A GARDEN TO DIE FOR

Humans have lived among poisonous plants since the dawn of time. That doesn't mean we've adapted to this coexistence. From the poison hemlock that killed Socrates, to white snakeroot that was responsible for the death of Abraham Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks, poisonous plants have been responsible for countless human deaths throughout history. To this day…

DEAD PRESIDENT: ZACHARY TAYLOR AND HIS CALAMITOUS CHOW DOWN

President's Day mostly comes and goes with little to no fanfare, a paid holiday for a chosen few and maybe a great mattress sale, but this year it got me thinking, have there been any weird or extremely interesting causes of death for any of our former leaders? We all learn about assassinations of presidents…

JAKE LEG BLUES: THE RISE AND FALL OF ADULTERATED GINGER

Back in 1930, at the height of Prohibition, Cincinnati was ground zero for the Jamaican ginger epidemic. Jamaican ginger elixir also known as 'Jake' was a commonly used tincture available in pharmacies across the United States. It contained potent amounts of alcohol and when used in small doses, was a safe pain reliever. However with…