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The Fungus Man - Retardo Culo Strikes Again!

Excerpt from The Fungus Man

“Jim, meet Doc Handley. Doc, meet Jim Jefferson,”

Thus did Manny introduced me to Doc, who extended his right hand to grip mine like a vise. 1,063 more words

David Arthur Walters

Pocket Full of Rye

In a New England town one cold February morning in 1692, a girl began to bark at her father, screaming and convulsing about the room. Later, that girl’s cousin also began to show similar trembling and screaming fits. 819 more words

Conspiracy

Six Common Foods that Can Make You Sick

It’s obvious that  extra food portions of food will add calories and extra weight to your waistline. What you may not be aware of is that larger quantities of some common foods can actually make you sick. 489 more words

Health

Dinosaurs and LSD - Grassroots UPDATE

A few months ago I wrote on this blog about the possible evolutionary origin of grass during the Cretaceous period. Although grass was generally accepted as having evolved during the Eocene (40 million years ago) there were some intriguing phytoliths from India which suggested otherwise. 536 more words

Current Controversies

Quotes & Links #38

1) zeit.de: Pegida – Die gefährlichen Ängste der Alten

Und jetzt erzählt mir mein Onkel, er wolle noch schnell die Zuwanderung begrenzen? Und damit die einzigen, die mir helfen könnten, seine Rente zu bezahlen, aus Deutschland fernhalten?

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Quotes & Links Absurd

venerated trivia roundup

Let’s roundup some obliquely-saint-related trivia…

anthony :: elmo :: patrons :: numbers

1. Depending on where you are, St. Anthony’s Fire is either the skin infection erysipelas (Britain & the US; it’s what killed John Stuart Mill), shingles (Italy and Malta), or ergotism (France and Germany). 1,403 more words

History

A Common Misconception: The Ergot Theory and the Salem Witch Trials

During my time as a tour guide in Salem, one of the common comments I heard involved the ergot poisoning theory. Each time a tourist asked, “Wasn’t there a mold on the wheat?” I went on to explain why most historians that study the witch trials refute this theory. 2,041 more words