Monthly Archives: November 2018

Boring names

During the Roman Empire period all Roman men had a first name that was picked from a list of only 16 names. The second and third names distinguished the family the person came from.

(The Great Courses – The Rise of Rome)

Aspirin does nothing

Salicylic acid is combined with acetic acid to form aspirin and water. This is done because aspirin is easier on the stomach than salicylic acid. When the aspirin reaches the bloodstream it is dissolved back into the original components. It is the salicylic acid that is the actual pain relieving agent,

(The Great Courses – Chemistry)