Learned yesterday about Plato's Allegory of the Cave. The class discussion was very interesting, and it is hard to tell which is more disturbing: the original intention of the allegory or modernizing it to fit current day politics. At least in the original intention, the suppressors were a visible force. A mountain to be climbed. Today...
Hahahahaha I just learned the reason witches are often depicted flying on broomsticks. Apparently, there are certain hallucinogenic salves that some women applied to their genitals using the handles of brooms. They couldn't ingest the stuff because it would make them ill, but rubbing it in their armpits or genitals did the trick without making them sick. The whole flying around thing came from their own hallucinations, which they firmly believed were reality.
Yes! They would use nightshade and mandrake. Their active drugs are called anticholinergics. You've taken benadryl before, right? You remember it making you kinda drowsy and loopy? Benadryl is also an anticholinergic on top of an antihistamine. If anyone else has heard of something called datura, well it has the same drugs in it that nightshade and mandrake have. They can make you hallucinate like crazy and I mean actual hallucinations where you see stuff and think it's actually there, not like with shrooms where things look distorted but you know it's not real. It's also kinda interesting that they applied it to their vaginas because anticholinergic drugs can stimulate erections and have been used as aphrodisiacs in India and throughout that part of the world. I'm not surprised it felt like flying either.
They'd make the salve out of powdered mandrake and or nightshade and mix it with animal fats.
Yesterday, I learned about the origins of Nascar. In the probationary time period of the US, Alchohol bootleggers would need a fast car to be able to outrun the cops. On the weekends, they would have races to see whose car was the fastest. This eventually evolved into Nascar (at least that's ehat me teacher told me. I haven't double checked this yet).
That's a bit further into the origins. It first started out as a few situations of someone bragging about how fast their car was and someone else telling them to put their money where their mouth was. They figured out that holy shit, it was fun, and started holding organized races.
Source: I live in Mississippi, and this is taught in Sunday School the week after we learn about the birth of Christ.
So that's presumably residual booze from the visiting crews' bodies, diffused into the air in their spacecraft and subsequently mixed into the air of the ISS? Or are the levels high enough that they definitely brought drinks along?