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This Gives Me a Headache

It’s true: Bayer didn’t invent Heroin (generic name: diamorphine), but Bayer chemist Felix Hoffman perfected its manufacture. The head of Bayer’s research department reputedly coined the name Heroin, based on the German heroisch (“heroic, strong”). Hoffman wasn’t trying to make an opiate: he was actually trying to make synthetic cocaine out of morphine. Yeah, really. Heroin […]

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Culture Wars

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” –Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 (1953).

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