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No. 118
essentialsaltes

Smithsonian

This month's Smithsonian has some good stuff. A rather exhaustive and unflinching look at Jefferson's involvement with slaves.

But more interesting is the look at New England vampire exhumations. Mostly it seems to have been (assuming it wasn't vampirism) TB, with infections arising later being blamed on the first to die. So they'd dig up the person, root around in their rib cage to get the heart out to be burned, and maybe cut the head off. HPL gets a shout-out for The Shunned House.

And almost more delightful still was the one page ad from crackpot John Ellis, who sells machines that alter the bond angle in water molecules, giving them a beneficial property that cures anything. (These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, but if they had been, they would be declared bullshit.)
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