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Monday, April 18, 2005

Bicycle Day




Cletus sez....

Around here us folks celebrate
Bicycle Day with Mom, flag and apple pie and bullwhip crackin' fer de kiddies. We'll have none of that acid droppin' pussy shite around these parts. Catch yer lickin' any blotter paper & we'll have yer strung up by yer gizzards. Now git goin' and go pedal somethin'. C'mon now! Aw, dang, someone done stoled my wheels.....

From Wikipedia
Three days later, on
April 19, 1943 (known as Bicycle Day), Dr. Hofmann intentionally ingested 250µg of LSD, which he hypothesized would be a threshold dose, based on other ergot alkaloids. In reality the threshold is 25µg. Hoffman wrote:
By now it was already clear to me that LSD had been the cause of the remarkable experience of the previous Friday, for the altered perceptions were of the same type as before, only much more intense. I had to struggle to speak intelligibly.

I asked my laboratory assistant, who was informed of the self-experiment, to escort me home. We went by bicycle, no automobile being available because of wartime restrictions on their use. On the way home, my condition began to assume threatening forms. Everything in my field of vision wavered and was distorted as if seen in a curved mirror. I also had the sensation of being unable to move from the spot. Nevertheless, my assistant later told me we had traveled very rapidly.

Dr. Hofmann summoned a doctor, who could find no abnormal physical symptoms other than extremely dilated pupils. After spending several hours terrified that his body had been possessed by a demon, that his next door neighbor was a witch, and that his furniture was threatening him, Dr. Hofmann feared he had become completely insane.

2 Comments:

  • and that his furniture was threatening him

    Surely this must be the inspiration behind Monty Pythons Church Bells sketch?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:49 pm, April 18, 2005  

  • I noticed the same thing on Wikipedia, got all excited thinking it actually had something to do with cycling.

    I'm such a naive, non-lsd-imbibing fool.

    By Blogger silkecycler, at 9:06 am, April 19, 2005  

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