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Posted on Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Dave!How do scientists figure out how chemicals affect the body? Surely it can't be an accident. As in "Hey, I accidentally sprinkled Dextromethorphan on my corn flakes this morning, and my cough went away!" or "I accidentally snorted some Phenylephrine last night, and my nasal congestion cleared up!" Maybe they're just good guessers, as in "I needed an antihistamine, and something told me that Doxylamine Succinate would do the trick!" Or maybe scientists are just playing tricks on each other all the time and sometimes they get lucky, as in "I spiked his coffee with some Guaifenesin as a goof, and it broke up his chest congestion... who knew?"

Of course, sometimes it probably doesn't go as planned, as in "I laced his chocolate pudding with Strychnine on a dare... it's not like I meant to kill him or anything."

I am entirely too bored laying in bed all day, obviously.

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  1. Avitable says:

    Or, “I laced his soda with GHB and boy is his ass going to be sore when he finally wakes up!”

  2. sizzle says:

    Being sick is the boringest. I’m sorry you’re still battling it out.

  3. Finn says:

    Maybe you need to get a Rabbit.

  4. Tracy says:

    I often wonder the same thing. I also ponder on how people figured out what foods were edible…was it all trial & error? And as humanity progressed, how did cooking evolve? Some caveman just started throwing stuff at the fire for fun and realized that it made the food better? Inquiring minds want to know.

    At least you are sick and in bed and have an excuse for letting your mind wander!

  5. Sybil Law says:

    I have also wondered the same thing myself. Penicillin – I mean, I am sure I could google to find out, but whoda thunk it?!

  6. A Lewis says:

    I do know one thing….that my hubby was consuming far too much of this stuff, way over the limit, when I suggested a chest x-ray last week. And that led to a CT scan, and that led to his diagnosis of double pneumonia…..
    GET IT CHECKED OUT on the x-ray, Dave!

  7. Thank you for my morning laugh. I needed it.

  8. Sarah says:

    All the best dares are done with acids. Just ask my friends, who surprisingly aren’t lab partners with me anymore.

  9. Glad you’re resting. Hope you see the doctor soon to find out what this plague is all about.

  10. Winter says:

    Thank you for the smile, Dave. 🙂

  11. Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide is the greatest purely positive chemical creation to come out of the age of modern medicine!

    I get a bad cough once a year thanks to seasonal phlegm, and when I found DmHbr that problem was solved.

    Sweet, sweet drugs!

    (And hey Dave #2, how you been?)

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