By in Random

Spending time at the Dallas Public Library, reading from a collegiate dictionary of all things. And taking notes.

My wife likes to read more than I do. Today, being a Sunday, we both were a bit stir crazy so we drove to the local Dallas public library to check in some items and look for something to read and a few videos to look at later.

As I looked over at a wooden rocking chair and being somewhat tired from having walked a lot at the local Target store, I decided, while my wife looked for some reading material, to just sit and look at the new book section, from a sitting position. I was not interested in reading anything to be quite frank.

Then a College Encyclopedia caught my eye and I asked my wife to please hand that big thick dictionary to me so I could just sit and read some from it. She handed the very large dictionary to me while she went searching for books and magazines.

I opened up a random page, and just started reading it, in spite of my sleepy eyes and groggy feeling. Of all the pages in that several hundred page eleventh edition of Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary in the English language, I began reading from the right side of page 781, beginning with the word [methyl cellulose (1920): Any of various gummy products, of cellulose methylation that swell in water and are used esp. as emulsifiers, adhesives, thickeners and bulk laxatives.]

I went down the list of words, listed alphabetically, to the next word and it's definition, (metyldopa, then methylene, methylene blue, methylene chloride as in paint thinner, methyl isocyanate used in the manufacture of pesticides, until I came across the following word: METHYL PHENIDATE: [A mild stimulant of the central nervous system, used in the form of its hydrochloride to treat narcolepsy and hyperactivity disorders (as attention deficit disorder in children.]

Finally at the end of the methyl word listing was the word [Methyl sergide lysergic acid + amide. (1962): A seritonin antagonist, used in the form of its maleate esp. in the tretment of and prevention of migraine headaches.]

So I gather I have taken two types of chemicals that have been manufactured though modern chemistry, that are one or another combination of methyl as the base of it's chemical structure.

One for childhood hyperactivity and the other for migraine headaches. Funny that I stumbled on that page at random.

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MegL wrote on September 17, 2018, 1:57 AM

Yes, much more interesting when it applies personally.

Kasman wrote on September 17, 2018, 6:40 PM

You never know when odd bits of information or knowledge will come in handy!

lookatdesktop wrote on September 18, 2018, 9:51 AM

So true, I once enjoyed looking through a local white pages telephone directory to come across certain names that were totally amusing. That book I just finished reading, The Everything Writing Well Book by Pamela Rice Hahn - was a good resource for me personally. I recommend anyone who enjoys writing for fun or for profit, to read that book. I just ordered a used copy of it for my reference for 4.99 from Amazon.

Last Edited: September 18, 2018, 10:09 AM

lookatdesktop wrote on September 18, 2018, 9:54 AM

I was recently reading a book entitled, THE EVERYTHING Writing Well Book and it had a reference to writers deriving information from random sources, to use in their fictional writing of books and short stories. Even referring to the local Yellow Pages or even the local newspaper can give a writer ideas to put in their story telling. But it was kind of interesting that I opened that page and found the information applicable to me personally, just by sheer coincidence.