For years, an urban legend circulated online and in documentaries purporting how part of a groundbreaking musical instrument — versions which are stored at a Bay Area university and other institutions — was dipped in LSD. Online chatter detailed how musicians who used the instrument would wet their finger, touch the device, and then lick their finger to get a little bit of mind-expanding inspiration.
Curtis got to work, disassembling a newer module when he noticed a crystal-like substance stuck under one of the knobs. He attempted to clean it the equipment and rubbed off the rest of the residue with his finger. After about 45 minutes, he felt the sensations of an acid come up.
He ended up going on a 9-hour trip before continuing with his repair. Sure enough, when the testing came back, the crystalized substance was identified as LSD.
It’s unknown whether the synthesizer, owned by Cal State University, was intentionally laced with LSD in the past, or if a spill happened at any point over the years. Either way, this legend has proven to be at least partly true.