January 21, 2013

Why the FDA Banned Sneezing Powder in 1919

Esther Inglis-Arkell, io9


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Not all mysteries in the world lead to glorious revelations. Some of them are a bit more humble. One enduring scientific mystery is the earliest form of sneezing powder. A fortune was built on this special formula, but when it was found to be toxic, it was recalled. Its inventor refused to ever identify what it was, but some people say they know.

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