60 Years Ago, Today

LSD was discovered by Dr. Albert Hoffman, a Swiss chemist. He was an apparently somewhat accident prone person, as he both created LSD by virtue of a mistake in the lab, and also, later that same day, accidently ingested some of his new creation. He realized what had happened as he was riding his bicycle home from work that day (many fans of LSD call this day “bicycle day”). A few days later he took a controlled dosage, and the rest is, as they say, history.

Picture yourself in a boat on a river,
With tangerine trees and marmalade skies
Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly,
A girl with kaleidoscope eyes.
Cellophane flowers of yellow and green,
Towering over your head.
Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes,
And she’s gone.

The Beatles, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

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