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Gripe water is a "medicine" used to treat colic in infants. To be clear, there is no scientific evidence that it works, and some variants may contain activity harmful substances. To be very very clear the original formulation, below, is just pain bad, and currently illegal in both the US and the UK.

Gripe water is not a traditional remedy, despite what many sources would have you believe. It was invented in 1851 by English pharmacist William Woodward, who noted that certain medications given to patients to treat fen fever and malaria also had the side effect of treating colicky babies. Broadly speaking, today colic simply refers to frequent idiopathic and inconsolable crying, but back in the day people assumed that was due to intestinal gas, and cures focused on helping with the digestive process.

Woodwoard's recipe included water, alcohol, sugar, sodium bicarbonate, and dill seed oil. With an alcohol content of 3.6%, larger doses could…

Today I met a singing stone

It sang a single faint continuous note

I thought I could hear it as I passed alongside it

It was part of someone's front wall

I know you won't believe this but it's all true

I bent my head down closer to make sure I hadn't imagined it

I didn't hear anything for a little while until hey- there it is!

One single note

And a buzzing over my skull

A passing man saw me listening

'The stone's singing' I explained

"Doctor Strange & Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment" was a Marvel Graphic Novel, published in 1989, starring Doctor Strange, earth's sorcerer supreme, and Doctor Doom, frequent Marvel Universe villain. In this case, however, Doctor Doom is a co-protagonist and heroic figure in the story.

The graphic novel format allows a more meandering format, and this tale has a framing story where The Aged Genghis, an old sorcerer, recounts his first meetings with Doctor Doom and Doctor Strange.…

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October 1: Please join us in celebrating The Culture of Fear: The 2019 Halloween Horrorquest.

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July 1: Brevity Quest 2019 begins!

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July 4: America Day.

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June 19: Juneteenth.

June 21: Summer solstice (northern hemisphere) and winter solstice (southern hemisphere).

June 28: Tau Day.

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