"The Curious Cook column last Wednesday, about the chemistry of meat color, referred incorrectly to the chemical that binds with the pigment myoglobin to make nitrite-cured meat pink. It is nitric oxide (NO) — not nitrous oxide (N2O), a sedative used in dentistry."
The New York Times on Laughing Gas
"One common complaint was sore throats, known in the community as, of course, sword throats..... One individual, perhaps trying to work up to the full-size sword, wound up having 'a bread knife removed transabdominally.' Which easily beats having a bread knife inserted transabdominally."