ice (pagophagia), hair (trichophagia), paper (xylophagia), sharp objects (acuphagia), metal (metallophagia), stones (lithophagia), feces (coprophagia) and others.โ€ฆ
Caffeine in coffee beans is thought to serve as a toxic substance protecting the seeds of the plant, a form of plant defense, against herbivores. Its production has evolved independently to caffeine found in cacao and tea.โ€ฆ
Chromatographic studies of residue found on an altar that dates back to the 8th century BCE represent โ€œthe first known evidence of hallucinogenic substance found in the Kingdom of Judahโ€ and โ€œthe earliest evidence for the use of cannabis in the Ancient Near Eastโ€โ€ฆ
Today I learned of Joy Milne, a โ€œsuper-smellerโ€ who found she could smell a unique odor on people with Parkinson's disease years before the onset of symptoms. Scientists then isolated biomarkers in sebum (oily substance from face/back) of Parkinsonโ€™s patients, paving the way to earlier detection/treatment.โ€ฆ
1940s-1970s nuclear weapon tests released so much carbon-14 isotope to atmosphere that they affected the substances used in paint production. Measuring of these isotopes is used to identify art forgeries.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about crop milk, a substance that some birds feed their babies after hatching. Like mammal milk, it has antioxidants and immune boosters that help the baby birds survive. Unlike mammals it is produced by both males and females (in the crop instead of mammary glands).โ€ฆ
Despite being a popular trope in crime fiction, it's basically impossible to quickly incapacitate someone with a chloroform-soaked rag. It generally takes about 5 minutes of inhaling the substance to render someone unconsciousโ€ฆ
Matthew Perry doesn't remember filming three seasons of Friends due to his substance use.โ€ฆ
Fluorescent substances are added to many laundry detergents because they make white clothing appear less yellow and more white.โ€ฆ
The hottest known substance in the universe is actually created on Earth at the Large Hadron Collider. When gold particles are smashed together, for a split second temperatures can reach up to 7.2 trillion degrees Fahrenheit, which is hotter than a supernova.โ€ฆ
The beak like mask which the black plague doctors wore was actually filled with sweet smelling substances usually Lavander; It's purpose was to aid with the smell of rot and decay and second, they believed that good smell would help them fight Black plague, which they believed it to be airborne.โ€ฆ
In 2016, a 14-year-old male masturbated with an entire 60-gram tube of BENGAYยฎ and got salicylate poisoning as the product contains methylsalicylate (which is broken down to salicylic acid in the body) and scrotal skin can absorb certain substances up to 40 times better than other skin regionsโ€ฆ
Research is being done on psychedelics to alleviate cluster headache symptoms. Cluster headaches are an extremely debilitating and painful neurovascular disorder that many are unable to find relief for. By isolating parts of the substance, they can also remove the hallucinogenic effects.โ€ฆ
Sea turtles basically cry salt (without the emotion). The sea turtles' tear gland evolved into a "salt gland" so that it could expel salt from its body, which is very important for reptilian sea creatures. The substance released is salty brine.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about tetramethyl orthosilicate, a substance that reacts with water to create silica and methanol. It's vapor can blind you and give you respiratory problems by creating silica crystals in your eyes and lungs.โ€ฆ
In his final interview guitarist Tommy Bolin said "I've been taking care of myself my whole life. Don't worry about me. I'm going to be around for a long time.". A few hours later he died from an overdose of heroin and other substances, including alcohol, cocaine and barbiturates.โ€ฆ
If you feed a chicken a diet of spicy red peppers, its egg yolk will turn red. This is harmless for the chicken as all birds are immune to capsaicin (the substance that makes food taste spicy).โ€ฆ
Canada has an act/law (The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act) that in the event that you need to call 911 for someone whoโ€™s overdosed, you wonโ€™t get arrested for possession of controlled substances charges, and breach of conditions regarding the drug chargeโ€ฆ
In the early days of penicillin, it was common to collect urine from patients who had consumed the drug, in order to isolate the substance for reuse, as the drug was scarce and highly valued.โ€ฆ
Today I learned about 'star jelly' or 'star snot,' a gelatinous substance sometimes found on grass or even on branches of trees. According to folklore, it is deposited on the Earth during meteor showers. Nobody is quite sure what it actually is.โ€ฆ
Alexander Shulgin, the man who rediscovered MDMA and "the godfather of psychedelics", had a license from the DEA to produce any schedule 1 substance. He managed to discover over 200 psychoactive compounds before the license was revoked.โ€ฆ
When Paul Verhoeven first received the script for Robocop, he threw it away in disgust after glancing through it. His wife picked it up from the bin and read through it more thoroughly, and persuaded him that it had more substance than he initially thought.โ€ฆ
A.A. founder Bill Wilson credited his sobriety to an experience with LSD and even endorsed the drug as a springboard to the "spiritual awakening" thought critical for others in recovery. However, "most AAs were violently opposed to his experimenting with mind altering substances".โ€ฆ
Placebo (substance with no therapeutic value) is used not only in pharmacy to test drugs, but also in surgery to test the effect of intervention.It's called sham surgery, when surgical intervention omits the step thought to be therapeutically necessary. There was 53 sham surgery cases.โ€ฆ
During Prohibition the residents of NY and New Jersey were warned about "poison booze" streaming across the border from Canada. Any potential drinkers were warned that 90% of Canadian whiskey were made from cheap grain alcohol, water and coloring substances. Illnesses and deaths ensued.โ€ฆ
Today I learned of La Mancha Negra (The Black Stain), a mysterious black substance that has oozed from roads in Caracas, Venezuela. It has caused multiple car accidents and claimed many lives.โ€ฆ
Hedgehogs will rub a saliva-substance mixture (such as feces) on themselves in a process called Self Anointing. It's commonly thought this is to either absorb toxins for immunity or to deter predators through scent camouflage.โ€ฆ
The Latin phrase Magnum Opus, that modernly refers to the greatest achievement of an artist or writer, was first used almost 2,000 years ago to describe the pursuit of the Philosopher's Stone, a legendary alchemical substance also known as the elixir of life.โ€ฆ
Kary Mullis, Nobel Prize Winner American Biochemist, who invented PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) technique, held high belief in 'Astrology' and had an encounter with an extraterrestrial in the form of a fluorescent raccoon. He used to self-test novel psychoactive substances too.โ€ฆ
Chevy had an option on almost all of its cars in the 60s called "Liquid Chain". It would spray a traction enhancing substance on the tires to aid traction in snow.โ€ฆ
New Jersey's law on reckless endangerment explicitly bans manufacturing or selling "a golf ball containing acid or corrosive fluid substance."โ€ฆ
In a 2005 questionnaire about substance abuse, 18.2% (163/894) admitted to taking derbisol โ€“ a drug that does not existโ€ฆ
Capsaicin, the substance that makes peppers spicy, is found primarily in the white membrane in the pepper; the seeds do not contain any capsaicinโ€ฆ
:word mummy derives from Arabic word "mumiya" a substance which was used as a medicine .Bitumen, another substance was used in process of mummfication had a similar name"mumia".Europeans confused the words and thought "mumiya" refers to real mummies and thus started eating mummies as medicineโ€ฆ
Early refrigerating systems would use toxic substances like sulphur dioxide, ammonia and methyl chloride as coolants. Methyl chloride was also a gas used during WW1

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