scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Looking for "Secret Recipe" page from years ago.
Wendell Brown (wbrown@ARKIE.NET
Wed Apr 26 2000 - 14:40:05 CDT
On Wed, 26 Apr 2000 12:01:31 -0500, Wendell Brown wrote:
>Hi folks, I remember saving the text from a web sitethat had hundreds
>of home remedies, recipes and general "how to" info from the 1800's -
>1950's. It seems like it had info on how to make aspirin, gun powder,
>ink and many other things that might be cool to revisit and consider
I'm replying to myself (I think that's a bad sign). It turns out (as
it usually seems to) that I found what I was looking for right after I
asked the list for input. The reason that I am sending this follow up
message is that I have had several request for the file I described.
Unfortunately, the file as described doesn't really exist! It turns
out that my memory (and description) were tarnished by time!
The file I was thinking of is a transcript of a 1861 book called
"Young's Demonstrative Translation Of Scientific Secrets" (so there was
nothing from the 1900's in it). And while it DOES have interesting
"recipes" and "remedies", it should be noted that many of the recipes
in this document use currently unknown (at least to me), unsafe (lead,
arsenic, etc.) or illegal (tincture of opium) ingredients and some of
the "lab procedures" should frighten anyone who has had freshman
chemistry! The reason I am posting the URL is that while much of the
science is BADLY out of date and in some cases outright dangerous, it's
really fun to read! I also suspect that there are a few pearls of
wisdom in there if you can sift them out without killing yourself. So,
for those of you interested (or should I say foolhardy) here
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