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#1 stringth

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 04:07 PM

From MedicineNet.com's "Definition of absinthe." Be warned!


" . . . The first important medical research on absinthe was initiated in 1864 by a psychiatrist, Valentin Jacques Joseph Magnan, who exposed a veritable Noah's arkful of animals to wormwood oil (the essence of absinthe) and alcohol (the base of absinthe). He put cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs under an individual glass case next to a saucer of either wormwood oil or alcohol. The animals that breathed the alcohol fumes became drunk while those that inhaled the vapors of wormwood had epileptic seizures, reported Dr. Magnan in the medical journal The Lancet.


Prolonged drinking of absinthe causes convulsions, blindness, hallucinations, and mental deterioration. . . ."

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#2 Sola

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 07:47 PM

Sounds like a good time to me! :twitchsmile:

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Posted 24 October 2008 - 08:19 PM

Also from that article: "Last Editorial Review: 11/18/1998 11:44:00 AM"

They obviously haven't seen the WS site or this published research paper.
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#4 dakini_painter

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 09:16 AM

I'm pretty sure the TTB and FDA haven't seen it either.

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 12:13 PM

Ha! Yes, too true.
"The Saint when he is drinking/Is also pleasing God/As if he were praying and singing." - Angelus Silesius, quoted in Simmel's On Individuality and Social Forms, p.391. (Yay for classical sociology!)

"Full bottle in front of me/Time to roll up my sleeves and get to work/And after many glasses of work/I get paid in the brain" - They Might Be Giants "Your Own Worst Enemy."

"I've an absinthe factory in my head" (jcbphd, 2009). [Liberties taken. -ed.]

#6 MMarking

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 04:38 PM

I sure could save a lot of $$$ if I only had to sniff the open bottle and therefore get a buzz.
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