Happy Bicycle Day

“Exactly [76] years ago, April 19, 1943, Albert Hofmann, a chemist for Sandoz, in Basel, Switzerland, ingested a minute amount—just 250 micrograms–of a compound derived from the ergot fungus. He soon felt so disoriented that he rode his bicycle home, where he experienced all the heavenly and hellish effects of lysergic acid diethylamide.”

John Horgan, “Tripping in LSD’s Birthplace: A Story for ‘Bicycle Day’“. Scientific American. April 19, 2014

The phrase psychedelic is based on the Greek words for “mind-revealing.” I’ll note the occasion by reading SWIM stories because while curious about psychedelics, I never got to the point where taking them seemed like a good idea. One particularly memorable SWIM story I’ve seen previously:

“On his deathbed, unable to speak owing to advanced laryngeal cancer, [Aldous] Huxley made a written request to his wife Laura for “LSD, 100 µg, intramuscular.” According to her account of his death[56] in This Timeless Moment, she obliged with an injection at 11:20 a.m. and a second dose an hour later; Huxley died aged 69, at 5:20 p.m. (Los Angeles time), on 22 November 1963.”

Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, s.v. “Aldous Huxley,” (accessed April 19, 2019), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldous_Huxley#Death

2 thoughts on “Happy Bicycle Day

  1. I just read “the ambien diaries”post/article…..thanks for this, I laughed out loud a few times (tweeting on ambien:) I don’t tweet, have never taken ambien, but did in the late 60’s early 70’s think for a period of time psychedelics were”a good idea” ……….. would not do it now, have never regretted the experiences…

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