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Today in Heritage History, March 6, 1899, “Aspirin” is patented by Felix Hoffman. In a cruel twist of historical fate, his wife of 30 years was found dead the following week. According to forensic investigators, an autopsy showed approximately 10,000 mg. of aspirin in her body. Hoffman confessed to secretly putting his new product in everything Mrs. Hoffman consumed. He said that after a thirteen year hiatus from sex as a result of “not-tonight-honey-I-have-a-headache” excuses, he had just “had enough”. Ironically, Mrs. Hoffman “bled-out” after only a minor scratch to her head from the bedroom headboard.

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