The Drug Hunters (2017) Donald R. Kirsch and Ogi Ogas

The Drug Hunters(2017)  Donald R. Kirsch and Ogi Ogas

Drug_Hunters

While not quite as exciting as Island of the Lost this book is very interesting in its own way. Have you ever wondered how something as common as an Aspirin was developed?  What about morphine, heroin, penicillin, and quinine?  When did we first start putting people to sleep to do their surgery?  How were treatments for mental health problems like schizophrenia and depression developed?

There is one chapter dedicated to the development of the oral contraceptive.

A great book if you like this sort of thing –  I do!

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Island of the Lost (2007) Joan Druett

Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World

(2007)  Joan Druett

Island_of_the_Lost

This book is riveting.  Along the lines of Endurance and the story of Shackleton and his crew.  In 1864 the Grafton and it’s crew of five are returning from a prospecting trip from Australia to Campbell Island in the sub-Antarctic.   They did not find the silver they were looking for so they stopped at Auckland Island to see if there are any seals that could at least come back with something. Unfortunately for them they become shipwrecked on this desolate island with endless freezing rain and wind.  The only food is the seals and some roots.  How do they survive?   Joan Druett would have us believe that it is the teamwork of the group led by Capt. Thomas Musgraves and prospector Francois Raynal.  There seem to be a lot of facts backing this up.  For instance they had a free election to decide their own leader (Musgraves).  The ingenuity of Raynal is amazing.  A true Mcgyver!   Together they rebuild their small boat and save themselves.  Meanwhile there is a group of 19 other sailors who were marooned on the other side of the island who did not fair as well.   All but three died.  Of course they did not have any seals to eat.

 

This is a great adventure story!

 

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Final Jeopardy 4-2-2018

April 2, 2018

 

Final Jeopardy Category:

 

US Government

 

Final Jeopardy Clue:

The portrait here hangs in the building of this Cabinet department & depicts a man who once ran it

Bobby_Kennedy 

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Final Jeopardy Answer / Question:

 

Department of Justice

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Final Jeopardy 3-30-3018

March 30, 2018

 

Final Jeopardy Category:

 

US State History

 

Final Jeopardy Clue:

 

During Ulysses Grant’s 2-term presidency, only one state joined the Union: this one

 

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Final Jeopardy Answer / Question:

 

Colorado

COLORADO_SPRINGS

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Final Jeopardy 3-29-2018

March 29, 2018

 

Final Jeopardy Category:

 

African American Acheivements

 

Final Jeopardy Clue:

 

In 2017 this government agency dedicated a new computational facility named in honor of 99-year-old ex-employee Katherine Johnson

 

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Final Jeopardy Answer / Question:

 

NASA

Naming Event for the Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility

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Final Jeopardy 3-28-2018

March 28, 2018

 

Final Jeopardy Category:

 

Musical theatre

 

Final Jeopardy Clue:

 

This show has songs that weren’t in the 1992 film it’s based on, like “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” & “How Will I Know”

 

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Final Jeopardy Answer / Question:

 

The Bodyguard

The_Bodyguard_1992

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Final Jeopardy 3-27-2018

March 27, 2018

 

Final Jeopardy Category:

 

1960’s number 1 hits

 

Final Jeopardy Clue:

 

Complaints about heavy workloads inspired the titles of 2 songs by this group, No. 1 hits 7 months apart

 

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Final Jeopardy Answer / Question:

 

The Beatles

Hard_Days_Night

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