Bryan Cranston has been praised to no end for his portrayal of cancer-ridden teacher turned meth cook. Part of what makes the show so successful is how real it feels, and with good reason: Bryan Cranston actually learned how to cook meth in preparation for the show!
The producers hired some DEA chemists to serve as consultants on the show. Part of what they showed the actors was the real process to cook meth. Although he implied it, Cranston said he didn't cook real meth, although hypothetically, it would've been really good.
Cooking the drug, as fans of the show know, is actually a very difficult process because there are so many volatile components that can explode and severely hurt the cook.
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Cough…cough…COUGH. Ugh. It seems like everybody is sick with something these days. You’ve heard about chicken soup, hand washing, vitamin C, and all the usual ways to keep healthy. But once you’ve caught the bug, there’s not much you can do other than wait it out with some tissues and a warm bed. Not even the over-the-counter medicine helps that hacking cough! We’re here to help. A recent study found that honey was more effective in treating a persistent cough than cough syrup.
105 children were involved in the study, and the results were overwhelming. Honey consistently scored better than cough syrup in all categories: decreasing cough frequency, lessening severity, and improving sleep quality. Of course, parents will want to consult with their child’s pediatrician before giving their little ones honey, but if given the go-head, it’s a unique (and natural) way to deal with that nasty cough that keeps the whole family up at night.
Boys, not women, were the first choice for telephone operators. They were replaced because of their constant trolling.
In January 1878, the Boston Telephone Dispatch companies started employing a few boys to be the first telephone operators. Now, while boys had been very successful as telephone operators, their lack of patience and tendency to troll wasn’t considered acceptable for live phone contact. Thus, the company started hiring women operators instead.
The first woman hired was Emma Mills Nutt (the wife of a male telephone operator). And it seems like telephone operating skills run in the family, because only a few hours later, Emma’s sister Stella Nutt became the world’s second known telephone operator. The customer response to women’s “smooth, soothing voices and patience” was overwhelmingly positive, and so boys were soon replaced by women.
Emma was later hired by Alexander Graham Bell to work in a local telegraph office; it is rumored that she could remember every number in the New England Telephone Company directory.