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oy gevaltThe Washington Post, January 3, 1907. More strike-related acid-throwing high jinks, though at least this time the attack is against inanimate objects and not dumb and blameless beasts of burden. Iodoform (sez Wikipedia) is “the organoiodine compound with the formula CHI3. A pale yellow, crystalline, volatile substance, it has a penetrating odor (in older chemistry texts, the smell is sometimes referred to as the smell of hospitals) and, analogous to chloroform, sweetish taste. It is occasionally used as a disinfectant.”


  1. On a somewhat unrelated note, I recently learned that lye is traditionally used in the production of pretzels and pretzel-like bread rolls (and a bunch of other foods, too). Of course, lye is a base, not an acid, but still, that seems like a weird thing to deliberately put on food… that you plan to eat.

    • Maybe it’s less an ingredient than a catalyst for some kind of process that creates a desired texture or flavor?

        • Jackie
        • Posted July 9, 2009 at 6:04 pm
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        I think it creates the characteristic glossy crust on the outside. As far as weird dishes that include lye, I would have to say lutefisk is the weirdest.

        • mrparallel
        • Posted July 10, 2009 at 2:41 am
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        Mmmm, lutefisk.

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