Great Game Previews In History: 4 November 2013

by J.R.

Today In History:

Simpson_James_Young_signature_pictureSir James Young Simpson discovers the anesthetic properties of chloroform on this day, 1847.

First thing about him: “Young” wasn’t his middle name. He gave himself his own middle name. It’s either because everyone at medical school called him “Young Simpson” and he liked the way it sounded, or because he was younger than most of his peers and he was mocking them.

Second, he basically discovered chloroform could knock a dude out while having a huffing party and then getting a young girl high:

Dr Simpson and two of his friends, Drs Keith and Duncan used to sit every evening in Dr Simpson’s dining room to try new chemicals to see if they had any anaesthetic effect. On 4 November 1847 they decided to try a ponderous material named chloroform that they had previously ignored. On inhaling the chemical they found that a general mood of cheer and humour had set in. But suddenly all of them collapsed only to regain consciousness the next morning. Simpson knew, as soon as he woke up, that he had found something that could be used as an anaesthetic. They soon had Miss Petrie, Simpson’s niece, try it. She fell asleep soon after inhaling it while singing the words, “I am an angel!”

Red Wings at Jets, 7 PM

Records: Red Wings (9-4-2, 20 points, 3rd in Flortheast); Jets (5-8-2, 12 points, 7th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: Detroit put up a seven spot in a six-goal win December 7, 2011.

Last 10: Detroit 6-2-2; Winnipeg 3-5-2

Historical Context: The Jets. Chloroform. I’m not sure I need to elaborate.