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

Who the Fuck is SWIM?

“SWIM has done it all, from the most obscure pharmaceuticals to the hardest street drugs, at every dosage, in every combination. SWIM has shot black tar heroin in Thailand, drunk ayahuasca in Peru, binged on Quaaludes in Beverly Hills. SWIM has been to hell and back, cheated death, seen God. SWIM has survived hospital stays, nights in jail, leaps from treacherous heights. But like any legend worth the designation, SWIM is an enigma, impossible to know firsthand. Other users endlessly refer to SWIM’s experiments, but novices search in vain for posts actually written by SWIM. There are none to be found. This absence results in a recurring refrain from first-time posters: ‘By the way—who the fuck is SWIM?'”

—Shuja Haider. “Ambien Diaries.” Popula. July 22, 2018.