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funeralNew York Times, February 6, 1900. One sort of wonders what that fateful tumbler full of carbolic acid was doing on that near-by table. Anyway, we’re going to be concentrating for a while on America’s erstwhile national pastime: throwing acid. We’ve already established that this charming mode of personal expression ran the class gamut from penthouse to pavement. But that scarcely scratches the surface if the dizzying social diversity of acid throwers and their motives. Stay tuned.


  1. You never know when you’ll need a nice tall glass of carbolic acid. I keep it on a prominent shelf, right next to the powdered iced tea and the spoons.

    • Was it not the philosopher Baden-Powell who said “Be prepared”?

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