Monday 27 May 2013

Whimsical Effects of Nitrous Oxide Gas

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In addition to the massive intake of nitrous oxide (for purely scientific purposes....) by Humphry Davy (see here), the following illustrate the use of the gas for inebriation. 

Cheap Drunkeness from The Chemist, 1824 -

The inhalation of Nitrous Oxide is NOT RECOMMENDED. The preparation of the gas as detailed elsewhere on this site is extremely dangerous (propensity of ammonium nitrate to detonate), and produces an impure gas which will poison you. Nitrous users who inhale from bottled gas risk frozen vocal chords, hypoxic irreversible brain damage, induced neuropathy and myeloneuropathy, inhibition of methionine synthase activity because of interaction with cobalt in vitamin B12, death by suffocation, unconciousness and laughter.
But not in that order.

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"Hodges emitted a scream the like of which
I hadn't heard since his scrotum was burned off
during my experiment with fluorine gas last year."

The Exotic Experimentation of Ernest Glitch,
Victorian Science with a Smile

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Unrelated to this post, below is an example of
eclectic science esoterica 

Glacier cave. Note material at the edges of the scalloping.
Photo - Böhringer Friedrich

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