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THE COCAINE OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY by Doris Lanier


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#1 Harry

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 04:18 AM

i don't know if this book has been mentioned in the WS forum before. but it goes into some extreme absinthe misuse. i guess you can get ill from abusing anything in mass doses....even Twinkies.........

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 06:40 AM

You can read the first 67 pages on-line in the preview, which I did. I posted an appropriate comment. :poop: This was written in 1994 before much of what we now know, this is no excuse however, for the selling of something so wrong in its premise.

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 06:42 AM

It's an interesting read, mainly for the historic passages as a way to read through a lot of the misinformation going around during those times. But for the layman, it would be difficult to separate fact from fiction.
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Posted 30 January 2011 - 10:55 AM

I always thought that title was pretty silly. Cocaine was plenty popular during the 19th century. :unsure:
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Posted 30 January 2011 - 11:35 AM

Sure, they put it in cola! Makes 4-Loco seem really tame by comparison... :blink:
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Posted 30 January 2011 - 12:03 PM

My brother is in the army stationed in Augusta, GA and 4Loco is their drink of choice! :puke: I've never tried it, but can only imagine...

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 12:11 PM

I'll be in GA soon!!
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Posted 30 January 2011 - 12:26 PM

I'm glad you will be back in the US, Ron! :cheers:

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 12:29 PM

Agreed!
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Posted 30 January 2011 - 12:44 PM

Safe travels Ron!

My brother is in the army stationed in Augusta, GA and 4Loco is their drink of choice! :puke: I've never tried it, but can only imagine...



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Posted 30 January 2011 - 04:38 PM

Great to hear!

I'll be in GA soon!!


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Posted 30 January 2011 - 05:28 PM

I'm glad you will be back in the US, Ron! :cheers:


I can't agree enough with this affirmation, even though we've never met. :cheers:

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#13 Ron

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 05:31 PM

Appreciate it, everyone!

And Abs, I've said it time and time again. I'm all about inviting people to Joe's place. Join us this summer! Otherwise, I'll just have to make a trip up your way next time I'm in WA. I've got to visit some friends in Everett anyway, might as well keep on the Canadian trail.

I'm pretty sure I've accidentally hijacked two threads now in regards to my imminent return from exile, btw.
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Posted 30 January 2011 - 05:35 PM

It's an interesting read, mainly for the historic passages as a way to read through a lot of the misinformation going around during those times. But for the layman, it would be difficult to separate fact from fiction.


Agreed on both counts - the historical quotes and anecdotal references are very interesting, but the book is sorely lacking in accuracy (and I don't just mean with reference to the science, either - I couldn't believe how many typos there were throughout the text). The two blurbs on the back are unintentionally hilarious, as well, with the best being "Tells the history of a hallucinogenic drink". Bear in mind that the subtitle on the front already reads, "A history of the hallucinogenic drug...", so not only is the info about absinthe being a hallucinogen flawed, but you can see that the folks at C&RL News weren't trying too hard to provide a good blurb. Maybe they had read the book already :laugh:

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 05:38 PM

Way to bring us back on track, Jay!
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Posted 30 January 2011 - 05:41 PM

Well hey, it's great practice in the art of multi-tasking. I've got to keep my skills honed during my job search.

(Pay no attention to the second derailing of this thread :laf: )

And bon voyage back to the homeland! :cheers:

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 05:42 PM

Ron:

1) I know I should.

2) Since I probably won't, I know you should.

3) Yes, you have, and hopefully it won't be the last time. :laugh: :cheers:

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#18 Ron

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Posted 30 January 2011 - 05:46 PM

Damn. I was going to spot you that missing parenthesis. But you found yours.
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Posted 30 January 2011 - 05:58 PM

I usually do, eventually. :twitchsmile:

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