Got Plague? Try Powdered Toad.

If you thought injecting disinfectant to cure COVID-19 was the most asinine medical suggestion of all time, imagine trying to cure the plague with a lozenge made of powdered toad and toad vomit.

That idea wasn't Donald Trump's. It was from Isaac Newton—yes, that Isaac Newton—“the world’s greatest scientific mind.”

Newton’s musings on the matter are being auctioned off this week, hopefully not to researchers considering COVID-19 treatments.

Specifically: “the best is a toad suspended by the legs in a chimney for three days, which at last vomited up earth with various insects in it, on to a dish of yellow wax, and shortly after died.” 

But to Newton’s credit, we’ve all had to kiss a few frogs before getting it right.

The Guardian

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