this one has been on the door to the outside of my house for over a year.
"When little patients balk at scary, disquieting examinations (before you've begun) [...] try Nembutal Sodium Suppositories"
This one seems like just a good time:
Why, lord, oh why does that look like an... um... "insertable" and not any sort of injectable container?
Because that's what you WANT to see...
perv! (but aren't we all)
Because it's a glassblowing technique (still) used to make easily-breakable but still whole (and thus sterile if manufactured under the right conditions) containers. (I had to learn lab glass blowing as a chemist.) Basically from a glass tube, using three heat spots, you can make two complete seals (top and bottom) and one constriction (break point, in between the first two mentioned) with relative ease, and lots of raw glass stock comes as tubes because of their relative versatility. Of course if you do this by hand more than likely you're going to make a shitty ampoule, but machines can repeat the process with a more refined form.
Fascinating. Now that I think about it, I've seen little glass vials shaped like that in museum displays ("Frontier Medicine" in the dentist's shop in Columbia State Park comes to mind), but it hadn't occured to me that that wasn't a squeeze bottle.
You can find similar ampoules of morphine in certain ship wrecks. Ahhh.... now, how do I know? Mmmmm.... um.... gimme a minute. I'll get around to, um......
Shit was I explaining something? Oh, shit. hmmm.. yeah.
Hey, they still use those snap-off-top glass ampoules in modern medicine all the time. If you ever need stitches, take a gander at where they're drawing up the lidocaine from. (You can flip it completely upside down because the surface tension will keep it from falling out of the mouth.) Also, you get taught how to draw up drugs and filter out any pesky splinters of glass that you might accidentally inject into someone! :D
Alright, I get it. I'm getting my copy of Cryptonomicon and starting the re-read on the bus. :P Sheesh.
Of course there was also the classic (or not) film The Deep. Saw that when I was but a young lad. Getting their hands on a huge stockpile found in a sunken ship was the main plot of the film.
Actually what strikes me the most here is an antiquarian use of the word "synergistic", which I have always assumed is a boardroom neologism.
fwiw it's used frequently and in an un-ironic sense in current technical literature. "synergistic receptor" just as one example off the top of my head, or the related-without-actually-saying-the-s-word idea of "agonist"/co-agonists. Actually this got me curious as to the etymology, apparently it came into english from latin (and there from greek) in approximately 1660 though the business-like use of it seems to date from 1847 if that page is to be believed.
That is becoming a shirt, immediately.