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No one I know has been able to drink more than a bottlecapful of pure ethanol in one go. Yes, I know people who've tried. . . .

"Modern uses span an even broader application range, most notably the manufacture of wear-resistant shoes and clothing; stronger ropes, nets and parachutes." This statement intrigued me, so I started looking for examples. I found lots of statements on te web that are similar to this one, but all of them start our with 'If we could make spider silk". Given that it takes millions of anti-social spiders to make a kilogram of silk, it seems unlikely that any commercial poducts exist. Does anyone know of products that currently use spider silk?

You forgot to mention that tarantulas produce silk from their feet. Is it possible that Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive tarantula?

"honey and sugar paste as a homeopathic alternative treatment" As they say in The Princess Bride, I don't think that word means what you think it means. If it was homeopathic it would be diluted until there was nothing there. I'm not up on the alternative-woo but the right word might be "holistic" or "naturalistic".


Maybe "all-natural"? (You know, like deadly nightshade.) Or, how about "organic"? To quote my old college pal Dylan Stiles,

> I have always found the phrase "organic chemistry" somewhat ironic, because the word organic usually conjures up
> images of extra-crunchy Trader Joe's all-natural granola. But the reality of an organic chemistry lab is that
> it's filled with the nastiest, most toxic substances known to mankind.

(Yes, he **is** the fellow who did the NMR of his own ear wax. He's moving on from blogging to write a regular column for **Chemistry World**, leaving the blogosphere a little poorer in his wake.)

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      2 oz Tequila
      2 oz Triple sec
      2 oz Rose's sweetened lime juice
      7-Up or Sprite
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      1/2 oz light rum
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      2 oz light cream
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      1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
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      1 oz Campari
      1 oz fresh lemon juice
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      1/4 oz Grand Marnier
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