Friday, August 29, 2008

Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Absinthe was banned in the US for over 90 years because of its alleged psychoactive properties. But studies of century-old absinthe samples show that absinthe drinkers were just very very drunk.

"The long-cherished idea that absinthe, an anise-flavored alcoholic beverage with a history of use by artists like Van Gogh and Picasso, is or ever was hallucinogenic might have met its death by data today.

"German scientists put old bottles of the substance to the test and found that the liquid is 70 percent alcohol (140 proof) and 0 percent hallucination."
-Wired Blog

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