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Staff Pick: I Feel Better With a Frog in My Throat: History’s Strangest Cures

Staff Pick: I Feel Better With a Frog in My Throat: History’s Strangest Cures

I Feel Better With a Frog in My Throat

It wasn’t too long ago that people tried all sorts of things to help sick people feel better. They tried wild things like drinking a glass full of millipedes or putting some mustard on one’s head. Some of the cures worked, and some of them…well, let’s just say that millipedes, living or dead, are not meant to be ingested.

This is a funny medical mystery tour to discover that while times may have changed, many of today’s most reliable cure-alls have their roots in some very peculiar practices, and so relevant connections can be drawn from what they did then to what we do now.

Feeling sick? Look up remedies in this book but beware! Have a sore throat? Put a necklace made of earthworms around your neck. Have a cough? Eat frog soup. Does honey help a wound? For more cures read: I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat, History’s Strangest Cures. Will you enjoy or be grossed out?

Recommended by: Jackie Hill, Franklin Road Branch Library

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In the Forensics Lab

In the Forensics Lab

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Meet Forensic Criminalist Jose Almirall

If you think you might like forensic science, you might like to take a look inside a crime lab or listen to someone who is a forensic scientist. Forensics are scientific tests that are used to solve mysteries. A forensic scientist might work in a lab or might go out to places where crimes are committed, the crime scene. Watch this video of Jose. He uses forensic science to solve mysteries. By testing physical evidence he identifies suspects or helps prove people innocent.

 


Forensic Books:

Bones Never Lie Forensics Club CSI: The Case of the Digital Deception Forensic Secrets Blood and DNA
Crime Lab Detectives Forensic Science How to be a Crime Scene Investigator CSI Expert Forensic Science Projects with a Crime Lab You Can Build
In the Laboratory
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Invisible Ink

Invisible Ink

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If you want to communicate secretly with another person, you might decide to write your message in a secret code or you might choose to write your message in invisible ink. These three websites give you directions for writing a message in invisible ink. Give it a try!

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Handwriting Analysis

Handwriting Analysis

Handwriting Analysis

No two people write in exactly the same way. Detectives use handwriting analysis to solve mysteries. A handwriting expert can tell whether or a not a person wrote a letter or note. Even if a suspect tries to disguise their handwriting, a good handwriting expert can tell. The more samples of the suspects handwriting there are, the easier it is for the expert to identify writing patterns of the person being tested.

Try out your skills analyzing handwriting playing these two games: CSI Handwriting Analysis Game (scroll to game 2) and Fetch CSI: Tugboat Thug.

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Codes

Codes

MakingCodesCodes are used whenever people want to keep a message private. You need to know how the code works and the person receiving your message needs to know how the code works too. Here are some online activities to practice making and breaking secret codes:

Code Books:

Spy Codes and Ciphers Breaking Secret Codest Destroy After Reading the World of Secret Codes Codes and Ciphers
Mysterious Messages Sly the Sleuth and the Code Mysteries
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