I very seldom quote directly from my OU course books because I want to make this blog my stuff but I couldn't help being a bit struck by this
....it made me laugh and tingle in every toe and finger tip. Davy has actually invented a new pleasure for which language has no name...I am going for more this evening; it makes one so strong and happy! And without any after-debility, but, instead of it, increased strength of mind and body
That was in a letter written by the Romantic poet Robert Southey and he was describing the effects of nitrous oxide, a substance we know better as laughing gas.
Yes, it was Humphrey Davy who developed this gas - it had already been identified and wrongly classed as being poisonous. By a series of
What a great time to have been alive.
the picture above is nothing to do with chemical experiments - it's my Valentine bouquet which was delivered earlier - two dozen red roses - a much better way to become euphoric.