When does procuring ingredients for basic medicine make for a scandalous plot? When it can also be turned into an explosive. The Great Phenol plot is one of the biggest conspiracies that no one remembers.
It's a shame that so few people remember the Great Phenol Plot. Not only was it a tale of scientific scandal, it humiliated Thomas Edison. (As far as I can tell, most modern io9ers are firmly on Team Tesla when it comes to the historical grudge match of Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison.) And it all comes from that innocent white pill that sits in everyone's medicine cabinet - aspirin.