Vick’s inhalers are traditionally sold over the counter to relieve nasal congestion and for allergies. While they are completely safe, there is an ingredient that will result in positive for meth use on a drug test!
Drug tests are certainly not fool proof, and are usually fairly accurate, yet some chemicals in common medicines are so close to illegal drugs that they show up as the same on a test. The reason Vick’s inhalers can trigger a false positive for meth is because they contain L-methamphetamine, which is extremely similar to traditional street meth which is made up of D-methamphetamine.
The two drugs are so close that one will show up as another unless a specific test is carried out!
Whether that figure is higher or lower than you expected, it still poses a huge responsibility for those guarding him. The Secret Service gained it's protective responsibility in 1901 after President McKinley was assassinated. It used to protect presidents for life, yet in 1997, this perk was altered to only 10 years after leaving office.
In 2010, the Secret Service had more than 1300 members who provide security for the White House, the Vice President, the Treasury, and diplomats in DC. Because the President is the most powerful man in the free world, the Secret Service makes constant efforts to ensure that those 500 threats each month don’t happen. Threatening the President is a class D felony and can result in 10 years in prison!
Tarrare was a French soldier with one of the oddest life stories ever largely because he could never stop eating! Born in 1772, he was thrown out of his home by his parents because they could not support his eating habits so he traveled with a band of thieves and prostitutes stealing food.
He worked as a street performer and would eat corks, stones, live animals, and whole apples! Tarrare joined the army for an income, yet food rations couldn’t support him so he would search the gutters for food. This was still not enough, and he was hospitalized from exhaustion.
Doctors took interest in Tarrare and conducted experiments to test his limits in which he would eat food intended for 15 people composed of live cats, snakes, lizards, puppies, and a whole eel which he swallowed without chewing! Tarrare’s appetite got larger and larger to the point where he ate corpses in the morgue.
Eventually accused of eating a toddler, Terrare was thrown out of the hospital and died of tuberculosis. Strangely, he was of normal size and appearance and doctors never figured out why he was so hungry!
Witold Pilecki has one of the most amazing stories from WWII. Pilecki fought with Polish forces against Nazi Germany and proposed the idea of smuggling himself into concentration camps to gain information.
At the time there was not much known about the camps, so in 1940 he snuck in pretending to be a Jew.Pilecki immediately began recruiting people for an underground resistance movement within the camp and reported the many atrocities being committed to those on the outside.
In fact, he is almost single handedly responsible for Britain and the United States receiving information about the planned extermination of the Jews and the purpose of the concentration camps.
Pilecki escaped Auschwitz in 1943 when he learned the Allies were not planning on liberating the camps right away and continued fighting in the name of freedom. After the war, Pilecki joined an anti-Communist group in Warsaw during Soviet occupation and was eventually captured and executed in 1948. His acts of bravery in the name of peace and freedom were not known until the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989.
Most people assume that women are the more romantic sex, yet according to a resent scientific study, it is men who fall in love faster and are the first to say “I love you.”
Responses from 172 college students showed that both men and women believe women are the quicker sex when it comes to love, yet more men reported saying the words “I love you” first and had stronger feelings!
Also interestingly, there was little difference in the attitude of men and women about their relationships. While this study is not definitive, women might not be as big of “fools for love” as they are depicted!