Manufacturers & New Years, v. 4: Relief After a Long Night

By December 30, 2005General

Blogging from AustraliaToday finds the Apprentice in Hervey Bay in route to Fraser Island. for the morning/afternoon 4WD trip to check out where the Dingo’s roam wild. Do you know where the line, “The Dingo Ate Your Baby?” actually came from? (Hint: Its not from Seinfeld).

In any event, as we sat down to write today we thought about all the upcoming partying we plan on doing tomorrow. Should one need relief following the New Year’s festivities, you may want to take a few Aspirin, a registered trademark of Bayer Corporation. Founded as a manufacturer and seller of synthetic dyestuffs in 1863 in Barmen, Germany, by Friedrich Bayer, today the company employs 113,600 people around the world, including 22,800 in North America with U.S. operations headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The story of Aspirin dates back to 1897 when a young chemist working for Bayer, Dr. Felix Hoffmann, synthesized for the first time in a chemically pure and stable form, a remedy for rheumatoid arthritis that was plaguing his father.

Today, scientists all over the world are discovering new facts of Aspirin all the time. The annual “International Aspirin Award,” which was created in 1995, is Bayer’s appreciation of the discovery of new modes of action and therapeutic uses of acetylsalicylic acid, the active ingredient of Aspirin.

Be sure to come back on the 31st to view The First Blog Entry of the New Year and stay tuned to find out where we’ll be blogging from on New Year’s Eve.